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Top 100 Federal Occupations in 2016

This table shows the top 100 most well-paid occupations in the federal government in 2016, ranked by average pay. In 2016, the number one most well-paid job was "Medical Officer," with an average yearly pay of $214,968. The runner-up job, "Securities Compliance Examining," follows with an average of $172,012, which is a 19.98% decrease.

Rank Occupation Title Average Pay Highest Paid Individual
1 Medical Officer $214,968.45 $403,849
2 Securities Compliance Examiner $172,012.08 $242,900
3 Patent Attorney $171,273.73 $204,310
4 Patent Administrator $164,269.88 $185,100
5 Dental Officer $162,849.23 $337,925
6 Administrative Law Judge $161,097.59 $184,799
7 Nurse Anesthetist (title 38) $160,782.27 $205,700
8 General Mathematican/Statistician $152,346.44 $239,892
9 Technical Systems Program Manager $148,028.66 $196,642
10 Chief Engineer $146,854.80 $162,515
11 Astronomy and Space Scientist $142,188.22 $176,274
12 Metallurgist $141,203.67 $185,150
13 Program Manager $138,133.24 $325,000
14 General Attorney $137,387.20 $282,928
15 Nuclear Engineer $135,992.74 $249,885
16 Mathematician $135,461.11 $252,274
17 Physicist $134,381.73 $260,000
18 Patent Classifying $134,043.35 $168,235
19 Patent Adviser $133,038.45 $160,300
20 Fish and Wildlife Administrator $132,599.09 $185,100
21 Financial Manager $131,614.65 $257,700
22 Financial Analyst $129,804.14 $277,192
23 Naval Architect $128,953.29 $160,300
24 Financial Institution Examiner $127,447.88 $282,928
25 General Engineer $127,215.76 $320,055
26 Health System Administrator $127,102.93 $195,100
27 Aerospace Engineer $126,127.00 $189,759
28 Air Traffic Controller $125,521.86 $198,979
29 Computer Scientist $125,398.16 $220,000
30 Pharmacologist $125,010.40 $275,000
31 Zoologist $124,394.95 $170,017
32 Electronics Engineer $124,168.59 $204,140
33 Actuarial Scientist $123,959.22 $185,100
34 Computer Engineer $123,837.79 $199,869
35 Mediator $123,175.18 $172,893
36 Photographic Technology $122,940.58 $165,354
37 Foreign Affairs Personnel $122,414.59 $199,700
38 Foreign Agricultural Affairs Personnel $120,897.74 $185,100
39 Materials Engineer $120,675.51 $171,400
40 Cryptanalyst $120,205.17 $158,736
41 Plant Physiologist $119,448.97 $202,305
42 Geodesist $118,578.25 $160,300
43 General Physical Scientist $118,403.52 $249,885
44 Patent Examiner $118,177.13 $177,502
45 Transportation Industry Analyst $118,140.46 $160,300
46 Air Safety Investigator $118,017.70 $160,550
47 Health Physicist $117,849.55 $171,009
48 Toxicologist $117,540.58 $250,000
49 Operations Researcher $117,440.28 $188,936
50 Oceanographer $117,389.25 $185,100
51 Economist $117,316.34 $265,000
52 Employee Benefits Lawyer $116,667.13 $185,100
53 Geophysicist $116,243.95 $183,157
54 Fire Protection Engineer $116,059.56 $164,231
55 Chemical Engineer $116,047.03 $225,000
56 Mathematical Statistician $116,016.65 $267,986
57 Document Analyst $115,760.01 $157,971
58 Credit Union Examiner $115,273.92 $260,000
59 Pharmacist $115,210.47 $225,000
60 Civil Rights Analyst $115,094.33 $160,300
61 Education Researcher $114,634.77 $185,100
62 Marine Survey Technician $114,194.98 $157,971
63 Navigational Information Personnel $114,115.97 $179,296
64 International Relations Personnel $114,017.75 $180,072
65 Insurance Examiner $113,731.63 $160,300
66 International Cooperation Personnel $113,662.83 $160,300
67 Aviation Safety Personnel $113,593.69 $187,800
68 Industrial Specialist $112,944.17 $178,676
69 Food Technologist $112,927.94 $160,300
70 Labor-Management Relations Examiner $112,566.61 $160,300
71 Environmental Engineer $111,557.48 $204,000
72 Environmental Protection Specialist $111,514.83 $185,100
73 Chemist $111,329.20 $270,000
74 Plant Pathologist $111,285.69 $205,700
75 Accountant $110,986.13 $273,563
76 Physiologist $110,662.24 $250,000
77 Geneticist $110,114.00 $260,000
78 Podiatrist $109,321.67 $172,410
79 $109,238.00 $109,238
80 Intaglio Press Operator $109,212.10 $150,617
81 Architect $109,114.58 $195,095
82 Health Insurance Administrator $109,109.30 $161,700
83 Design Patent Examier $108,891.64 $168,479
84 Electrical Engineer $108,630.33 $205,700
85 Forest Products Technology Personnel $108,426.05 $153,793
86 Education Programmer $108,306.11 $199,700
87 Mechanical Engineer $107,727.35 $185,600
88 $107,488.51 $153,249
89 Information Technology Manager $107,363.01 $271,249
90 Aircraft Operator $107,175.24 $183,010
91 Animal Scientist $106,925.83 $169,526
92 Trade Specialist $106,754.57 $162,410
93 Microbiologist $106,358.19 $255,000
94 Auditor $106,301.01 $265,000
95 Highway Safety Personnel $106,155.22 $160,300
96 Letterpress Operator $105,727.49 $142,769
97 Public Health Educator $105,655.60 $160,300
98 Criminal Investigator $105,320.40 $245,619
99 Safety Engineer $105,244.76 $190,550
100 Workforce Development Personnel $105,081.91 $185,091

Data Sources

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