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Top 100 Federal Occupations in 2006

This table shows the top 100 most well-paid occupations in the federal government in 2006, ranked by average pay. In 2006, the number one most well-paid job was "Administrative Law Judge," with an average yearly pay of $144,834. The runner-up job, "Patent Attorney," follows with an average of $136,296, which is a 5.9% decrease.

Rank Occupation Title Average Pay Highest Paid Individual
1 Administrative Law Judge $144,834.16 $152,000
2 Patent Attorney $136,296.27 $156,024
3 Patent Administrator $132,761.87 $165,200
4 Technical Systems Program Manager $130,713.42 $166,632
5 Welding Engineer $129,023.00 $129,023
6 Bank Note Engraver $123,135.00 $143,936
7 Astronomy and Space Scientist $123,054.13 $177,042
8 Nurse Anesthetist (title 38) $122,728.19 $134,900
9 Air Traffic Controller $120,474.06 $166,632
10 Patent Classifying $119,004.56 $143,000
11 Nuclear Engineer $118,937.30 $191,615
12 Metallurgist $118,444.50 $152,000
13 Program Manager $117,938.38 $248,230
14 General Attorney $117,556.32 $258,683
15 Fish and Wildlife Administrator $115,583.65 $165,200
16 Sculptural Engraver $115,047.00 $115,047
17 Bank Note Designer $115,047.00 $115,047
18 Chief Engineer $114,287.04 $139,477
19 Siderographic Transferring Employee $113,731.50 $125,937
20 Physicist $113,414.02 $251,999
21 Ceramic Engineer $112,962.21 $152,000
22 Foreign Agricultural Affairs Personnel $110,917.71 $165,200
23 Mathematician $110,893.99 $153,098
24 Computer Scientist $110,054.30 $195,600
25 Financial Manager $109,742.26 $208,169
26 General Engineer $107,907.24 $223,020
27 Education Researcher $107,327.84 $149,200
28 Mediator $106,870.10 $152,000
29 Health System Administrator $106,128.08 $223,020
30 Pharmacologist $106,072.22 $195,700
31 Foreign Affairs Personnel $105,784.19 $183,500
32 Music Specialist $105,235.00 $105,235
33 Aerospace Engineer $105,080.11 $217,215
34 Operations Researcher $105,000.35 $183,500
35 Air Safety Investigator $104,565.53 $165,200
36 Zoologist $104,064.41 $152,000
37 Securities Compliance Examiner $102,948.73 $212,100
38 Electronics Engineer $102,588.25 $178,260
39 Patent Adviser $102,314.80 $125,439
40 Medical Officer $102,197.37 $250,000
41 Geophysicist $102,165.46 $152,000
42 Pension Law Specialist $102,131.50 $165,200
43 Naval Architect $101,990.04 $139,610
44 Health Physicist $101,300.70 $154,500
45 Computer Engineer $101,059.87 $183,478
46 Materials Engineer $100,930.04 $152,000
47 Toxicologist $100,332.50 $178,015
48 Ship Surveyer $100,047.85 $130,134
49 General Physical Scientist $99,537.06 $213,282
50 Oceanographer $98,869.54 $155,168
51 Actuarial Scientist $98,652.90 $165,200
52 Fire Protection Engineer $98,643.19 $141,274
53 Financial Institution Examiner $98,548.07 $220,263
54 Physiologist $98,521.22 $247,500
55 Plant Physiologist $98,192.07 $161,004
56 Transportation Industry Analyst $97,029.33 $152,000
57 Mathematical Statistician $96,921.81 $199,268
58 Education Programmer $96,785.10 $183,500
59 Chemical Engineer $96,772.10 $154,000
60 International Relations Personnel $96,756.12 $152,000
61 Aviation Safety Personnel $96,755.33 $160,642
62 Economist $95,572.53 $215,502
63 Safety Engineer $95,031.75 $149,266
64 Environmental Engineer $94,936.60 $163,295
65 Sociologist $94,817.89 $130,419
66 Insurance Examiner $94,606.52 $139,774
67 Electrical Engineer $94,210.41 $186,798
68 Hearings and Appeals Personnel $93,438.55 $143,000
69 Animal Scientist $93,262.38 $216,933
70 Labor-Management Relations Examiner $93,074.90 $150,439
71 Estate Tax Examiner $92,605.00 $92,605
72 Chemist $92,418.53 $237,500
73 Mechanical Engineer $92,170.27 $148,605
74 Intaglio Press Operator $91,836.76 $127,679
75 Industrial Engineer $91,537.38 $146,284
76 Aircraft Operator $91,317.07 $147,931
77 Architect $91,235.69 $165,200
78 Geodesist $91,206.25 $144,362
79 Pharmacist $91,132.36 $162,970
80 Document Analyst $91,043.32 $132,607
81 Environmental Protection Specialist $90,947.73 $159,784
82 Geneticist $90,844.11 $209,861
83 Civil Rights Analyst $90,741.33 $153,559
84 Highway Safety Personnel $90,723.45 $133,031
85 Podiatrist $90,664.98 $152,000
86 Food Technologist $90,448.44 $169,337
87 Electrolytic Intaglio Platemaker $90,327.06 $117,146
88 Dental Officer $89,923.32 $250,000
89 Credit Union Examiner $89,750.49 $201,013
90 Accountant $89,712.16 $213,001
91 Photographic Technology $89,636.00 $116,787
92 Microbiologist $89,547.52 $221,125
93 Customs and Border Protection Interdiction Agent $89,450.67 $127,798
94 Health Insurance Administrator $89,392.87 $143,000
95 Trade Specialist $89,153.19 $146,000
96 Petroleum Engineer $89,078.31 $152,076
97 Geologist $88,926.24 $165,200
98 Public Health Program Specialist $88,892.35 $200,000
99 Letterpress Operator $88,804.38 $121,825
100 Clothing Designer $88,770.50 $108,901

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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