Top 100 Federal Occupations in 2011

This table shows the top 100 most well-paid occupations in the federal government in 2011, ranked by average pay. In 2011, the number one most well-paid job was "Medical Officer," with an average yearly pay of $186,012. The runner-up job, "Patent Administration," follows with an average of $158,161, which is a 14.97% decrease.

Rank Occupation Title Average Pay Highest Paid Individual
1 Medical Officer $186,011.73 $398,322
2 Patent Administrator $158,160.67 $180,550
3 Administrative Law Judge $154,577.83 $168,300
4 Patent Attorney $151,644.72 $179,700
5 Patent Classifying $151,613.43 $163,975
6 Dental Officer $144,961.92 $300,000
7 Technical Systems Program Manager $142,160.49 $224,950
8 Securities Compliance Examiner $141,793.95 $230,700
9 Bank Note Engraver $137,990.00 $151,120
10 Nurse Anesthetist (title 38) $137,307.85 $159,250
11 Astronomy and Space Scientist $135,297.42 $171,457
12 Program Manager $134,048.07 $253,195
13 General Attorney $131,682.01 $259,500
14 Physicist $131,006.31 $250,000
15 Foreign Agricultural Affairs Personnel $130,678.56 $182,871
16 Nuclear Engineer $130,586.57 $198,360
17 Metallurgist $130,501.50 $170,231
18 Patent Adviser $129,999.36 $155,500
19 Chief Engineer $129,784.46 $157,471
20 Fish and Wildlife Administrator $129,372.74 $242,595
21 Financial Manager $126,051.50 $247,648
22 Computer Scientist $124,265.26 $212,000
23 Design Patent Examier $122,400.25 $163,013
24 Air Safety Investigator $121,988.82 $179,700
25 General Engineer $121,562.38 $242,595
26 Mathematician $121,097.37 $176,547
27 Mediator $120,606.97 $173,924
28 Air Traffic Controller $120,385.09 $225,997
29 General Mathematican/Statistician $119,861.67 $136,293
30 Pharmacologist $119,744.76 $261,950
31 Aerospace Engineer $119,453.54 $198,360
32 Health System Administrator $119,265.92 $242,595
33 Zoologist $118,242.98 $173,845
34 Materials Engineer $117,925.84 $170,231
35 Computer Engineer $117,744.91 $201,369
36 Electronics Engineer $117,173.99 $185,126
37 Foreign Affairs Personnel $116,877.16 $204,592
38 Naval Architect $116,570.33 $155,500
39 Actuarial Scientist $115,649.17 $179,700
40 Transportation Industry Analyst $115,170.20 $156,500
41 Financial Institution Examiner $114,737.78 $259,500
42 Health Physicist $114,662.73 $165,300
43 Photographic Technology $114,556.29 $162,038
44 Toxicologist $113,886.01 $200,000
45 Plant Physiologist $113,732.68 $179,004
46 Insurance Examiner $113,338.88 $161,559
47 Oceanographer $113,070.23 $172,674
48 Chemical Engineer $112,924.36 $225,000
49 General Physical Scientist $112,896.96 $242,595
50 Geophysicist $111,887.63 $167,300
51 Education Researcher $111,670.74 $155,500
52 Geodesist $111,424.69 $155,500
53 Physiologist $111,350.19 $250,000
54 Economist $111,304.21 $250,000
55 Cryptanalyst $110,843.11 $146,385
56 Operations Researcher $110,807.49 $190,529
57 Mathematical Statistician $110,408.75 $248,389
58 Employee Benefits Lawyer $110,252.83 $179,655
59 Aviation Safety Personnel $109,518.74 $194,602
60 Marine Survey Technician $109,261.98 $148,806
61 International Relations Personnel $108,970.73 $170,756
62 Wage and Hour Compliance Personnel $108,748.50 $137,221
63 Fire Protection Engineer $108,566.69 $160,110
64 Pharmacist $108,269.91 $197,999
65 International Cooperation Personnel $107,384.44 $155,500
66 Civil Rights Analyst $107,135.03 $156,500
67 Labor-Management Relations Examiner $106,980.85 $162,900
68 Chemist $106,919.45 $250,000
69 Environmental Engineer $106,814.44 $215,640
70 Intaglio Press Operator $106,352.07 $147,041
71 Environmental Protection Specialist $106,296.94 $179,700
72 Patent Examiner $106,092.66 $167,756
73 Education Programmer $104,955.02 $199,700
74 Aircraft Operator $104,944.83 $167,213
75 Electrolytic Intaglio Platemaker $104,727.13 $135,870
76 Mechanical Engineer $104,613.68 $171,330
77 Financial Analyst $104,529.61 $232,200
78 Highway Safety Personnel $104,489.07 $155,500
79 Plant Pathologist $104,321.49 $188,160
80 Geneticist $104,178.89 $240,000
81 Trade Specialist $104,120.56 $161,385
82 Electrical Engineer $104,014.31 $200,000
83 Architect $103,901.37 $179,700
84 Hearings and Appeals Personnel $103,574.55 $158,753
85 Podiatrist $103,569.22 $168,050
86 Document Analyst $103,524.32 $152,635
87 Health Insurance Administrator $102,975.98 $161,886
88 Photoengraver $102,906.50 $110,055
89 Safety Engineer $102,683.39 $181,200
90 Accountant $102,457.84 $241,742
91 Industrial Specialist $102,421.46 $166,580
92 Food Technologist $101,950.20 $219,458
93 Unemployment Insurance Employee $101,889.16 $141,175
94 Workforce Development Personnel $101,319.49 $177,080
95 Microbiologist $100,837.00 $250,000
96 Public Health Program Specialist $100,549.80 $203,400
97 Optometrist $100,391.76 $175,547
98 Credit Union Examiner $100,368.67 $247,266
99 Animal Scientist $100,345.48 $156,614
100 Letterpress Operator $100,117.53 $140,211

Data Sources

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