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Top 100 Federal Occupations in 2007

This table shows the top 100 most well-paid occupations in the federal government in 2007, ranked by average pay. In 2007, the number one most well-paid job was "Medical Officer," with an average yearly pay of $158,026. The runner-up job, "Administrative Law Judge," follows with an average of $148,607, which is a 5.96% decrease.

Rank Occupation Title Average Pay Highest Paid Individual
1 Medical Officer $158,026.09 $384,683
2 Administrative Law Judge $148,606.60 $154,600
3 Patent Administrator $141,302.22 $168,000
4 Patent Attorney $139,688.04 $192,846
5 Technical Systems Program Manager $134,051.23 $172,000
6 Patent Classifying $131,075.17 $145,400
7 Astronomy and Space Scientist $126,363.29 $154,850
8 Nurse Anesthetist (title 38) $125,587.06 $138,200
9 Dental Officer $122,831.27 $300,000
10 Nuclear Engineer $121,511.69 $223,020
11 General Attorney $121,136.79 $258,683
12 Program Manager $120,812.16 $248,230
13 Fish and Wildlife Administrator $119,509.68 $226,800
14 Sculptural Engraver $119,014.00 $119,014
15 Metallurgist $117,785.89 $154,600
16 Siderographic Transferring Employee $117,660.75 $130,191
17 Ceramic Engineer $116,462.44 $155,500
18 Physicist $116,300.29 $250,000
19 Chief Engineer $116,031.08 $142,711
20 Bank Note Engraver $115,681.91 $148,933
21 Air Traffic Controller $114,908.56 $178,000
22 Mathematician $114,486.08 $154,600
23 Securities Compliance Examiner $114,382.80 $215,700
24 Computer Scientist $113,677.22 $200,721
25 Financial Manager $113,442.84 $214,146
26 Foreign Agricultural Affairs Personnel $112,968.49 $226,800
27 Education Researcher $111,273.43 $153,200
28 General Engineer $110,819.82 $226,800
29 Mediator $110,698.01 $155,400
30 Pharmacologist $108,693.31 $205,260
31 Music Specialist $108,424.00 $108,424
32 Aerospace Engineer $107,808.35 $171,000
33 Naval Architect $107,423.93 $143,303
34 Zoologist $107,392.39 $154,600
35 Foreign Affairs Personnel $107,042.41 $206,268
36 Operations Researcher $106,692.78 $186,600
37 Pension Law Specialist $106,111.11 $168,000
38 Air Safety Investigator $105,950.24 $165,090
39 Health System Administrator $105,186.51 $201,600
40 Electronics Engineer $105,135.02 $185,008
41 Geophysicist $104,489.63 $178,341
42 Computer Engineer $104,479.46 $186,597
43 Health Physicist $104,443.47 $154,600
44 Materials Engineer $103,830.37 $156,267
45 Toxicologist $103,141.64 $186,600
46 Actuarial Scientist $102,558.08 $201,600
47 General Physical Scientist $102,542.23 $226,800
48 Physiologist $102,466.83 $247,500
49 Marine Survey Technician $102,424.20 $134,042
50 Oceanographer $101,778.49 $161,375
51 Transportation Industry Analyst $100,742.84 $154,600
52 Chemical Engineer $100,471.35 $161,227
53 Fire Protection Engineer $100,095.08 $143,971
54 Financial Institution Examiner $100,038.30 $231,000
55 Plant Physiologist $99,861.60 $164,004
56 Mathematical Statistician $99,512.16 $201,261
57 Economist $98,861.96 $216,200
58 Environmental Engineer $98,811.93 $168,000
59 Insurance Examiner $98,698.92 $139,089
60 International Relations Personnel $98,653.25 $154,600
61 Education Programmer $98,290.82 $186,600
62 Aviation Safety Personnel $98,207.23 $196,626
63 Safety Engineer $97,222.52 $154,718
64 Electrical Engineer $97,081.25 $189,974
65 Labor-Management Relations Examiner $97,042.64 $151,834
66 Patent Adviser $97,036.83 $132,435
67 Industrial Engineer $96,753.99 $150,645
68 Podiatrist $96,600.18 $154,600
69 Bank Note Designer $96,351.67 $119,014
70 Sociologist $96,231.69 $136,273
71 Pharmacist $96,072.12 $168,000
72 Chemist $96,021.16 $242,500
73 Civil Rights Analyst $95,951.06 $156,631
74 Animal Scientist $95,841.37 $222,660
75 Intaglio Press Operator $95,508.39 $137,082
76 Estate Tax Examiner $95,394.00 $95,394
77 Mechanical Engineer $95,141.02 $153,940
78 Hearings and Appeals Personnel $95,000.36 $145,400
79 Environmental Protection Specialist $94,555.53 $164,860
80 Highway Safety Personnel $94,072.15 $136,114
81 Architect $94,063.65 $168,000
82 Document Analyst $94,037.53 $130,914
83 Electrolytic Intaglio Platemaker $93,846.45 $121,041
84 International Cooperation Personnel $93,452.79 $143,471
85 Design Patent Examier $93,160.62 $145,400
86 Geodesist $93,039.60 $144,362
87 Photoengraver $93,033.00 $117,900
88 Geneticist $92,812.94 $222,453
89 Food Technologist $92,804.15 $179,130
90 Accountant $92,595.45 $222,500
91 Public Health Program Specialist $92,552.11 $203,400
92 Microbiologist $92,487.01 $247,500
93 Letterpress Operator $92,386.08 $125,688
94 Trade Specialist $92,277.00 $149,000
95 Health Insurance Administrator $92,270.89 $150,000
96 Cryptanalyst $92,186.50 $117,721
97 Photographic Technology $92,000.69 $121,399
98 Welding Engineer $91,609.50 $132,435
99 Petroleum Engineer $91,507.28 $156,638
100 Optometrist $91,280.83 $154,600

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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