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Top 100 Federal Occupations in 2009

This table shows the top 100 most well-paid occupations in the federal government in 2009, ranked by average pay. In 2009, the number one most well-paid job was "Medical Officer," with an average yearly pay of $176,280. The runner-up job, "Patent Administration," follows with an average of $154,691, which is a 12.25% decrease.

Rank Occupation Title Average Pay Highest Paid Individual
1 Medical Officer $176,280.41 $393,411
2 Patent Administrator $154,690.70 $211,680
3 Administrative Law Judge $153,805.44 $162,900
4 Welding Engineer $149,025.00 $149,025
5 Patent Attorney $147,757.87 $192,094
6 Patent Classifying $146,686.67 $159,905
7 Technical Systems Program Manager $137,493.91 $184,794
8 Dental Officer $135,875.26 $300,000
9 Astronomy and Space Scientist $135,193.05 $213,435
10 Bank Note Engraver $130,540.80 $148,666
11 Program Manager $130,126.14 $253,195
12 Nurse Anesthetist (title 38) $129,717.32 $148,500
13 General Attorney $129,370.21 $267,559
14 Chief Engineer $128,493.88 $154,205
15 Nuclear Engineer $128,476.59 $238,950
16 Sculptural Engraver $128,463.00 $128,463
17 Metallurgist $127,986.42 $168,900
18 Fish and Wildlife Administrator $127,027.00 $211,282
19 Siderographic Transferring Employee $126,234.00 $139,956
20 Physicist $125,481.24 $250,000
21 Patent Adviser $125,249.00 $153,053
22 Securities Compliance Examiner $124,745.02 $234,300
23 Mathematician $124,681.05 $173,938
24 Foreign Agricultural Affairs Personnel $123,935.52 $201,164
25 Computer Scientist $121,662.55 $212,000
26 Financial Manager $119,929.30 $242,999
27 General Engineer $118,501.60 $237,270
28 Mediator $118,383.66 $163,200
29 Education Researcher $118,251.94 $164,561
30 Music Specialist $117,469.00 $117,469
31 Zoologist $117,387.63 $162,900
32 Air Safety Investigator $117,114.40 $177,000
33 Foreign Affairs Personnel $116,451.77 $271,200
34 Naval Architect $116,301.36 $155,700
35 General Mathematican/Statistician $116,207.38 $128,710
36 Aerospace Engineer $116,166.68 $192,700
37 Pharmacologist $114,816.80 $239,564
38 Materials Engineer $114,514.74 $166,900
39 Health System Administrator $114,177.12 $238,950
40 Computer Engineer $114,145.54 $199,869
41 Electronics Engineer $113,843.39 $178,200
42 Actuarial Scientist $112,836.50 $177,000
43 Air Traffic Controller $112,181.88 $186,121
44 Design Patent Examier $112,117.44 $157,506
45 Health Physicist $112,007.34 $163,200
46 Transportation Industry Analyst $111,750.91 $159,200
47 Operations Researcher $111,253.73 $184,801
48 Oceanographer $111,067.84 $178,400
49 Chemical Engineer $110,659.60 $225,000
50 Marine Survey Technician $110,377.78 $145,747
51 Plant Physiologist $109,995.02 $174,004
52 General Physical Scientist $109,636.87 $229,398
53 Photographic Technology $109,628.69 $158,166
54 Toxicologist $109,562.38 $200,000
55 Physiologist $108,860.78 $250,000
56 Geophysicist $108,430.45 $162,900
57 Economist $107,285.05 $242,300
58 Mathematical Statistician $107,222.05 $243,519
59 International Relations Personnel $107,044.61 $170,606
60 Insurance Examiner $106,790.75 $158,700
61 Fire Protection Engineer $106,467.65 $160,470
62 Aviation Safety Personnel $106,096.30 $183,900
63 Environmental Engineer $105,808.84 $177,000
64 Pharmacist $105,486.21 $192,700
65 Labor-Management Relations Examiner $104,758.99 $156,200
66 Financial Institution Examiner $104,721.55 $265,653
67 Education Programmer $104,702.52 $196,700
68 Employee Benefits Lawyer $104,612.86 $177,000
69 Geodesist $104,141.62 $153,200
70 Chemist $103,891.83 $253,000
71 Intaglio Press Operator $103,852.57 $146,525
72 Cryptanalyst $103,636.25 $138,141
73 Document Analyst $103,489.86 $144,997
74 Environmental Protection Specialist $103,055.82 $177,000
75 Clothing Designer $102,954.67 $127,599
76 Sociologist $102,896.14 $151,488
77 Electrical Engineer $102,806.95 $200,000
78 Clerk of Court $102,721.00 $102,721
79 Civil Rights Analyst $102,718.45 $153,700
80 Mechanical Engineer $102,379.15 $165,633
81 Highway Safety Personnel $101,929.22 $153,353
82 Health Insurance Administrator $101,791.89 $157,053
83 Hearings and Appeals Personnel $101,685.07 $156,098
84 Industrial Engineer $101,571.36 $157,562
85 Podiatrist $101,443.90 $162,900
86 Animal Scientist $100,733.06 $240,000
87 Trade Specialist $100,728.51 $159,000
88 Food Technologist $100,722.05 $215,155
89 Plant Pathologist $100,602.80 $183,160
90 Geneticist $100,462.37 $230,000
91 Architect $100,104.37 $177,000
92 Accountant $99,879.27 $242,300
93 Patent Examiner $99,694.11 $163,651
94 Aircraft Operator $99,562.93 $164,744
95 Letterpress Operator $99,207.35 $135,915
96 Forest Products Technology Personnel $99,101.91 $140,588
97 Public Health Program Specialist $99,076.86 $203,400
98 Industrial Specialist $98,891.12 $164,194
99 Safety Engineer $98,321.03 $173,006
100 Correctional Institution Administrator $98,064.09 $189,700

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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