Top 100 Federal Occupations in 2015

This table shows the top 100 most well-paid occupations in the federal government in 2015, ranked by average pay. In 2015, the number one most well-paid job was "Medical Officer," with an average yearly pay of $206,180. The runner-up job, "Securities Compliance Examining," follows with an average of $176,189, which is a 14.55% decrease.

Rank Occupation Title Average Pay Highest Paid Individual
1 Medical Officer $206,179.59 $400,000
2 Securities Compliance Examiner $176,189.36 $240,700
3 Patent Attorney $166,659.04 $210,500
4 Patent Administrator $162,919.64 $183,300
5 Administrative Law Judge $160,045.49 $168,700
6 Nurse Anesthetist (title 38) $158,706.41 $203,700
7 Dental Officer $156,440.00 $321,833
8 Technical Systems Program Manager $146,315.22 $193,996
9 General Mathematican/Statistician $144,268.23 $210,200
10 Chief Engineer $141,903.30 $160,636
11 Astronomy and Space Scientist $139,631.49 $183,300
12 Metallurgist $138,035.28 $182,532
13 Patent Adviser $136,614.91 $158,700
14 General Attorney $135,943.24 $279,766
15 Program Manager $135,594.30 $385,000
16 Nuclear Engineer $133,283.03 $219,960
17 Mathematician $132,846.68 $244,430
18 Fish and Wildlife Administrator $131,714.07 $247,455
19 Physicist $131,646.67 $250,000
20 Patent Classifying $130,429.68 $160,727
21 Financial Manager $129,109.68 $258,270
22 Foreign Affairs Personnel $128,916.43 $185,800
23 Health System Administrator $126,538.28 $183,300
24 Financial Analyst $126,092.95 $269,394
25 Air Traffic Controller $125,687.78 $192,651
26 General Engineer $125,558.93 $316,850
27 Financial Institution Examiner $125,504.27 $279,766
28 Computer Scientist $125,058.81 $212,000
29 Aerospace Engineer $124,390.55 $187,448
30 Pharmacologist $123,540.59 $245,192
31 Foreign Agricultural Affairs Personnel $123,315.93 $183,300
32 Photographic Technology $123,153.27 $165,354
33 Electronics Engineer $122,077.99 $187,987
34 Mediator $122,033.53 $168,700
35 Zoologist $121,864.76 $166,683
36 Computer Engineer $121,394.46 $201,369
37 Actuarial Scientist $121,346.44 $183,550
38 Transportation Industry Analyst $118,067.70 $159,700
39 General Physical Scientist $117,718.74 $240,300
40 Materials Engineer $117,587.76 $168,700
41 Cryptanalyst $117,515.71 $152,261
42 Plant Physiologist $117,255.01 $192,671
43 Toxicologist $117,122.06 $250,000
44 Oceanographer $117,031.86 $183,300
45 Air Safety Investigator $116,543.93 $158,700
46 Economist $116,378.01 $257,500
47 Geophysicist $116,341.94 $171,175
48 Naval Architect $116,254.24 $158,700
49 Operations Researcher $116,068.80 $187,058
50 Health Physicist $116,038.16 $168,700
51 Geodesist $115,582.65 $158,700
52 Mathematical Statistician $115,220.95 $262,731
53 Fire Protection Engineer $115,193.45 $161,413
54 Marine Survey Technician $114,918.26 $151,799
55 Patent Examiner $114,752.58 $175,829
56 Chemical Engineer $114,328.49 $225,000
57 Employee Benefits Lawyer $114,092.41 $183,300
58 Pharmacist $113,962.96 $204,978
59 Civil Rights Analyst $113,574.75 $162,950
60 Document Analyst $113,384.56 $159,399
61 International Relations Personnel $112,886.85 $181,716
62 Aviation Safety Personnel $112,142.83 $185,800
63 Education Researcher $112,094.29 $183,800
64 Insurance Examiner $111,663.47 $158,700
65 Food Technologist $111,662.17 $229,443
66 Sociologist $111,651.29 $158,700
67 Physiologist $111,648.08 $268,324
68 Environmental Engineer $111,230.54 $201,980
69 International Cooperation Personnel $110,951.71 $158,700
70 Credit Union Examiner $110,930.64 $260,000
71 Labor-Management Relations Examiner $110,344.36 $158,700
72 Environmental Protection Specialist $109,706.84 $185,800
73 Chemist $109,577.58 $268,324
74 Industrial Specialist $108,751.93 $175,658
75 Plant Pathologist $108,662.15 $202,526
76 Geneticist $108,626.62 $250,000
77 Accountant $108,563.92 $266,894
78 Forest Products Technology Personnel $108,228.90 $152,230
79 Health Insurance Administrator $108,012.20 $164,122
80 Aircraft Operator $107,598.24 $179,798
81 Electrical Engineer $107,330.68 $203,700
82 Podiatrist $106,975.27 $170,623
83 Architect $106,815.27 $202,636
84 Mechanical Engineer $106,791.19 $183,300
85 Intaglio Press Operator $106,571.84 $148,967
86 Trade Specialist $106,548.61 $159,700
87 Clothing Designer $106,450.67 $118,609
88 Education Programmer $105,668.71 $199,700
89 Navigational Information Personnel $105,257.39 $174,964
90 Information Technology Manager $105,227.16 $264,171
91 Highway Safety Personnel $105,048.16 $158,700
92 Animal Scientist $104,937.37 $161,453
93 Safety Engineer $104,852.67 $185,300
94 Auditor $104,820.64 $262,500
95 Design Patent Examier $104,820.47 $168,126
96 Customs and Border Protection Interdiction Agent $104,783.77 $151,496
97 Public Health Program Specialist $104,408.04 $204,000
98 Criminal Investigator $104,316.75 $247,455
99 Electrolytic Intaglio Platemaker $104,307.38 $135,071
100 Microbiologist $104,301.71 $244,600

Data Sources

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