Operations Researcher - Federal Salaries of 2017

Pay Rates for "Operations Researcher"

How much does an Operations Researcher in the federal government get paid? $121,370.72* *Based on the 2017 average.

Operations Researcher was the 174th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2017, with 927 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2017, the Federal Aviation Administration hired the most employees titled Operations Research, with an average salary of $135,173.

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 $135,172.75
Department of Energy 140 $114,544.84
Internal Revenue Service 109 $118,448.20
Food and Drug Administration 85 $117,789.62
Office of Secretary of Transportation 58 $118,546.21
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 32 $118,174.97
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 29 $116,057.48
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 27 $133,052.89
Social Security Administration 19 $111,781.26
Transportation Security Administration 18 $131,819.11
Ous for Science and Technology 17 $138,330.47
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 17 $125,116.71
National Protection and Programs Directorate 17 $124,323.29
Federal Acquisition Service 16 $120,400.94
Goddard Space Flight Center 12 $103,793.58
Headquarters, Nasa 12 $148,405.17
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 11 $109,769.64
Export-Import Bank of the United States 9 $72,381.11
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 8 $106,609.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 8 $93,402.38
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 8 $131,759.63
Geological Survey 7 $110,115.86
Securities and Exchange Commission 6 $152,567.00
Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary for Management 6 $125,712.83
U.S. Secret Service 6 $118,896.17
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 5 $113,704.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 5 $126,983.20
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 5 $122,687.20
Food Safety and Inspection Service 4 $115,058.75
Bureau of the Census 4 $108,441.25
Consumer Product Safety Commission 4 $99,716.25
Federal Railroad Administration 4 $141,711.25
Environmental Protection Agency 3 $144,666.00
Administration for Children and Families 3 $127,632.67
National Institutes of Health 3 $130,030.00
Forest Service 3 $98,932.00
Public Buildings Service 2 $94,796.00
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 2 $62,503.00
Rural Housing Service 2 $127,154.50
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 2 $124,823.00
Federal Highway Administration 2 $121,706.50
Veterans Health Administration 2 $85,773.00
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 2 $116,205.00
Federal Student Aid 2 $89,524.00
Office of Personnel Management 1 $116,914.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 1 $187,000.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 1 $161,900.00
U.S. Marshals Service 1 $123,234.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 1 $54,972.00
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 1 $134,426.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 1 $80,179.00
U.S. Trustee Program 1 $134,426.00
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 1 $98,356.00
Federal Bureau of Investigation 1 $130,692.00
Office of Justice Programs 1 $161,900.00
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 1 $54,972.00
Bureau of Labor Statistics 1 $115,755.00
Bureau of Reclamation 1 $108,463.00
Office of Management (Department of Education) 1 $123,223.00
Langley Research Center 1 $125,073.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 1 $131,833.00
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 1 $110,595.00
Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer 1 $113,531.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $60,470.00
Health Resources and Services Administration 1 $111,295.00
National Endowment for the Arts 1 $134,426.00
U.S. Coast Guard 1 $115,755.00
National Institute of Standards and Technology 1 $139,044.00

Operations Researcher Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Operations Researcher is $121,370.72. The highest paid Operations Researcher made $192,522 in 2017.

Common Operations Researcher Payscales

Payscale Number of Operations Research Employees
GS - General Schedule 674
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 148
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 30
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 18
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 18
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 12
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 6
EN - Nat Nuclear Security Admin Exc Srvc Only 4
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 4
SL - Senior Level Positions 2
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 2
ES - Senior Executive Service 2
RG - Code For Use By Hhs Only. 2
IC - Federal Emergency Management Agency Use 2
EV - Faa Executive Compensation Plan 1
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
ST - Scientific And Professional 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

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.

Federal employee salaries are public information under open government laws (5 U.S.C. § 552). FederalPay provides this data in the interest of government transparency — employee data may not be used for commercial soliciting or vending of any kind. Learn more about the FederalPay Employees Dataset here.

The series code of this occupation is 1515.

** This Document Provided By www.FederalPay.org - The Civil Employee's Resource **
Source: www.federalpay.org/employees/occupations/operations-research/2017