Operations Researcher - Federal Salaries of 2018

Pay Rates for "Operations Researcher"

How much does an Operations Researcher in the federal government get paid? $120,718.68* *Based on the 2018 average.

Operations Researcher was the 172nd most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2018, with 970 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2018, the Federal Aviation Administration hired the most employees titled Operations Research, with an average salary of $135,152.

Government Operations Research jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Operations Research job is GS-6, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is GS-15. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions fall under this job category. Due to the growing focus of them STEM fields, individuals in this job category tend to advance more quickly than employees in the other job categories. Jobs in this category are being added quickly and many organizations have trouble finding qualified individuals. Individuals in this job category typically recieve pormotions of 2 grade increases at a time until they reach GS-12.

Agencies that have hired an Operations Researcher

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Federal Aviation Administration 170 $135,151.96
Department of Energy 140 $112,141.99
Internal Revenue Service 109 $118,035.01
Food and Drug Administration 88 $117,270.82
Office of Secretary of Transportation 58 $118,795.34
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 33 $117,000.91
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 29 $116,057.48
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 28 $131,433.04
U.S. Coast Guard 28 $111,672.89
National Protection and Programs Directorate 19 $121,960.53
Social Security Administration 19 $112,703.47
Transportation Security Administration 19 $131,624.00
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 18 $124,859.67
Federal Acquisition Service 17 $121,489.71
Ous for Science and Technology 17 $138,522.35
Headquarters, Nasa 12 $148,405.17
Goddard Space Flight Center 12 $104,104.75
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 11 $109,999.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 9 $72,381.11
Federal Emergency Management Agency 8 $93,402.38
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 8 $131,759.63
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 8 $106,886.13
Geological Survey 7 $110,115.86
Securities and Exchange Commission 6 $152,567.00
Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary for Management 6 $125,712.83
U.S. Secret Service 6 $118,896.17
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 5 $113,704.00
Consumer Product Safety Commission 5 $90,767.40
Bureau of the Census 5 $112,144.60
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 5 $123,434.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 5 $126,983.20
Federal Railroad Administration 4 $141,711.25
Food Safety and Inspection Service 4 $115,058.75
Environmental Protection Agency 3 $144,666.00
National Institutes of Health 3 $130,030.00
Administration for Children and Families 3 $127,632.67
Forest Service 3 $98,932.00
National Institute of Standards and Technology 2 $149,522.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 2 $73,574.00
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 2 $116,205.00
Rural Housing Service 2 $127,154.50
Federal Highway Administration 2 $121,706.50
Veterans Health Administration 2 $85,773.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 2 $124,823.00
Federal Student Aid 2 $89,524.00
Public Buildings Service 2 $94,796.00
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 2 $63,511.00
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 1 $134,426.00
Bureau of Reclamation 1 $108,463.00
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 1 $98,356.00
Langley Research Center 1 $125,073.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $60,470.00
Office of Personnel Management 1 $116,914.00
National Endowment for the Arts 1 $134,426.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 1 $187,000.00
Office of Management (Department of Education) 1 $123,223.00
Federal Bureau of Investigation 1 $130,692.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 1 $131,833.00
Office of Justice Programs 1 $161,900.00
Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer 1 $113,531.00
U.S. Marshals Service 1 $123,234.00
Health Resources and Services Administration 1 $111,295.00
U.S. Trustee Program 1 $134,426.00
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 1 $54,972.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 1 $54,972.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 1 $161,900.00
Bureau of Labor Statistics 1 $119,489.00

Operations Researcher Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Operations Researcher is $120,718.68. The highest paid Operations Researcher made $192,522 in 2018.

Common Operations Researcher Payscales

Payscale Number of Operations Research Employees
GS - General Schedule 712
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 151
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 31
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 19
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 18
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 12
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 6
EN - Nat Nuclear Security Admin Exc Srvc Only 4
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 4
SL - Senior Level Positions 2
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 2
ES - Senior Executive Service 2
RG - Code For Use By Hhs Only. 2
IC - Federal Emergency Management Agency Use 2
EV - Faa Executive Compensation Plan 1
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
ST - Scientific And Professional 1

Starting Paygrade: $33,567.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $142,180.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-15, Step 10
Category: Professional and Scientific

Other Jobs at the GS-6 Paygrade

GS-6 is the starting paygrade for Operations Research jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the GS-6 paygrade.

Occupation Occupation Category Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
AccountingProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Instructional SystemsProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Therapeutic Radiologic TechnologistTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Educational TherapistProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Military PayClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9

Average Operations Research Pay Trend from 2004 to 2018

In 2004, the average pay for an Operations Researcher was $97,419. Since then, the average pay has increased to $120,719 in 2018.

Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 1515.

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