Top 100 Federal Occupations in 2018

This table shows the top 100 most well-paid occupations in the federal government in 2018, ranked by average pay. In 2018, the number one most well-paid job was "Securities Compliance Examining," with an average yearly pay of $181,645. The runner-up job, "Patent Attorney," follows with an average of $170,324, which is a 6.23% decrease.

Rank Occupation Title Average Pay Highest Paid Individual
1 Securities Compliance Examiner $181,645.32 $244,184
2 Patent Attorney $170,324.14 $199,225
3 Nurse Anesthetist (title 38) $168,287.36 $207,800
4 Patent Administrator $166,874.05 $187,148
5 Administrative Law Judge $163,169.71 $183,425
6 Technical Systems Program Manager $153,384.09 $199,548
7 General Mathematican/Statistician $153,383.31 $241,600
8 Chief Engineer $151,178.77 $165,164
9 Metallurgist $149,602.23 $187,000
10 Patent Classifying $144,385.10 $169,995
11 Astronomy and Space Scientist $141,854.48 $181,562
12 Program Manager $141,691.94 $334,175
13 General Attorney $139,209.77 $287,774
14 Mathematician $137,429.97 $258,616
15 Physicist $137,380.22 $270,400
16 Financial Analyst $136,575.52 $286,345
17 Patent Adviser $136,010.67 $161,900
18 Financial Manager $135,006.47 $255,554
19 Fish and Wildlife Administrator $134,021.85 $187,000
20 Health System Administrator $130,855.02 $225,398
21 Computer Scientist $130,658.25 $220,000
22 Financial Institution Examiner $129,470.85 $288,524
23 Aerospace Engineer $128,827.22 $193,840
24 Actuarial Scientist $128,738.14 $187,000
25 Pharmacologist $128,099.34 $248,699
26 Zoologist $127,859.44 $173,417
27 General Engineer $127,312.16 $252,450
28 Electronics Engineer $126,852.81 $192,879
29 Medical Officer $126,560.27 $390,000
30 Photographic Technology $126,494.80 $165,480
31 Computer Engineer $126,288.20 $199,869
32 Cryptanalyst $125,324.94 $163,900
33 Mediator $125,200.78 $172,100
34 Education Researcher $125,157.33 $187,000
35 Air Traffic Controller $125,067.68 $202,285
36 Patent Examiner $124,675.63 $180,388
37 Air Safety Investigator $124,221.08 $163,400
38 Foreign Affairs Personnel $123,707.05 $224,020
39 Materials Engineer $123,014.58 $172,100
40 Naval Architect $123,013.85 $161,900
41 Foreign Agricultural Affairs Personnel $122,967.66 $187,000
42 Plant Physiologist $122,262.03 $207,800
43 Transportation Industry Analyst $122,236.03 $161,900
44 Economist $121,837.32 $268,306
45 Employee Benefits Lawyer $121,701.60 $187,000
46 International Cooperation Personnel $121,432.76 $161,900
47 Document Analyst $121,048.54 $161,900
48 General Physical Scientist $120,784.34 $252,450
49 Operations Researcher $120,718.68 $192,522
50 International Relations Personnel $120,633.86 $187,000
51 Toxicologist $120,248.84 $250,000
52 Oceanographer $120,141.37 $187,000
53 Mathematical Statistician $119,541.87 $273,345
54 Geodesist $119,130.06 $163,817
55 Health Physicist $118,988.87 $172,100
56 Fire Protection Engineer $118,611.61 $170,305
57 Pharmacist $118,354.82 $225,000
58 Geophysicist $117,598.85 $187,500
59 Chemical Engineer $117,467.97 $172,546
60 Marine Survey Technician $116,784.28 $161,900
61 Aviation Safety Personnel $116,539.82 $190,165
62 Clothing Designer $115,902.00 $130,311
63 Dental Officer $115,769.37 $337,925
64 Navigational Information Personnel $115,660.02 $192,301
65 Chemist $114,912.01 $270,400
66 Accountant $114,553.41 $282,080
67 Food Technologist $114,335.09 $163,900
68 Plant Pathologist $114,085.25 $207,800
69 Civil Rights Analyst $113,979.89 $162,500
70 Labor-Management Relations Examiner $113,875.28 $161,900
71 Trade Specialist $113,843.20 $163,900
72 Environmental Engineer $113,467.57 $206,525
73 Design Patent Examier $113,459.88 $170,378
74 Health Insurance Administrator $113,201.84 $167,400
75 Environmental Protection Specialist $113,064.17 $186,898
76 Intaglio Press Operator $112,554.96 $155,616
77 Education Programmer $112,506.84 $199,700
78 Physiologist $112,293.28 $243,595
79 Industrial Specialist $112,104.18 $194,500
80 Architect $111,974.66 $197,000
81 Geneticist $111,941.18 $267,800
82 Podiatrist $111,816.35 $176,853
83 Animal Scientist $111,728.84 $174,612
84 Information Technology Manager $111,107.05 $278,771
85 Insurance Examiner $110,917.25 $162,665
86 Auditor $110,604.14 $269,600
87 Electrical Engineer $110,571.63 $209,050
88 Aircraft Operator $110,533.48 $186,617
89 Microbiologist $109,754.61 $260,100
90 Mechanical Engineer $109,411.90 $188,000
91 Forest Products Technology Personnel $108,798.52 $155,073
92 Highway Safety Personnel $108,276.75 $161,900
93 Letterpress Operator $108,182.09 $146,339
94 Petroleum Engineer $107,932.87 $190,639
95 Workforce Development Personnel $107,882.60 $187,000
96 Entomology $107,312.63 $201,086
97 Public Health Educator $107,222.43 $161,900
98 Equal Employment Opportunity Personnel $106,919.58 $234,700
99 Safety Engineer $106,869.68 $187,000
100 Optometrist $106,629.81 $181,445

Data Sources

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