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Operations Researcher - Federal Salaries of 2021

Pay Rates for "Operations Researcher"

How much does an Operations Researcher in the federal government get paid? $133,847.89* *Based on the 2021 average.
1,042 EMPLOYEES
$136.12M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Operations Researcher was the 166th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2021, with 1,042 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2021, the Federal Aviation Administration hired the most employees titled Operations Research, with an average salary of $152,167.

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 $152,167.32
Food and Drug Administration 137 $133,506.28
Internal Revenue Service 134 $119,891.02
Department of Energy 125 $120,778.67
Office of Secretary of Transportation 44 $134,119.75
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 37 $141,800.11
Customs and Border Protection 37 $138,956.89
U.S. Coast Guard 33 $117,824.85
Citizenship and Immigration Services 26 $127,320.50
Federal Acquisition Service 25 $134,215.54
Transportation Security Administration 23 $147,701.78
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 20 $133,442.15
Social Security Administration 19 $125,517.84
National Protection and Programs Directorate 17 $132,410.47
Goddard Space Flight Center 13 $134,162.69
Headquarters, Nasa 12 $159,005.75
Bureau of the Census 10 $125,601.70
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 9 $148,545.56
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 9 $140,105.11
Science and Technology Directorate 8 $151,232.88
Federal Emergency Management Agency 7 $112,206.29
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 7 $124,992.57
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 6 $99,688.67
Bureau of Labor Statistics 6 $133,587.17
Veterans Benefits Administration 6 $134,523.50
U.S. Secret Service 5 $148,937.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 5 $130,422.60
Securities and Exchange Commission 5 $185,418.60
Geological Survey 5 $153,766.60
Veterans Health Administration 5 $123,806.40
Federal Student Aid 4 $128,129.00
Consumer Product Safety Commission 4 $124,874.00
Federal Railroad Administration 4 $146,982.50
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 4 $123,055.00
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing 3 $132,059.33
National Institutes of Health 3 $143,876.67
Environmental Protection Agency 3 $141,096.50
Food Safety and Inspection Service 3 $113,293.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 3 $93,628.67
Langley Research Center 2 $138,252.50
Federal Highway Administration 2 $141,058.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 2 $141,469.00
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 2 $151,475.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 2 $137,538.50
National Credit Union Administration 2 $0.00
National Institute of Standards and Technology 2 $168,985.00
National Endowment for the Arts 2 $119,304.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 2 $74,250.00
Forest Service 2 $128,485.50
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 2 $140,557.00
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 2 $120,073.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 1 $199,300.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 1 $120,523.00
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 1 $122,530.00
Administration for Children and Families 1 $107,548.00
Health Resources and Services Administration 1 $131,341.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 1 $126,614.00
Office of the Human Resources Management 1 $126,032.00
Farm Credit Administration 1 $1,500.00
Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development 1 $142,950.00
U.S. Marshals Service 1 $142,950.00
Office of Justice Programs 1 $174,500.00
Drug Enforcement Administration 1 $130,698.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 1 $142,950.00
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 1 $103,690.00
Electronic Health Record Modernization 1 $120,972.00
Board of Veterans Appeals 1 $159,286.00
Departmental Offices 1 $147,256.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 1 $163,345.00
Department of State 1 $122,530.00
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 1 $134,782.00
Office of Personnel Management 1 $131,341.00

Operations Researcher Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Operations Researcher is $133,847.89. The highest paid Operations Researcher made $288,750 in 2021.

Common Operations Researcher Payscales

Payscale Number of Operations Research Employees
GS - General Schedule 737
FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan 143
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 35
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 27
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 9
SK - Non-supervisorty Postions Employed By The Securities And Exchange Commission (sec) And Formerly Under Gs Pay 5
IC - Employees Holding Incident Management Cadre Of On-call Response/recovery Employees(core)positions 5
IR - Internal Revenue Service Broadband Classification And Pay System Positions Only 4
SL - Senior Level Positions 2
EN - National Nuclear Security Administration Excepted Service Only 2
CU - Credit Union Employees 2
ST - Scientific And Professional 1
ES - Senior Executive Service 1
VH - Professional, Administrative, And Managerial 1
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
EF - Consultant (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
Occupation Family: 1500 MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES GROUP

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 2021

In 2004, the average pay for an Operations Researcher was $97,419. Since then, the average pay has increased to $133,848 in 2021.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 1515.

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