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Patent Examiner - Federal Salaries of 2021

Pay Rates for "Patent Examiner"

How much does a Patent Examiner in the federal government get paid? $136,134.42* *Based on the 2021 average.

Patent Examiner was the 39th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2021, with 8,783 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2021, the Patent and Trademark Office hired the most employees titled Patent Examining, with an average salary of $136,134.

Government Patent Examining jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Patent Examining 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

This occupation includes all classes of positions, the duties of which are to advise on, administer, supervise, or perform professional, scientific, technological, and legal work involved in the examination and disposition of applications for patents, exclusive of design patents, to determine the grant or denial of patents based on such applications, and in the adjudication of petitions and appeals from decisions on such applications. Such work in its various aspects involves the utilization of the basic and advanced concepts of the natural sciences, the techniques of all branches of engineering and of the industrial arts, and the application of those aspects of procedural and substantive law generally, and of the statutory and case law applied to patents specifically, which are applicable to the patent examining process.

Agencies that have hired a Patent Examiner

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Patent and Trademark Office 8,783 $136,134.42

Patent Examiner Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Patent Examiner is $136,134.42. The highest paid Patent Examiner made $186,800 in 2021.

Common Patent Examiner Payscales

Payscale Number of Patent Examining Employees
GS - General Schedule 8,776
GM - Employees Covered By The Performance Management And Recognition System (pmrs) Termination Provisions 7

Starting Paygrade: $36,070.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $152,771.00 / 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 Patent Examining 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
Cartographic TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Passport and Visa ExaminingAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
General SupplyAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Telecommunications ProcessingClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Supply Program ManagementAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15

Average Patent Examining Pay Trend from 2004 to 2021

In 2004, the average pay for a Patent Examiner was $85,143. Since then, the average pay has increased to $136,134 in 2021.

Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 1224.

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