Operations Researcher - Federal Salaries of 2016

Pay Rates for "Operations Researcher"

How much does an Operations Researcher in the federal government get paid? $117,440.28* *Based on the 2016 average.

Operations Researcher was the 177th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2016, with 940 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration hired the most employees titled Operations Research, with an average salary of $125,384.

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 189 $125,384.33
Internal Revenue Service 121 $110,840.30
Department of Energy 113 $112,629.59
Food and Drug Administration 91 $111,603.51
Office of Secretary of Transportation 59 $116,767.71
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 32 $108,898.31
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 28 $111,299.86
U.S. Coast Guard 27 $106,481.67
Transportation Security Administration 20 $123,388.00
Ous for Science and Technology 18 $137,143.28
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 15 $144,600.80
National Protection and Programs Directorate 14 $114,094.71
Headquarters, Nasa 13 $134,743.62
Goddard Space Flight Center 13 $113,706.62
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 12 $113,216.08
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 12 $101,387.92
Social Security Administration 11 $106,483.09
Export-Import Bank of the United States 7 $59,411.43
Federal Railroad Administration 7 $133,297.71
Securities and Exchange Commission 6 $143,616.33
Forest Service 6 $96,565.00
Federal Acquisition Service 6 $105,113.67
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Policy & Planning 6 $111,133.17
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 6 $126,015.67
Consumer Product Safety Commission 5 $81,396.80
U.S. Secret Service 5 $112,391.00
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 5 $105,742.80
Bureau of the Census 5 $105,749.80
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 4 $116,178.75
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 4 $118,641.50
Geological Survey 4 $124,382.00
Food Safety and Inspection Service 4 $108,865.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 4 $108,154.00
Administration for Children and Families 4 $115,119.00
Veterans Health Administration 3 $92,602.67
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 3 $93,051.00
Environmental Protection Agency 3 $139,213.00
Rural Housing Service 2 $118,525.50
Veterans Benefits Administration 2 $121,635.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 2 $47,862.50
Langley Research Center 2 $107,869.00
Federal Student Aid 2 $74,869.50
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 2 $100,080.00
Federal Bureau of Investigation 2 $130,829.00
Public Buildings Service 1 $63,722.00
Office of Personnel Management 1 $109,798.00
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 1 $125,825.00
Office of Justice Programs 1 $158,700.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $91,657.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 1 $128,223.00
U.S. Marshals Service 1 $139,523.00
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 1 $93,851.00
Economic Research Service 1 $158,700.00
U.S. Trustee Program 1 $121,635.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 1 $158,700.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Program & Data Analysis 1 $135,945.00
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 1 $99,905.00
Bureau of Labor Statistics 1 $139,523.00
Bureau of Reclamation 1 $101,524.00
Program Support Center 1 $97,628.00
Health Resources and Services Administration 1 $99,905.00
Federal Highway Administration 1 $118,069.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 1 $183,300.00
Indian Health Service 1 $158,700.00
Office of Management (Department of Education) 1 $107,325.00
National Institutes of Health 1 $155,705.00
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 1 $125,213.00
National Institute of Standards and Technology 1 $142,098.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 1 $158,700.00
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 1 $139,523.00

Operations Researcher Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Operations Researcher is $117,440.28. The highest paid Operations Researcher made $188,936 in 2016.

Common Operations Researcher Payscales

Payscale Number of Operations Research Employees
GS - General Schedule 669
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 164
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 32
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 21
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 14
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 11
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 7
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 5
EN - Nat Nuclear Security Admin Exc Srvc Only 4
RG - Code For Use By Hhs Only. 4
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 3
SL - Senior Level Positions 2
ES - Senior Executive Service 2
IC - Federal Emergency Management Agency Use 1
EV - Faa Executive Compensation Plan 1

Starting Paygrade: $31,819.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $134,776.00 / 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
Accounting TechnicianClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Health PhysicsProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Health System SpecialistAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Respiratory TherapistTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Budget AnalysisAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15

Average Operations Research Pay Trend from 2004 to 2016

In 2004, the average pay for an Operations Researcher was $97,419. Since then, the average pay has increased to $117,440 in 2016.

Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 1515.

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