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Top 100 Federal Occupations in 2004

This table shows the top 100 most well-paid occupations in the federal government in 2004, ranked by average pay. In 2004, the number one most well-paid job was "Administrative Law Judge," with an average yearly pay of $137,696. The runner-up job, "Patent Attorney," follows with an average of $134,658, which is a 2.21% decrease.

Rank Occupation Title Average Pay Highest Paid Individual
1 Administrative Law Judge $137,695.72 $145,600
2 Patent Attorney $134,658.45 $165,628
3 Patent Administrator $129,337.95 $165,568
4 Welding Engineer $116,939.00 $116,939
5 Astronomy and Space Scientist $113,959.83 $190,225
6 Metallurgist $112,416.67 $145,600
7 Patent Classifying $111,883.16 $130,305
8 Nuclear Engineer $111,626.10 $196,560
9 Program Manager $111,518.76 $230,000
10 General Attorney $111,131.86 $248,185
11 Air Traffic Controller $110,458.84 $161,214
12 Nurse Anesthetist (title 38) $110,365.68 $129,050
13 Sculptural Engraver $107,939.00 $107,939
14 Patent Adviser $107,213.50 $124,920
15 Personnel Staffer $106,961.44 $145,600
16 Physicist $106,916.31 $195,000
17 Medical Officer $106,762.35 $235,000
18 General Fish and Wildlife Administrator $106,318.31 $145,600
19 Siderographic Transferring Employee $105,962.00 $118,090
20 Chief Engineer $104,386.04 $130,221
21 Foreign Agricultural Affairs Personnel $104,188.08 $145,600
22 Bank Note Engraver $104,143.58 $124,065
23 Ceramic Engineer $104,084.59 $145,600
24 Computer Scientist $102,211.59 $181,923
25 Mathematician $101,720.85 $145,635
26 General Engineer $101,008.14 $196,560
27 Design Patent Examier $100,403.02 $130,305
28 Music Specialist $99,903.00 $102,253
29 Financial Manager $99,267.67 $189,810
30 Health System Administrator $98,753.38 $150,600
31 Mediator $98,732.57 $145,600
32 Education Researcher $97,670.32 $136,900
33 Operations Researcher $97,418.87 $165,644
34 Aerospace Engineer $97,387.00 $172,400
35 Pharmacologist $97,272.30 $175,700
36 Labor Relations Personnel $97,097.00 $145,600
37 Air Safety Investigator $96,526.76 $151,408
38 Materials Engineer $96,124.27 $145,600
39 Zoologist $95,786.48 $145,600
40 Actuary $95,117.48 $174,720
41 Geophysicist $95,066.98 $145,600
42 Insurance Examiner $94,977.56 $130,305
43 Health Physicist $94,844.41 $147,150
44 Naval Architect $94,661.67 $126,808
45 Electronics Engineer $93,959.03 $168,000
46 Computer Engineer $93,323.33 $175,580
47 General Physical Scientist $93,120.82 $174,720
48 Financial Institution Examiner $92,831.24 $204,069
49 Ship Surveyer $92,211.04 $120,033
50 Toxicologist $92,204.28 $147,711
51 Education Programmer $91,875.01 $175,700
52 Oceanographer $91,347.03 $145,600
53 Chemical Engineer $91,140.45 $145,255
54 Dental Officer $91,105.32 $225,000
55 Aviation Safety Personnel $90,982.78 $149,473
56 Mathematical Statistician $90,908.40 $189,671
57 International Relations Personnel $90,847.40 $145,600
58 Plant Physiologist $90,834.13 $156,004
59 Tax Law Specialist $90,779.73 $186,300
60 Fire Protection Engineer $90,417.91 $130,305
61 Bank Note Designer $90,061.60 $123,841
62 Physiologist $89,824.32 $200,000
63 Sociologist $89,645.25 $136,542
64 Civil Rights Analyst $89,488.57 $140,000
65 Transportation Industry Analyst $88,811.99 $145,600
66 Credit Union Examiner $88,806.63 $201,013
67 Hearings and Appeals Personnel $88,411.89 $136,935
68 Position Classification $88,203.00 $93,762
69 Intaglio Press Operator $88,027.67 $120,212
70 Economist $87,989.18 $190,080
71 Electrical Engineer $87,789.18 $174,994
72 Environmental Engineer $87,707.62 $145,600
73 Industrial Engineer $87,513.15 $140,731
74 Clothing Designer $87,442.50 $98,561
75 Safety Engineer $87,292.99 $136,928
76 Employee Relations Personnel $86,981.36 $132,596
77 Animal Scientist $86,776.34 $193,177
78 Labor-Management Relations Examiner $86,760.55 $142,241
79 Highway Safety Personnel $86,460.53 $120,642
80 Home Economics Employee $86,149.83 $93,742
81 Mechanical Engineer $85,621.05 $156,491
82 Industrial Specialist $85,613.04 $139,204
83 Estate Tax Examiner $85,414.00 $85,414
84 Photoengraver $85,189.76 $106,748
85 Patent Examiner $85,142.75 $130,305
86 Geodesist $85,094.35 $140,569
87 Chemist $85,022.03 $224,500
88 Transportation Specialist $84,441.75 $160,600
89 Pharmacist $84,244.88 $157,315
90 Geneticist $84,084.36 $190,367
91 Food Technologist $83,983.02 $172,293
92 Environmental Protection Specialist $83,725.15 $148,879
93 Accountant $83,281.57 $201,118
94 Architect $83,169.54 $146,600
95 Public Health Program Specialist $83,138.15 $167,493
96 Geologist $83,069.36 $145,600
97 Optometrist $82,870.92 $145,600
98 Financial Analyst $82,864.37 $185,813
99 Community Planner $82,780.07 $145,600
100 Employee Development Personnel $82,690.26 $128,103

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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