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Top 100 Federal Occupations in 2008

This table shows the top 100 most well-paid occupations in the federal government in 2008, ranked by average pay. In 2008, the number one most well-paid job was "Medical Officer," with an average yearly pay of $169,162. The runner-up job, "Patent Administration," follows with an average of $149,835, which is a 11.43% decrease.

Rank Occupation Title Average Pay Highest Paid Individual
1 Medical Officer $169,161.79 $387,199
2 Patent Administrator $149,835.28 $202,200
3 Administrative Law Judge $149,664.74 $160,500
4 Patent Attorney $144,373.09 $195,130
5 Patent Classifying $141,162.56 $154,816
6 Technical Systems Program Manager $133,778.10 $182,200
7 Astronomy and Space Scientist $132,105.55 $185,216
8 Dental Officer $132,092.53 $300,000
9 Nurse Anesthetist (title 38) $129,620.36 $141,600
10 Metallurgist $126,182.64 $192,315
11 General Attorney $125,942.77 $265,559
12 Program Manager $125,368.25 $269,330
13 Bank Note Engraver $124,829.00 $142,894
14 Bank Note Designer $124,578.00 $125,578
15 Fish and Wildlife Administrator $123,979.19 $172,200
16 Nuclear Engineer $123,697.81 $197,442
17 Sculptural Engraver $123,578.00 $123,578
18 Chief Engineer $123,360.31 $148,062
19 Physicist $122,345.58 $250,000
20 Siderographic Transferring Employee $122,163.75 $135,264
21 Ceramic Engineer $121,146.81 $184,987
22 Mathematician $119,812.62 $168,000
23 Computer Scientist $118,951.07 $208,750
24 Securities Compliance Examiner $118,598.24 $229,100
25 Foreign Agricultural Affairs Personnel $118,106.56 $173,595
26 Financial Manager $116,848.65 $228,000
27 Patent Adviser $114,916.25 $142,227
28 General Engineer $114,289.93 $254,700
29 Mediator $114,257.84 $167,000
30 Zoologist $113,119.03 $158,500
31 Music Specialist $112,735.00 $112,735
32 Naval Architect $111,881.24 $150,500
33 Foreign Affairs Personnel $111,557.53 $213,668
34 Air Traffic Controller $111,212.09 $182,200
35 Aerospace Engineer $111,201.82 $209,390
36 General Mathematican/Statistician $110,858.10 $139,538
37 Education Researcher $110,833.59 $160,079
38 Air Safety Investigator $110,685.08 $172,200
39 Health System Administrator $110,541.65 $232,470
40 Employee Benefits Lawyer $110,213.49 $172,200
41 Pharmacologist $109,862.64 $229,467
42 Materials Engineer $109,818.41 $163,500
43 Operations Researcher $109,323.79 $197,790
44 Electronics Engineer $109,114.40 $172,200
45 Computer Engineer $108,926.31 $191,262
46 Actuarial Scientist $108,786.25 $172,200
47 Health Physicist $108,601.84 $158,500
48 Geophysicist $106,816.57 $161,500
49 Marine Survey Technician $106,316.98 $139,713
50 General Physical Scientist $106,120.78 $226,400
51 Oceanographer $106,077.88 $169,444
52 Plant Physiologist $105,776.61 $169,004
53 Toxicologist $105,674.62 $198,916
54 Chemical Engineer $105,171.87 $168,466
55 Physiologist $104,777.93 $250,000
56 Transportation Industry Analyst $104,621.63 $152,500
57 Fire Protection Engineer $104,225.64 $156,188
58 Design Patent Examier $104,196.86 $154,416
59 Economist $104,181.47 $231,100
60 Mathematical Statistician $103,486.64 $229,735
61 International Relations Personnel $102,262.36 $158,500
62 Financial Institution Examiner $102,218.07 $253,653
63 Environmental Engineer $102,212.98 $172,200
64 Insurance Examiner $102,151.97 $154,765
65 Aviation Safety Personnel $101,561.93 $174,486
66 Labor-Management Relations Examiner $101,440.62 $154,779
67 Animal Scientist $101,197.93 $228,227
68 Pharmacist $100,866.05 $190,200
69 Photographic Technology $100,637.31 $128,966
70 Geodesist $100,545.06 $150,136
71 Education Programmer $100,442.61 $191,300
72 Electrical Engineer $100,250.85 $198,617
73 Chemist $100,065.70 $250,000
74 Mechanical Engineer $99,397.37 $159,944
75 Intaglio Press Operator $99,183.60 $135,971
76 Document Analyst $99,002.96 $139,220
77 Civil Rights Analyst $98,682.61 $164,463
78 Environmental Protection Specialist $98,647.90 $172,200
79 Podiatrist $98,530.50 $158,500
80 Safety Engineer $98,529.72 $163,523
81 Architect $98,212.41 $206,640
82 Hearings and Appeals Personnel $98,205.35 $150,200
83 Sociologist $97,918.68 $140,355
84 Cryptanalyst $97,453.80 $126,850
85 Clothing Designer $97,147.00 $122,527
86 Food Technologist $97,116.71 $205,890
87 Trade Specialist $97,105.55 $154,500
88 Highway Safety Personnel $96,896.46 $150,750
89 Industrial Engineer $96,776.69 $150,700
90 Geneticist $96,715.32 $230,000
91 Health Insurance Administrator $96,692.30 $156,735
92 Aircraft Operator $96,641.77 $157,157
93 Textile Technology $96,357.97 $140,355
94 Accountant $96,295.25 $241,100
95 Letterpress Operator $96,245.46 $131,125
96 Welding Engineer $96,100.33 $142,227
97 Public Health Program Specialist $95,852.55 $232,470
98 Electrolytic Intaglio Platemaker $95,794.17 $125,677
99 Microbiologist $95,764.04 $250,000
100 Plant Pathologist $95,701.39 $178,160

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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