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Operations Researcher - Federal Salaries of 2009

Pay Rates for "Operations Researcher"

How much does an Operations Researcher in the federal government get paid? $111,253.73* *Based on the 2009 average.

Operations Researcher was the 211th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2009, with 641 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2009, the Federal Aviation Administration hired the most employees titled Operations Research, with an average salary of $115,809.

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 152 $115,809.24
Internal Revenue Service 104 $102,999.33
Department of Energy 81 $106,607.86
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 63 $110,763.16
Food and Drug Administration 33 $100,167.00
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 28 $103,862.11
U.S. Coast Guard 18 $98,342.50
Science and Technology Directorate 11 $148,954.36
Forest Service 10 $87,283.50
Social Security Administration 10 $116,308.50
Environmental Protection Agency 9 $148,946.56
Goddard Space Flight Center 9 $112,311.78
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 8 $135,169.88
Federal Railroad Administration 6 $121,940.67
Transportation Security Administration 6 $129,903.50
U.S. Secret Service 6 $96,865.83
Food Safety and Inspection Service 5 $86,130.20
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 5 $113,401.00
Headquarters, Nasa 5 $124,324.60
National Institute of Standards and Technology 4 $150,405.50
Federal Acquisition Service 4 $99,318.50
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 4 $108,061.25
Consumer Product Safety Commission 4 $75,184.50
Department of State 4 $127,603.67
National Institutes of Health 4 $147,034.25
Citizenship and Immigration Services 4 $123,052.50
Geological Survey 4 $112,832.50
Veterans Health Administration 3 $97,483.33
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 3 $144,713.33
Health Resources and Services Administration 2 $103,321.50
Federal Bureau of Investigation 2 $118,132.00
Office of Justice Programs 2 $159,248.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 2 $75,189.50
U.S. Trustee Program 2 $121,563.50
Bureau of Labor Statistics 2 $143,746.50
Federal Student Aid 2 $116,419.00
Office of Personnel Management 1 $89,825.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 1 $153,200.00
Office of National Drug Control Policy 1 $50,408.00
Federal Highway Administration 1 $73,100.00
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 1 $109,570.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 1 $144,997.00
Indian Health Service 1 $153,200.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1 $113,007.00
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 1 $128,886.00
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing 1 $133,543.00
Langley Research Center 1 $104,525.00
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation., & Enforcement 1 $136,043.00
National Park Service 1 $133,232.00
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $140,969.00
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 1 $86,927.00
Employee Benefits Security Administration 1 $123,269.00
Employment Standards Administration 1 $133,543.00
Office of Management and Budget 1 $153,200.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $112,013.00
Economic Research Service 1 $150,025.00

Operations Researcher Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Operations Researcher is $111,253.73. The highest paid Operations Researcher made $184,801 in 2009.

Common Operations Researcher Payscales

Payscale Number of Operations Research Employees
GS - General Schedule 412
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 122
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 32
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 29
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 7
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 6
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 6
ES - Senior Executive Service 5
AP - Admin, Profess, & Scientific Career Path 5
SL - Senior Level Positions 4
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 3
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 3
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 2
EJ - Dept Of Energy Org Act Excepted Service 2
ST - Scientific And Professional 1
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
EV - Faa Executive Compensation Plan 1

Starting Paygrade: $33,903.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $143,598.00 / 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 2019

In 2004, the average pay for an Operations Researcher was $97,419. Since then, the average pay has increased to $126,797 in 2019.

Data Sources

The information provided on these pages is sourced from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI) dataset. Postal Service data is managed exclusively by the USPS . All information is displayed unmodified and as provided by the source agency.

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The series code of this occupation is 1515.

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