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Top 100 Federal Occupations in 2012

This table shows the top 100 most well-paid occupations in the federal government in 2012, ranked by average pay. In 2012, the number one most well-paid job was "Medical Officer," with an average yearly pay of $189,281. The runner-up job, "Patent Administration," follows with an average of $158,021, which is a 16.52% decrease.

Rank Occupation Title Average Pay Highest Paid Individual
1 Medical Officer $189,281.41 $398,322
2 Patent Administrator $158,020.78 $180,200
3 Patent Attorney $157,203.58 $185,300
4 Administrative Law Judge $155,544.00 $173,575
5 Securities Compliance Examiner $155,258.51 $249,614
6 Patent Classifying $150,724.54 $158,852
7 Dental Officer $147,168.56 $300,000
8 Emergency Management Specialist $143,154.00 $143,154
9 Nurse Anesthetist (title 38) $140,814.96 $179,909
10 Technical Systems Program Manager $140,761.13 $188,136
11 Astronomy and Space Scientist $135,529.35 $165,700
12 Program Manager $134,068.08 $247,481
13 General Attorney $132,422.70 $270,000
14 Patent Adviser $131,197.50 $155,500
15 Nuclear Engineer $131,010.16 $242,595
16 Metallurgist $130,939.32 $170,231
17 Chief Engineer $130,237.38 $157,471
18 Physicist $129,496.20 $250,000
19 Fish and Wildlife Administrator $128,951.21 $210,988
20 Foreign Agricultural Affairs Personnel $128,914.89 $179,700
21 Financial Manager $126,034.55 $249,070
22 General Mathematican/Statistician $125,980.22 $175,001
23 Air Traffic Controller $125,092.97 $191,924
24 Mathematician $123,920.76 $224,983
25 Computer Scientist $123,472.43 $212,000
26 Design Patent Examier $122,253.57 $161,774
27 General Engineer $122,029.66 $230,700
28 Pharmacologist $121,370.19 $261,950
29 Health System Administrator $121,290.32 $242,595
30 Air Safety Investigator $120,955.87 $167,697
31 Mediator $120,853.91 $173,924
32 Aerospace Engineer $120,096.12 $197,706
33 Zoologist $119,151.47 $173,565
34 Materials Engineer $118,064.62 $170,231
35 Computer Engineer $118,021.58 $201,869
36 Electronics Engineer $117,971.40 $185,757
37 Financial Institution Examiner $117,907.87 $270,000
38 Actuarial Scientist $117,420.76 $179,700
39 Foreign Affairs Personnel $117,121.60 $222,877
40 Naval Architect $115,210.33 $155,500
41 Photographic Technology $115,132.14 $160,538
42 Chemical Engineer $114,920.82 $225,000
43 Health Physicist $114,706.50 $172,800
44 Toxicologist $114,375.72 $200,000
45 Insurance Examiner $114,306.68 $158,845
46 Plant Physiologist $114,227.57 $179,004
47 Geophysicist $113,987.91 $165,300
48 General Physical Scientist $113,568.59 $230,700
49 Oceanographer $113,524.55 $172,674
50 Geodesist $113,427.06 $155,500
51 Education Researcher $113,153.29 $155,500
52 Transportation Industry Analyst $113,002.44 $155,500
53 Operations Researcher $112,364.10 $199,160
54 Economist $112,353.80 $250,000
55 Employee Benefits Lawyer $111,366.97 $179,655
56 Cryptanalyst $111,213.85 $144,385
57 Marine Survey Technician $110,533.33 $148,806
58 Fire Protection Engineer $110,469.99 $158,985
59 Mathematical Statistician $110,406.19 $248,389
60 International Relations Personnel $110,342.54 $175,520
61 Aviation Safety Personnel $110,194.97 $182,700
62 Physiologist $110,098.88 $250,000
63 Pharmacist $109,590.61 $197,999
64 Financial Analyst $109,189.81 $237,045
65 Civil Rights Analyst $108,993.05 $155,658
66 Environmental Engineer $108,190.16 $198,000
67 International Cooperation Personnel $108,128.59 $156,000
68 Chemist $107,069.65 $250,000
69 Environmental Protection Specialist $106,949.30 $179,700
70 Plant Pathologist $105,840.87 $188,719
71 Labor-Management Relations Examiner $105,818.94 $162,900
72 Education Programmer $105,611.00 $199,700
73 Patent Examiner $105,303.16 $170,687
74 Electrical Engineer $104,607.22 $200,000
75 Trade Specialist $104,559.64 $163,468
76 Mechanical Engineer $104,523.81 $169,240
77 Food Technologist $104,472.43 $219,458
78 Industrial Specialist $104,442.43 $167,706
79 Architect $104,161.45 $179,700
80 Geneticist $104,102.75 $240,000
81 Aircraft Operator $103,728.42 $169,240
82 Electrolytic Intaglio Platemaker $103,619.09 $133,845
83 Intaglio Press Operator $103,617.06 $147,722
84 Health Insurance Administrator $103,556.25 $175,042
85 Highway Safety Personnel $103,122.47 $152,635
86 Document Analyst $102,939.36 $152,635
87 Accountant $102,877.20 $250,684
88 Hearings and Appeals Personnel $102,473.00 $158,753
89 Podiatrist $102,346.12 $167,300
90 Unemployment Insurance Employee $102,314.53 $141,175
91 Clothing Designer $101,875.50 $105,357
92 Animal Scientist $101,744.68 $155,500
93 Safety Engineer $101,599.69 $179,700
94 Forest Products Technology Personnel $101,334.91 $144,977
95 Microbiologist $101,215.06 $250,000
96 Entomology $101,092.32 $173,565
97 Workforce Development Personnel $101,056.25 $176,780
98 Information Technology Manager $100,795.65 $251,278
99 Optometrist $100,698.14 $165,300
100 Auditor $100,279.82 $252,296

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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