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Operations Researcher - Federal Salaries of 2019

Pay Rates for "Operations Researcher"

How much does an Operations Researcher in the federal government get paid? $126,797.08* *Based on the 2019 average.

Operations Researcher was the 214th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2019, with 931 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2019, the Federal Aviation Administration hired the most employees titled Operations Research, with an average salary of $138,386.

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 165 $138,386.08
Department of Energy 128 $118,521.36
Internal Revenue Service 102 $124,098.81
Food and Drug Administration 98 $121,303.51
Office of Secretary of Transportation 52 $127,624.42
Citizenship and Immigration Services 35 $120,691.50
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 26 $136,678.54
Social Security Administration 25 $113,883.36
Customs and Border Protection 25 $136,836.88
U.S. Coast Guard 24 $115,161.96
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 24 $120,698.79
Transportation Security Administration 20 $139,238.55
National Protection and Programs Directorate 20 $129,463.60
Federal Acquisition Service 17 $130,994.47
Science and Technology Directorate 13 $157,346.46
Headquarters, Nasa 12 $153,642.67
Goddard Space Flight Center 11 $112,142.55
Geological Survey 8 $107,284.38
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 8 $122,242.14
Federal Emergency Management Agency 8 $103,735.25
Export-Import Bank of the United States 8 $88,874.88
Bureau of the Census 8 $108,159.00
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 6 $123,922.50
Securities and Exchange Commission 6 $164,016.33
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 5 $144,728.20
U.S. Secret Service 5 $133,180.80
Veterans Benefits Administration 5 $124,788.60
Federal Railroad Administration 4 $135,570.75
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 4 $111,592.75
Consumer Product Safety Commission 4 $103,342.75
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 4 $129,699.50
Administration for Children and Families 4 $117,511.75
Environmental Protection Agency 3 $147,873.67
U.S. Marshals Service 3 $139,329.33
Forest Service 3 $104,668.33
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 3 $94,590.00
Federal Highway Administration 2 $130,865.00
National Institutes of Health 2 $137,794.00
Food Safety and Inspection Service 2 $130,720.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 2 $133,824.50
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 2 $119,200.50
Board of Veterans Appeals 2 $125,762.00
Veterans Health Administration 2 $89,312.00
National Institute of Standards and Technology 2 $157,225.50
Federal Student Aid 2 $108,108.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 2 $87,350.50
Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development 1 $128,911.00
Office of the Human Resources Management 1 $117,835.00
National Endowment for the Arts 1 $140,632.00
Office of Personnel Management 1 $122,310.00
Office of Justice Programs 1 $166,500.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 1 $136,271.00
Bureau of Labor Statistics 1 $128,911.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 1 $192,300.00
Selective Service System 1 $99,172.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $160,822.00
Health Resources and Services Administration 1 $122,310.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $63,259.00
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 1 $109,088.00
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 1 $144,538.00
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs 1 $140,632.00

Operations Researcher Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Operations Researcher is $126,797.08. The highest paid Operations Researcher made $250,000 in 2019.

Common Operations Researcher Payscales

Payscale Number of Operations Research Employees
GS - General Schedule 677
FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan 135
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 29
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 26
SV - Transportation Security Administration Employees Other Than Executives 20
NQ - Employees In The National Nuclear Secuirty Administration's Professional, Technical, And Admin Career Path 14
SK - Non-supervisorty Postions Employed By The Securities And Exchange Commission (sec) And Formerly Under Gs Pay 6
RG - Scientists Appointed As Fellows And Compensated Under 42 U.s.c. 209(g). Includes Non-citizens Whose Employment 5
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 3
IC - Employees Holding Incident Management Cadre Of On-call Response/recovery Employees(core)positions 3
EN - National Nuclear Security Administration Excepted Service Only 3
IR - Internal Revenue Service Broadband Classification And Pay System Positions Only 3
ST - Scientific And Professional 2
SL - Senior Level Positions 2
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 1
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
EV - Federal Aviation Administration 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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