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Operations Researcher - Federal Salaries of 2010

Pay Rates for "Operations Researcher"

How much does an Operations Researcher in the federal government get paid? $111,710.26* *Based on the 2010 average.

Operations Researcher was the 200th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2010, with 720 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2010, the Federal Aviation Administration hired the most employees titled Operations Research, with an average salary of $117,255.

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 159 $117,255.20
Internal Revenue Service 116 $100,674.61
Department of Energy 86 $108,538.23
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 65 $111,899.72
Food and Drug Administration 48 $99,462.29
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 30 $105,415.87
U.S. Coast Guard 21 $103,451.67
Goddard Space Flight Center 13 $98,938.23
Transportation Security Administration 12 $132,352.00
Science and Technology Directorate 12 $146,077.17
Forest Service 10 $91,302.40
Social Security Administration 10 $120,651.40
Environmental Protection Agency 9 $142,407.89
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 9 $134,631.78
Citizenship and Immigration Services 9 $118,143.33
Headquarters, Nasa 8 $129,879.50
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 8 $110,201.38
U.S. Secret Service 7 $94,438.00
Federal Railroad Administration 7 $125,587.29
Food Safety and Inspection Service 5 $91,170.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 5 $120,461.80
Geological Survey 5 $109,528.00
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 4 $111,979.00
Department of State 4 $129,517.00
National Institute of Standards and Technology 4 $153,993.75
Federal Student Aid 4 $111,159.75
National Institutes of Health 4 $148,205.75
Veterans Health Administration 3 $102,294.67
Federal Acquisition Service 3 $110,966.33
Consumer Product Safety Commission 3 $74,134.33
Health Resources and Services Administration 2 $107,069.50
Bureau of Labor Statistics 2 $146,135.50
U.S. Trustee Program 2 $123,750.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 2 $83,552.00
Office of Justice Programs 2 $164,580.50
Federal Bureau of Investigation 2 $123,876.50
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 2 $142,640.50
Langley Research Center 2 $94,096.00
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation., & Enforcement 2 $136,771.00
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 2 $120,672.50
Federal Highway Administration 1 $78,118.00
Office of National Drug Control Policy 1 $62,967.00
Office of Personnel Management 1 $94,969.00
National Park Service 1 $141,894.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 1 $158,000.00
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing 1 $136,771.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1 $115,742.00
Indian Health Service 1 $155,500.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $114,147.00
National Institute of Food & Agriculture 1 $89,339.00
Economic Research Service 1 $152,635.00
Rural Housing Service 1 $68,799.00
Employee Benefits Security Administration 1 $129,758.00
Office of Management and Budget 1 $155,500.00
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $149,510.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 1 $149,510.00
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 1 $119,230.00

Operations Researcher Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Operations Researcher is $111,710.26. The highest paid Operations Researcher made $184,448 in 2010.

Common Operations Researcher Payscales

Payscale Number of Operations Research Employees
GS - General Schedule 477
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 130
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 34
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 28
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 12
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 7
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 7
ES - Senior Executive Service 5
AP - Admin, Profess, & Scientific Career Path 5
SL - Senior Level Positions 3
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 3
EJ - Dept Of Energy Org Act Excepted Service 2
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 2
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 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

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The series code of this occupation is 1515.

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