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Operations Researcher - Federal Salaries of 2014

Pay Rates for "Operations Researcher"

How much does an Operations Researcher in the federal government get paid? $114,807.57* *Based on the 2014 average.

Operations Researcher was the 232nd most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2014, with 853 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration hired the most employees titled Operations Research, with an average salary of $125,102.

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 167 $125,102.13
Internal Revenue Service 116 $107,688.58
Department of Energy 104 $110,303.44
Food and Drug Administration 92 $109,465.20
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 63 $113,345.17
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 30 $109,997.07
U.S. Coast Guard 28 $106,504.14
Citizenship and Immigration Services 24 $109,584.13
Transportation Security Administration 22 $116,188.41
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 15 $137,803.33
Science and Technology Directorate 13 $146,838.38
Goddard Space Flight Center 13 $109,252.38
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 12 $101,809.33
Headquarters, Nasa 12 $131,731.67
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 10 $117,205.70
Social Security Administration 10 $109,639.50
National Protection and Programs Directorate 8 $118,599.75
Forest Service 7 $96,001.43
Federal Railroad Administration 6 $132,047.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 6 $107,029.83
Securities and Exchange Commission 5 $132,734.00
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 5 $102,221.40
U.S. Secret Service 5 $108,471.00
Food Safety and Inspection Service 5 $102,225.00
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Policy & Planning 4 $115,116.75
Environmental Protection Agency 4 $138,061.00
Geological Survey 4 $123,148.75
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 3 $84,529.67
Bureau of the Census 3 $105,713.67
National Institute of Standards and Technology 3 $122,062.00
Veterans Health Administration 3 $109,802.50
Consumer Product Safety Commission 3 $90,833.33
Export-Import Bank of the United States 3 $54,463.33
Langley Research Center 3 $102,420.00
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 2 $105,176.50
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 2 $138,136.00
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 2 $94,591.50
Federal Emergency Management Agency 2 $120,435.50
Federal Bureau of Investigation 2 $129,474.00
Rural Housing Service 2 $117,166.50
Veterans Benefits Administration 2 $109,602.00
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 2 $127,511.50
Administration for Children and Families 2 $117,399.50
Federal Acquisition Service 2 $106,947.00
National Institutes of Health 1 $151,993.00
Indian Health Service 1 $157,100.00
Health Resources and Services Administration 1 $95,919.00
Program Support Center 1 $89,924.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 1 $138,136.00
Federal Student Aid 1 $109,804.00
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 1 $90,424.00
Bureau of Labor Statistics 1 $138,136.00
U.S. Marshals Service 1 $138,136.00
Office of Justice Programs 1 $157,100.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 1 $179,995.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $42,631.00
National Institute of Food & Agriculture 1 $98,916.00
Economic Research Service 1 $157,100.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Program & Data Analysis 1 $134,595.00
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 1 $123,970.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 1 $154,160.00
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 1 $123,970.00
Office of Personnel Management 1 $105,606.00
Bureau of Reclamation 1 $97,563.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 1 $157,100.00
Customs and Border Protection 1 $149,993.00

Operations Researcher Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Operations Researcher is $114,807.57. The highest paid Operations Researcher made $185,196 in 2014.

Common Operations Researcher Payscales

Payscale Number of Operations Research Employees
GS - General Schedule 610
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 139
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 33
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 27
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 22
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 5
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 4
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 2
ES - Senior Executive Service 2
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 2
RG - Code For Use By Hhs Only. 1
EV - Faa Executive Compensation Plan 1
ST - Scientific And Professional 1
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 1
EN - Nat Nuclear Security Admin Exc Srvc Only 1
EJ - Dept Of Energy Org Act Excepted Service 1
SL - Senior Level Positions 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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