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Operations Researcher - Federal Salaries of 2016

Pay Rates for "Operations Researcher"

How much does an Operations Researcher in the federal government get paid? $117,440.28* *Based on the 2016 average.

Operations Researcher was the 177th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2016, with 940 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration hired the most employees titled Operations Research, with an average salary of $129,168.

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 179 $129,167.52
Department of Energy 137 $110,631.74
Internal Revenue Service 117 $115,644.08
Food and Drug Administration 80 $114,574.83
Office of Secretary of Transportation 62 $115,734.21
Citizenship and Immigration Services 34 $110,233.74
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 32 $112,433.25
Social Security Administration 23 $105,237.96
Transportation Security Administration 21 $128,516.57
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 21 $134,445.62
Science and Technology Directorate 18 $134,146.94
National Protection and Programs Directorate 14 $113,806.50
Federal Acquisition Service 14 $110,724.93
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 13 $100,636.00
Headquarters, Nasa 13 $140,303.54
Goddard Space Flight Center 10 $121,419.60
Customs and Border Protection 10 $119,006.10
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 9 $128,673.44
Export-Import Bank of the United States 9 $59,665.56
Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary for Management 8 $118,336.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 8 $95,508.50
Geological Survey 7 $116,472.57
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 7 $108,478.43
Securities and Exchange Commission 7 $148,111.43
Federal Railroad Administration 6 $137,749.83
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 5 $118,086.00
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 5 $108,885.20
U.S. Secret Service 5 $116,102.00
Food Safety and Inspection Service 4 $109,973.00
Consumer Product Safety Commission 4 $91,415.25
Veterans Health Administration 3 $94,463.33
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 3 $119,892.67
Administration for Children and Families 3 $115,224.00
Forest Service 3 $97,099.00
National Institutes of Health 3 $119,361.33
Environmental Protection Agency 3 $142,165.33
Bureau of the Census 3 $117,395.67
Langley Research Center 3 $106,702.67
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 2 $55,715.00
Rural Housing Service 2 $121,879.00
Federal Highway Administration 2 $107,803.00
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 2 $60,236.00
Federal Bureau of Investigation 2 $132,672.00
Federal Student Aid 2 $81,730.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 2 $126,213.00
Public Buildings Service 1 $77,490.00
Economic Research Service 1 $160,300.00
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 1 $92,145.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 1 $160,300.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 1 $129,723.00
Office of Management (Department of Education) 1 $112,517.00
National Institute of Food & Agriculture 1 $104,433.00
National Endowment for the Arts 1 $127,036.00
Office of Personnel Management 1 $107,505.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 1 $185,100.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 1 $71,115.00
Bureau of Labor Statistics 1 $108,887.00
Health Resources and Services Administration 1 $105,233.00
Bureau of Reclamation 1 $102,885.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $93,195.00
U.S. Trustee Program 1 $127,036.00
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 1 $130,666.00
Office of the Human Resources Management 1 $108,074.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $123,406.00
Office of Justice Programs 1 $160,300.00

Operations Researcher Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Operations Researcher is $117,440.28. The highest paid Operations Researcher made $188,936 in 2016.

Common Operations Researcher Payscales

Payscale Number of Operations Research Employees
GS - General Schedule 669
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 164
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 32
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 21
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 14
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 11
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 7
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 5
RG - Code For Use By Hhs Only. 4
EN - Nat Nuclear Security Admin Exc Srvc Only 4
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 3
ES - Senior Executive Service 2
SL - Senior Level Positions 2
EV - Faa Executive Compensation Plan 1
IC - Federal Emergency Management Agency Use 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
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 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

The information provided on these pages is sourced from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI) dataset. Postal Service data is managed exclusively by the USPS . All information is displayed unmodified and as provided by the source agency.

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The series code of this occupation is 1515.

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