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Top 100 Federal Occupations in 2017

This table shows the top 100 most well-paid occupations in the federal government in 2017, ranked by average pay. In 2017, the number one most well-paid job was "Securities Compliance Examining," with an average yearly pay of $181,013. The runner-up job, "Patent Attorney," follows with an average of $170,079, which is a 6.04% decrease.

Rank Occupation Title Average Pay Highest Paid Individual
1 Securities Compliance Examiner $181,013.05 $244,184
2 Patent Attorney $170,078.62 $190,444
3 Nurse Anesthetist (title 38) $167,817.78 $207,800
4 Administrative Law Judge $163,112.65 $183,425
5 Patent Administrator $161,308.19 $187,148
6 Technical Systems Program Manager $153,430.34 $199,548
7 General Mathematican/Statistician $153,213.81 $241,600
8 Chief Engineer $150,802.80 $165,164
9 Astronomy and Space Scientist $141,981.07 $181,562
10 Program Manager $141,594.98 $325,000
11 Patent Classifying $137,808.73 $161,900
12 Mathematician $136,933.53 $258,616
13 Physicist $136,591.40 $270,400
14 Patent Adviser $136,010.67 $161,900
15 Financial Analyst $135,750.01 $286,345
16 Naval Architect $135,552.57 $161,900
17 Financial Manager $134,670.97 $280,500
18 Fish and Wildlife Administrator $134,259.06 $187,000
19 Health System Administrator $130,791.48 $225,398
20 General Attorney $130,515.48 $287,774
21 General Engineer $129,820.34 $240,100
22 Aerospace Engineer $128,757.00 $193,840
23 Pharmacologist $128,532.82 $248,699
24 Actuarial Scientist $128,524.49 $187,000
25 Zoologist $127,874.93 $173,417
26 Financial Institution Examiner $127,730.90 $288,524
27 Electronics Engineer $126,745.93 $192,879
28 Medical Officer $126,492.48 $390,000
29 Computer Engineer $126,361.39 $199,869
30 Computer Scientist $125,751.17 $220,000
31 Mediator $125,411.46 $172,100
32 Cryptanalyst $125,324.94 $163,900
33 Air Traffic Controller $125,111.51 $202,285
34 Foreign Affairs Personnel $125,054.89 $207,800
35 Education Researcher $124,507.04 $187,000
36 Air Safety Investigator $123,652.82 $163,400
37 Foreign Agricultural Affairs Personnel $122,989.24 $187,000
38 Materials Engineer $122,619.24 $172,100
39 Geodesist $122,557.61 $163,817
40 Patent Examiner $122,477.09 $170,388
41 Transportation Industry Analyst $122,120.60 $161,900
42 Plant Physiologist $121,661.62 $207,800
43 Employee Benefits Lawyer $121,514.87 $187,000
44 Economist $121,423.56 $268,000
45 Operations Researcher $121,370.72 $192,522
46 General Physical Scientist $121,243.13 $245,670
47 Credit Union Examiner $121,196.65 $279,000
48 Metallurgist $121,070.56 $187,000
49 International Cooperation Personnel $120,920.97 $161,900
50 Fire Protection Engineer $120,676.11 $172,100
51 Health Physicist $120,350.15 $172,100
52 Oceanographer $120,055.00 $187,000
53 International Relations Personnel $120,012.43 $187,000
54 Toxicologist $119,765.39 $250,000
55 Mathematical Statistician $119,686.70 $273,345
56 Navigational Information Personnel $118,184.03 $192,301
57 Pharmacist $118,172.82 $225,000
58 Geophysicist $117,702.23 $187,500
59 Chemical Engineer $117,356.30 $172,546
60 Industrial Specialist $117,142.38 $187,000
61 Marine Survey Technician $116,697.59 $161,900
62 Aviation Safety Personnel $116,576.47 $190,165
63 Document Analyst $116,266.73 $161,900
64 Dental Officer $115,751.84 $337,925
65 Civil Rights Analyst $115,479.21 $162,500
66 Photographic Technology $115,096.55 $165,480
67 Food Technologist $114,228.63 $163,900
68 Labor-Management Relations Examiner $113,909.02 $161,900
69 Plant Pathologist $113,795.37 $207,800
70 Environmental Engineer $113,701.67 $206,525
71 Environmental Protection Specialist $113,352.75 $186,898
72 Trade Specialist $113,350.60 $163,900
73 Accountant $113,284.65 $282,080
74 Chemist $113,095.73 $270,400
75 Health Insurance Administrator $113,080.41 $167,400
76 Physiologist $112,644.22 $243,595
77 Education Programmer $112,588.42 $199,700
78 Intaglio Press Operator $112,554.96 $155,616
79 Architect $112,433.78 $197,000
80 Geneticist $112,012.65 $267,800
81 Podiatrist $111,709.33 $176,853
82 Animal Scientist $111,629.18 $174,612
83 Insurance Examiner $110,488.44 $162,665
84 Aircraft Operator $110,472.26 $186,617
85 Electrical Engineer $110,406.14 $208,550
86 Information Technology Manager $109,669.11 $278,771
87 Microbiologist $109,624.35 $260,100
88 Design Patent Examier $109,577.19 $161,900
89 Mechanical Engineer $108,922.12 $188,000
90 Forest Products Technology Personnel $108,798.52 $155,073
91 Electronic Integrated Systems Mechanic $108,550.84 $167,336
92 Auditor $108,375.88 $279,000
93 Highway Safety Personnel $108,265.39 $161,900
94 Letterpress Operator $108,182.09 $146,339
95 Workforce Development Personnel $108,080.31 $187,000
96 Instructional Systems Employee $108,009.83 $202,372
97 Petroleum Engineer $107,717.62 $190,639
98 Entomology $107,144.28 $201,086
99 Safety Engineer $107,112.65 $187,000
100 Public Health Educator $106,674.77 $161,900

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.

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