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Operations Researcher - Federal Salaries of 2012

Pay Rates for "Operations Researcher"

How much does an Operations Researcher in the federal government get paid? $112,364.10* *Based on the 2012 average.

Operations Researcher was the 189th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2012, with 790 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2012, the Federal Aviation Administration hired the most employees titled Operations Research, with an average salary of $121,663.

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 161 $121,663.35
Internal Revenue Service 116 $102,208.73
Department of Energy 106 $103,824.20
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 66 $111,291.27
Food and Drug Administration 64 $111,740.70
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 31 $105,190.45
U.S. Coast Guard 24 $104,998.17
Transportation Security Administration 18 $119,824.94
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 16 $124,406.69
Citizenship and Immigration Services 14 $106,348.93
Science and Technology Directorate 14 $138,267.21
Goddard Space Flight Center 12 $106,952.92
Forest Service 9 $92,568.78
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 9 $100,806.89
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 9 $110,353.44
Headquarters, Nasa 8 $138,017.50
U.S. Secret Service 7 $104,763.57
National Protection and Programs Directorate 7 $109,084.57
Social Security Administration 7 $124,168.86
Federal Railroad Administration 7 $127,660.43
Environmental Protection Agency 6 $141,330.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 5 $119,799.20
Federal Acquisition Service 4 $104,349.50
Federal Student Aid 4 $115,028.50
Geological Survey 4 $118,146.50
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 4 $114,969.75
Veterans Health Administration 3 $86,619.67
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Program & Data Analysis 3 $120,406.33
National Institute of Standards and Technology 3 $150,506.67
Consumer Product Safety Commission 3 $79,065.00
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 3 $142,225.67
Food Safety and Inspection Service 3 $92,065.67
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 2 $131,811.50
Rural Housing Service 2 $109,447.50
Department of State 2 $129,517.00
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 2 $91,366.50
Bureau of Labor Statistics 2 $146,135.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 2 $91,004.00
U.S. Marshals Service 2 $119,237.50
Federal Bureau of Investigation 2 $126,701.00
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 2 $63,467.00
Langley Research Center 2 $96,823.50
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing 1 $136,771.00
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 1 $92,341.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1 $115,742.00
Customs and Border Protection 1 $144,385.00
National Institutes of Health 1 $160,500.00
Indian Health Service 1 $155,500.00
Health Resources and Services Administration 1 $89,033.00
Office of Personnel Management 1 $97,936.00
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 1 $138,136.00
Bureau of Reclamation 1 $92,742.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 1 $155,500.00
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $154,135.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 1 $152,635.00
Federal Highway Administration 1 $89,783.00
U.S. Trustee Program 1 $155,500.00
Office of Justice Programs 1 $152,635.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 1 $173,072.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $117,606.00
National Institute of Food & Agriculture 1 $94,969.00
Economic Research Service 1 $155,500.00

Operations Researcher Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Operations Researcher is $112,364.10. The highest paid Operations Researcher made $199,160 in 2012.

Common Operations Researcher Payscales

Payscale Number of Operations Research Employees
GS - General Schedule 552
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 131
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 34
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 29
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 18
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 5
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 3
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 3
AP - Admin, Profess, & Scientific Career Path 3
ES - Senior Executive Service 2
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 2
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 2
EN - Nat Nuclear Security Admin Exc Srvc Only 1
ST - Scientific And Professional 1
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
SL - Senior Level Positions 1
EV - Faa Executive Compensation Plan 1

Starting Paygrade: $34,649.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $146,757.00 / 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 2020

In 2004, the average pay for an Operations Researcher was $97,419. Since then, the average pay has increased to $130,516 in 2020.

Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 1515.

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