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Operations Researcher - Federal Salaries of 2022

Pay Rates for "Operations Researcher"

How much does an Operations Researcher in the federal government get paid? $137,920.58* *Based on the 2022 average.

Operations Researcher was the 163rd most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2022, with 1,041 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2022, the Federal Aviation Administration hired the most employees titled Operations Research, with an average salary of $155,618.

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 171 $155,617.74
Food and Drug Administration 138 $138,993.27
Internal Revenue Service 135 $122,851.82
Department of Energy 119 $127,391.57
Office of Secretary of Transportation 44 $137,161.64
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 36 $146,270.61
Customs and Border Protection 36 $142,164.37
U.S. Coast Guard 32 $119,041.50
Citizenship and Immigration Services 27 $131,125.67
Federal Acquisition Service 25 $139,954.88
Transportation Security Administration 23 $153,788.57
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 19 $134,224.53
Social Security Administration 18 $122,462.33
National Protection and Programs Directorate 17 $134,565.76
Headquarters, Nasa 13 $161,647.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 13 $137,335.23
Science and Technology Directorate 10 $153,058.70
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 9 $122,903.78
Bureau of the Census 9 $125,794.22
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 9 $153,521.44
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 8 $144,766.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 7 $116,221.29
Bureau of Labor Statistics 7 $139,870.14
Veterans Benefits Administration 6 $138,814.50
Securities and Exchange Commission 6 $188,909.83
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 6 $101,988.17
U.S. Secret Service 5 $153,294.00
Veterans Health Administration 5 $126,917.20
Geological Survey 5 $157,034.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 4 $133,779.50
Federal Student Aid 4 $131,138.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 4 $124,140.50
National Institutes of Health 4 $126,313.25
Federal Railroad Administration 4 $149,269.25
Consumer Product Safety Commission 3 $141,089.00
Environmental Protection Agency 3 $142,236.50
Food Safety and Inspection Service 3 $115,392.33
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing 3 $136,051.33
Export-Import Bank of the United States 3 $86,201.33
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 2 $123,302.00
Federal Highway Administration 2 $145,167.50
Langley Research Center 2 $142,107.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 2 $147,272.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 2 $147,574.00
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 2 $156,664.00
National Credit Union Administration 2 $0.00
National Institute of Standards and Technology 2 $170,201.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 2 $181,376.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 2 $142,583.50
National Endowment for the Arts 2 $123,260.50
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 2 $75,575.00
Forest Service 2 $131,581.00
Health Resources and Services Administration 1 $135,308.00
Administration for Children and Families 1 $110,798.00
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 1 $126,233.00
Office of Personnel Management 1 $135,308.00
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 1 $139,356.00
Department of State 1 $130,441.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 1 $168,282.00
Departmental Offices 1 $151,339.00
Board of Veterans Appeals 1 $164,102.00
Electronic Health Record Modernization 1 $124,626.00
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 1 $110,384.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 1 $130,441.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 1 $122,672.00
Federal Maritime Commission 1 $148,484.00
Office of the Human Resources Management 1 $129,393.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 1 $144,976.00
Farm Credit Administration 1 $0.00
Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development 1 $147,272.00
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs 1 $126,233.00
U.S. Marshals Service 1 $151,479.00
Office of Justice Programs 1 $176,300.00
Drug Enforcement Administration 1 $134,649.00

Operations Researcher Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Operations Researcher is $137,920.58. The highest paid Operations Researcher made $317,625 in 2022.

Common Operations Researcher Payscales

Payscale Number of Operations Research Employees
GS - General Schedule 730
FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan 144
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 38
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 26
SV - Transportation Security Administration Employees Other Than Executives 23
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 22
NQ - Employees In The National Nuclear Secuirty Administration's Professional, Technical, And Admin Career Path 20
RG - Scientists Appointed As Fellows And Compensated Under 42 U.s.c. 209(g). Includes Non-citizens Whose Employment 10
SK - Non-supervisorty Postions Employed By The Securities And Exchange Commission (sec) And Formerly Under Gs Pay 6
IR - Internal Revenue Service Broadband Classification And Pay System Positions Only 5
IC - Employees Holding Incident Management Cadre Of On-call Response/recovery Employees(core)positions 5
EN - National Nuclear Security Administration Excepted Service Only 2
CU - Credit Union Employees 2
SL - Senior Level Positions 2
ES - Senior Executive Service 1
ST - Scientific And Professional 1
VH - Professional, Administrative, And Managerial 1
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
EV - Federal Aviation Administration Executive Compensation Plan 1

Starting Paygrade: $36,070.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $152,771.00 / 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
Insurance AccountsClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
General Education and TrainingProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Health Aid and TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Respiratory TherapistTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Tax SpecialistAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15

Average Operations Research Pay Trend from 2004 to 2022

In 2004, the average pay for an Operations Researcher was $97,419. Since then, the average pay has increased to $137,921 in 2022.

Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 1515.

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