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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
Citizenship and Immigration 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
Science and Technology Directorate 17 $138,330.47
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
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 8 $106,609.00
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 8 $131,759.63
Federal Emergency Management Agency 8 $93,402.38
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
Forest Service 3 $98,932.00
National Institutes of Health 3 $130,030.00
Environmental Protection Agency 3 $144,666.00
Administration for Children and Families 3 $127,632.67
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
Public Buildings Service 2 $94,796.00
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 1 $98,356.00
Federal Bureau of Investigation 1 $130,692.00
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 1 $54,972.00
Bureau of Reclamation 1 $108,463.00
Langley Research Center 1 $125,073.00
National Institute of Food & Agriculture 1 $110,595.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $60,470.00
National Endowment for the Arts 1 $134,426.00
National Institute of Standards and Technology 1 $139,044.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 1 $187,000.00
U.S. Marshals Service 1 $123,234.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 1 $80,179.00
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 1 $134,426.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 1 $161,900.00
Office of Personnel Management 1 $116,914.00
U.S. Coast Guard 1 $115,755.00
Health Resources and Services Administration 1 $111,295.00
Office of the Human Resources Management 1 $113,531.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 1 $131,833.00
Office of Management (Department of Education) 1 $123,223.00
Bureau of Labor Statistics 1 $115,755.00
Office of Justice Programs 1 $161,900.00
U.S. Trustee Program 1 $134,426.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 1 $54,972.00

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
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 4
EN - Nat Nuclear Security Admin Exc Srvc Only 4
IC - Federal Emergency Management Agency Use 2
RG - Code For Use By Hhs Only. 2
ES - Senior Executive Service 2
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 2
SL - Senior Level Positions 2
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
ST - Scientific And Professional 1
EV - Faa Executive Compensation Plan 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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