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Operations Researcher - Federal Salaries of 2015

Pay Rates for "Operations Researcher"

How much does an Operations Researcher in the federal government get paid? $116,068.80* *Based on the 2015 average.

Operations Researcher was the 174th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2015, with 925 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration hired the most employees titled Operations Research, with an average salary of $125,384.

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 189 $125,384.33
Internal Revenue Service 121 $110,840.30
Department of Energy 113 $112,629.59
Food and Drug Administration 91 $111,603.51
Office of Secretary of Transportation 59 $116,767.71
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 32 $108,898.31
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 28 $111,299.86
U.S. Coast Guard 27 $106,481.67
Transportation Security Administration 20 $123,388.00
Ous for Science and Technology 18 $137,143.28
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 15 $144,600.80
National Protection and Programs Directorate 14 $114,094.71
Headquarters, Nasa 13 $134,743.62
Goddard Space Flight Center 13 $113,706.62
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 12 $113,216.08
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 12 $101,387.92
Social Security Administration 11 $106,483.09
Export-Import Bank of the United States 7 $59,411.43
Federal Railroad Administration 7 $133,297.71
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 6 $126,015.67
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Policy & Planning 6 $111,133.17
Forest Service 6 $96,565.00
Securities and Exchange Commission 6 $143,616.33
Federal Acquisition Service 6 $105,113.67
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 5 $105,742.80
Consumer Product Safety Commission 5 $81,396.80
Bureau of the Census 5 $105,749.80
U.S. Secret Service 5 $112,391.00
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 4 $118,641.50
Federal Emergency Management Agency 4 $108,154.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 4 $116,178.75
Geological Survey 4 $124,382.00
Food Safety and Inspection Service 4 $108,865.00
Administration for Children and Families 4 $115,119.00
Veterans Health Administration 3 $92,602.67
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 3 $93,051.00
Environmental Protection Agency 3 $139,213.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 2 $47,862.50
Federal Bureau of Investigation 2 $130,829.00
Federal Student Aid 2 $74,869.50
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 2 $100,080.00
Langley Research Center 2 $107,869.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 2 $121,635.00
Rural Housing Service 2 $118,525.50
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 1 $158,700.00
Office of Justice Programs 1 $158,700.00
Bureau of Reclamation 1 $101,524.00
U.S. Marshals Service 1 $139,523.00
Economic Research Service 1 $158,700.00
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 1 $139,523.00
U.S. Trustee Program 1 $121,635.00
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 1 $99,905.00
Office of Personnel Management 1 $109,798.00
Bureau of Labor Statistics 1 $139,523.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 1 $128,223.00
Federal Highway Administration 1 $118,069.00
Office of Management (Department of Education) 1 $107,325.00
Program Support Center 1 $97,628.00
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 1 $125,213.00
Public Buildings Service 1 $63,722.00
Health Resources and Services Administration 1 $99,905.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 1 $158,700.00
Indian Health Service 1 $158,700.00
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 1 $125,825.00
National Institutes of Health 1 $155,705.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Program & Data Analysis 1 $135,945.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $91,657.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 1 $183,300.00
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 1 $93,851.00
National Institute of Standards and Technology 1 $142,098.00

Operations Researcher Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Operations Researcher is $116,068.80. The highest paid Operations Researcher made $187,058 in 2015.

Common Operations Researcher Payscales

Payscale Number of Operations Research Employees
GS - General Schedule 649
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 171
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 33
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 20
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 17
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 11
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 6
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 6
EN - Nat Nuclear Security Admin Exc Srvc Only 2
ES - Senior Executive Service 2
RG - Code For Use By Hhs Only. 2
SL - Senior Level Positions 1
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
EV - Faa Executive Compensation Plan 1
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 1
ST - Scientific And Professional 1
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 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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