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Top 100 Federal Occupations in 2010

This table shows the top 100 most well-paid occupations in the federal government in 2010, ranked by average pay. In 2010, the number one most well-paid job was "Medical Officer," with an average yearly pay of $183,574. The runner-up job, "Patent Administration," follows with an average of $156,089, which is a 14.97% decrease.

Rank Occupation Title Average Pay Highest Paid Individual
1 Medical Officer $183,574.49 $395,055
2 Patent Administrator $156,088.72 $179,700
3 Administrative Law Judge $155,914.64 $165,300
4 Patent Attorney $148,687.93 $165,300
5 Patent Classifying $147,165.50 $155,827
6 Dental Officer $142,757.42 $300,000
7 Technical Systems Program Manager $140,368.16 $189,700
8 Astronomy and Space Scientist $135,727.54 $222,815
9 Chief Engineer $135,483.93 $157,870
10 Program Manager $133,968.14 $293,754
11 Nurse Anesthetist (title 38) $133,157.83 $151,200
12 Securities Compliance Examiner $131,867.83 $235,700
13 General Attorney $131,744.07 $268,059
14 Metallurgist $131,263.00 $170,231
15 Nuclear Engineer $131,094.49 $210,691
16 Patent Adviser $129,845.82 $155,500
17 Foreign Agricultural Affairs Personnel $129,805.42 $179,700
18 Physicist $128,767.34 $250,000
19 Fish and Wildlife Administrator $128,701.24 $215,640
20 Financial Manager $124,422.70 $247,500
21 Mathematician $123,991.60 $176,947
22 Computer Scientist $123,477.82 $226,664
23 Mediator $122,596.85 $168,838
24 Bank Note Engraver $122,515.64 $167,713
25 General Mathematican/Statistician $121,255.45 $133,763
26 Air Safety Investigator $121,161.67 $179,700
27 General Engineer $120,967.85 $238,338
28 Music Specialist $119,935.00 $119,935
29 Aerospace Engineer $118,941.20 $222,315
30 Zoologist $118,518.25 $165,300
31 Naval Architect $118,191.78 $155,500
32 Design Patent Examier $118,129.70 $155,827
33 Pharmacologist $117,814.11 $245,553
34 Health System Administrator $117,555.79 $242,595
35 Computer Engineer $117,490.08 $199,869
36 Foreign Affairs Personnel $117,388.53 $218,566
37 Materials Engineer $117,031.34 $170,300
38 Education Researcher $116,945.75 $167,029
39 Electronics Engineer $116,618.93 $183,967
40 Air Traffic Controller $115,318.50 $193,060
41 Health Physicist $115,050.06 $165,500
42 Photographic Technology $114,605.92 $162,038
43 Actuarial Scientist $114,601.81 $179,700
44 Transportation Industry Analyst $114,562.41 $155,500
45 International Cooperation Personnel $114,299.07 $155,500
46 Oceanographer $113,791.99 $179,700
47 Plant Physiologist $113,534.08 $200,243
48 Marine Survey Technician $113,005.79 $148,806
49 Employee Benefits Lawyer $112,796.11 $179,655
50 Toxicologist $112,336.58 $200,000
51 General Physical Scientist $112,102.47 $230,700
52 Chemical Engineer $111,753.35 $225,000
53 Operations Researcher $111,710.26 $184,448
54 Insurance Examiner $111,164.68 $161,923
55 Economist $110,347.48 $250,000
56 Physiologist $110,255.13 $250,000
57 Financial Institution Examiner $110,088.73 $259,500
58 Geophysicist $109,679.88 $167,300
59 Mathematical Statistician $109,464.53 $248,389
60 Clothing Designer $109,331.00 $133,887
61 Geodesist $109,061.92 $155,500
62 Cryptanalyst $108,849.00 $142,059
63 Aviation Safety Personnel $108,358.77 $194,385
64 Pharmacist $107,969.24 $198,499
65 Fire Protection Engineer $107,735.44 $162,168
66 Labor-Management Relations Examiner $107,395.89 $162,900
67 Environmental Engineer $107,313.14 $179,700
68 Intaglio Press Operator $107,199.53 $149,301
69 Chemist $106,283.14 $250,000
70 International Relations Personnel $106,196.85 $170,606
71 Education Programmer $106,118.13 $199,700
72 Environmental Protection Specialist $105,978.81 $209,484
73 Patent Examiner $105,182.48 $166,236
74 Electrolytic Intaglio Platemaker $104,304.46 $136,920
75 Highway Safety Personnel $104,240.03 $156,100
76 Electrical Engineer $104,227.02 $200,000
77 Mechanical Engineer $103,960.14 $170,563
78 Plant Pathologist $103,592.20 $188,160
79 Trade Specialist $103,548.18 $161,385
80 Wage and Hour Compliance Personnel $103,409.94 $155,500
81 Podiatrist $103,379.71 $172,335
82 Document Analyst $103,311.26 $149,276
83 Hearings and Appeals Personnel $103,133.86 $157,375
84 Industrial Specialist $102,993.05 $163,355
85 Aircraft Operator $102,938.07 $166,739
86 Food Technologist $102,823.15 $219,458
87 Architect $102,559.65 $179,700
88 Health Insurance Administrator $102,451.08 $161,500
89 Accountant $102,255.49 $245,700
90 Photoengraver $102,209.73 $132,633
91 Geneticist $102,125.52 $230,000
92 Safety Engineer $101,180.87 $179,700
93 Financial Analyst $101,048.23 $236,700
94 Sociologist $100,873.79 $160,500
95 Letterpress Operator $100,855.79 $141,761
96 Public Health Program Specialist $100,567.37 $205,400
97 Textile Technology $100,548.00 $147,857
98 Optometrist $100,398.60 $165,300
99 Animal Scientist $100,358.51 $157,849
100 Unemployment Insurance Employee $99,984.86 $141,175

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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