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Top 100 Federal Occupations in 2005

This table shows the top 100 most well-paid occupations in the federal government in 2005, ranked by average pay. In 2005, the number one most well-paid job was "Administrative Law Judge," with an average yearly pay of $140,511. The runner-up job, "Patent Attorney," follows with an average of $139,808, which is a 0.5% decrease.

Rank Occupation Title Average Pay Highest Paid Individual
1 Administrative Law Judge $140,511.23 $149,200
2 Patent Attorney $139,808.11 $171,620
3 Patent Administrator $133,100.16 $153,679
4 Welding Engineer $124,740.00 $124,740
5 Bank Note Designer $122,522.33 $141,141
6 Bank Note Engraver $120,866.18 $141,141
7 Astronomy and Space Scientist $117,882.03 $149,200
8 Air Traffic Controller $117,681.74 $165,820
9 Nurse Anesthetist (title 38) $117,031.12 $133,000
10 Patent Classifying $116,403.86 $140,300
11 Personnel Staffer $116,226.10 $168,804
12 General Attorney $115,552.15 $258,683
13 Nuclear Engineer $115,016.43 $194,520
14 Program Manager $114,964.82 $241,000
15 Metallurgist $113,959.68 $149,200
16 Sculptural Engraver $113,213.00 $113,213
17 Siderographic Transferring Employee $111,162.00 $123,746
18 Medical Officer $111,080.83 $250,000
19 Fish and Wildlife Administrator $111,016.70 $158,704
20 Physicist $110,948.10 $212,000
21 Foreign Agricultural Affairs Personnel $109,393.61 $162,100
22 Ceramic Engineer $109,154.34 $149,200
23 Mathematician $107,580.91 $149,200
24 Chief Engineer $106,868.43 $134,984
25 Labor Relations Personnel $106,138.00 $149,200
26 Computer Scientist $105,482.24 $187,380
27 General Engineer $105,100.11 $218,835
28 Financial Manager $104,783.09 $213,561
29 Patent Adviser $104,636.25 $130,173
30 Pharmacologist $103,032.32 $180,100
31 Health System Administrator $102,152.55 $162,700
32 Operations Researcher $102,103.58 $188,520
33 Mediator $101,713.99 $139,471
34 Music Specialist $101,413.00 $101,413
35 Air Safety Investigator $101,390.65 $160,775
36 Aerospace Engineer $101,278.34 $178,413
37 Zoologist $101,250.31 $149,200
38 Education Researcher $100,573.31 $149,200
39 Insurance Examiner $99,293.67 $135,136
40 Naval Architect $99,019.12 $131,671
41 Geophysicist $98,730.01 $149,200
42 Toxicologist $98,709.62 $152,526
43 Health Physicist $98,321.46 $151,450
44 Materials Engineer $98,301.45 $149,700
45 Electronics Engineer $97,921.13 $168,170
46 Physiologist $97,584.75 $200,000
47 Employee Relations Personnel $97,450.08 $136,634
48 Computer Engineer $96,978.28 $180,057
49 Ship Surveyer $96,518.92 $125,193
50 Financial Institution Examiner $96,515.94 $214,100
51 General Physical Scientist $96,191.05 $212,337
52 Aviation Safety Personnel $95,735.55 $155,014
53 Oceanographer $95,580.82 $149,200
54 Actuarial Scientist $95,286.70 $162,100
55 Clothing Designer $94,684.00 $105,329
56 Fire Protection Engineer $94,645.07 $136,136
57 Education Programmer $94,533.57 $180,100
58 Tax Law Specialist $94,385.05 $186,300
59 Mathematical Statistician $94,215.75 $193,464
60 Pension Law Specialist $94,204.80 $157,976
61 Plant Physiologist $94,182.88 $156,004
62 Chemical Engineer $93,812.98 $151,198
63 Sociologist $93,776.61 $139,379
64 Contractor Industrial Relations Employee $92,968.59 $120,158
65 Dental Officer $92,621.61 $225,000
66 Home Economics Employee $92,199.75 $97,213
67 Transportation Industry Analyst $91,920.42 $149,200
68 Economist $91,384.68 $208,100
69 Intaglio Press Operator $91,315.96 $125,594
70 Environmental Engineer $91,305.68 $187,611
71 Safety Engineer $91,091.67 $142,905
72 Hearings and Appeals Personnel $90,913.42 $140,300
73 Electrical Engineer $90,842.37 $182,956
74 Animal Scientist $90,568.64 $209,597
75 International Relations Personnel $90,525.56 $148,909
76 Industrial Specialist $90,186.38 $144,807
77 Labor-Management Relations Examiner $89,789.15 $145,439
78 Securities Compliance Examiner $89,572.12 $195,451
79 Civil Rights Analyst $89,475.14 $144,900
80 Mechanical Engineer $89,345.76 $143,401
81 Chemist $89,220.92 $212,000
82 Estate Tax Examiner $89,085.00 $89,085
83 Geodesist $88,910.40 $146,192
84 Credit Union Examiner $88,719.78 $201,013
85 Highway Safety Personnel $88,068.55 $128,205
86 Geneticist $87,915.84 $197,982
87 Electrolytic Intaglio Platemaker $87,849.20 $115,023
88 Photoengraver $87,688.50 $111,970
89 Industrial Engineer $87,683.67 $143,789
90 Architect $87,671.64 $156,700
91 Environmental Protection Specialist $87,627.12 $158,089
92 Pharmacist $87,598.35 $166,887
93 Unemployment Insurance Employee $87,444.41 $128,205
94 Optometrist $87,225.21 $149,200
95 Accountant $86,931.90 $208,100
96 Public Health Program Specialist $86,921.74 $187,314
97 Aircraft Operator $86,481.50 $162,100
98 Correctional Institution Administrator $86,459.03 $184,320
99 Geologist $86,382.12 $162,100
100 Microbiologist $86,199.56 $210,496

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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