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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
Citizenship and Immigration Services 28 $111,299.86
U.S. Coast Guard 27 $106,481.67
Transportation Security Administration 20 $123,388.00
Science and Technology Directorate 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
Securities and Exchange Commission 6 $143,616.33
Forest Service 6 $96,565.00
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Policy & Planning 6 $111,133.17
Customs and Border Protection 6 $126,015.67
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
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
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 4 $118,641.50
Federal Emergency Management Agency 4 $108,154.00
Environmental Protection Agency 3 $139,213.00
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 3 $93,051.00
Veterans Health Administration 3 $92,602.67
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
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 2 $47,862.50
Federal Highway Administration 1 $118,069.00
Public Buildings Service 1 $63,722.00
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 1 $125,213.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 1 $158,700.00
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 1 $125,825.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Program & Data Analysis 1 $135,945.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 1 $183,300.00
National Institute of Standards and Technology 1 $142,098.00
Office of Justice Programs 1 $158,700.00
U.S. Marshals Service 1 $139,523.00
U.S. Trustee Program 1 $121,635.00
Bureau of Labor Statistics 1 $139,523.00
Office of Management (Department of Education) 1 $107,325.00
Office of Personnel Management 1 $109,798.00
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 1 $139,523.00
Bureau of Reclamation 1 $101,524.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 1 $158,700.00
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 1 $93,851.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $91,657.00
National Institutes of Health 1 $155,705.00
Indian Health Service 1 $158,700.00
Health Resources and Services Administration 1 $99,905.00
Program Support Center 1 $97,628.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 1 $128,223.00
National Institute of Food & Agriculture 1 $99,905.00
Economic Research Service 1 $158,700.00

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
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 6
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 6
RG - Code For Use By Hhs Only. 2
ES - Senior Executive Service 2
EN - Nat Nuclear Security Admin Exc Srvc Only 2
ST - Scientific And Professional 1
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 1
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 1
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
EV - Faa Executive Compensation Plan 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 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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