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 190th 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
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 14 $106,348.93
Ous for Science and Technology 14 $138,267.21
Goddard Space Flight Center 12 $106,952.92
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 9 $110,353.44
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 9 $100,806.89
Forest Service 9 $92,568.78
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
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 3 $142,225.67
Consumer Product Safety Commission 3 $79,065.00
Food Safety and Inspection Service 3 $92,065.67
National Institute of Standards and Technology 3 $150,506.67
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Program & Data Analysis 3 $120,406.33
Veterans Health Administration 3 $86,619.67
Langley Research Center 2 $96,823.50
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 2 $63,467.00
Federal Bureau of Investigation 2 $126,701.00
U.S. Marshals Service 2 $119,237.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 2 $91,004.00
Bureau of Labor Statistics 2 $146,135.50
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 2 $91,366.50
Department of State 2 $129,517.00
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 2 $131,811.50
Rural Housing Service 2 $109,447.50
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 1 $138,136.00
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 1 $94,969.00
Office of Personnel Management 1 $97,936.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $117,606.00
Health Resources and Services Administration 1 $89,033.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 1 $173,072.00
Indian Health Service 1 $155,500.00
Office of Justice Programs 1 $152,635.00
National Institutes of Health 1 $160,500.00
U.S. Trustee Program 1 $155,500.00
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 1 $144,385.00
Federal Highway Administration 1 $89,783.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1 $115,742.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 1 $152,635.00
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 1 $92,341.00
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $154,135.00
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing 1 $136,771.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 1 $155,500.00
Bureau of Reclamation 1 $92,742.00
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
AP - Admin, Profess, & Scientific Career Path 3
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 3
ES - Senior Executive Service 2
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 2
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 2
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
SL - Senior Level Positions 1
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
EN - Nat Nuclear Security Admin Exc Srvc Only 1
EV - Faa Executive Compensation Plan 1
ST - Scientific And Professional 1

Starting Paygrade: $33,567.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $142,180.00 / 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
AccountingProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Instructional SystemsProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Therapeutic Radiologic TechnologistTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Educational TherapistProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Military PayClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9

Average Operations Research Pay Trend from 2004 to 2018

In 2004, the average pay for an Operations Researcher was $97,419. Since then, the average pay has increased to $120,719 in 2018.

Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 1515.

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