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Operations Researcher - Federal Salaries of 2013

Pay Rates for "Operations Researcher"

How much does an Operations Researcher in the federal government get paid? $113,000.51* *Based on the 2013 average.

Operations Researcher was the 187th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2013, with 828 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration hired the most employees titled Operations Research, with an average salary of $122,310.

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 163 $122,310.09
Internal Revenue Service 117 $103,664.59
Department of Energy 103 $107,632.05
Food and Drug Administration 87 $108,366.14
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 62 $113,745.27
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 31 $105,640.87
U.S. Coast Guard 25 $105,512.76
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 20 $132,474.75
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 20 $110,026.70
Transportation Security Administration 17 $118,300.59
Ous for Science and Technology 15 $142,258.87
Goddard Space Flight Center 13 $104,516.85
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 11 $106,138.27
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 11 $99,947.09
Headquarters, Nasa 10 $132,835.00
National Protection and Programs Directorate 10 $107,398.60
Forest Service 8 $92,445.50
Social Security Administration 8 $115,898.63
U.S. Secret Service 6 $108,048.00
Federal Railroad Administration 6 $129,756.50
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 6 $104,980.33
Food Safety and Inspection Service 5 $93,884.40
Geological Survey 4 $118,953.75
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 4 $114,537.50
Environmental Protection Agency 4 $132,818.00
Federal Student Aid 3 $118,208.33
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 3 $120,321.33
Langley Research Center 3 $99,422.67
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 3 $142,059.00
Consumer Product Safety Commission 3 $86,134.00
Veterans Health Administration 3 $88,062.33
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 2 $74,872.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Program & Data Analysis 2 $129,757.50
Federal Emergency Management Agency 2 $119,243.00
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 2 $92,171.00
Rural Housing Service 2 $111,390.50
National Institute of Standards and Technology 2 $148,963.00
Federal Bureau of Investigation 2 $126,251.00
U.S. Marshals Service 2 $120,991.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 2 $97,936.00
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 2 $93,042.50
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 2 $133,874.00
Federal Acquisition Service 2 $114,791.50
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Policy & Planning 2 $108,717.00
Bureau of Labor Statistics 1 $136,771.00
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 1 $119,238.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 1 $136,771.00
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing 1 $136,771.00
Health Resources and Services Administration 1 $92,001.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 1 $155,500.00
Indian Health Service 1 $155,500.00
Bureau of Reclamation 1 $96,596.00
National Institutes of Health 1 $155,500.00
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 1 $136,771.00
Economic Research Service 1 $155,500.00
Office of Personnel Management 1 $100,904.00
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 1 $94,969.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 1 $152,635.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $121,064.00
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $157,450.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 1 $173,072.00
Office of Justice Programs 1 $155,500.00

Operations Researcher Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Operations Researcher is $113,000.51. The highest paid Operations Researcher made $179,700 in 2013.

Common Operations Researcher Payscales

Payscale Number of Operations Research Employees
GS - General Schedule 590
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 138
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 33
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 24
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 17
AP - Admin, Profess, & Scientific Career Path 5
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 5
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 3
ES - Senior Executive Service 3
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 2
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 2
ST - Scientific And Professional 1
SL - Senior Level Positions 1
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 1
EV - Faa Executive Compensation Plan 1
EN - Nat Nuclear Security Admin Exc Srvc Only 1
EJ - Dept Of Energy Org Act Excepted Service 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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