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Top 100 Federal Occupations in 2013

This table shows the top 100 most well-paid occupations in the federal government in 2013, ranked by average pay. In 2013, the number one most well-paid job was "Medical Officer," with an average yearly pay of $192,770. The runner-up job, "Patent Attorney," follows with an average of $158,863, which is a 17.59% decrease.

Rank Occupation Title Average Pay Highest Paid Individual
1 Medical Officer $192,769.55 $401,589
2 Patent Attorney $158,862.80 $208,360
3 Patent Administrator $158,137.58 $179,700
4 Administrative Law Judge $157,536.83 $173,575
5 Securities Compliance Examiner $151,562.69 $237,211
6 Patent Classifying $150,466.96 $157,420
7 Dental Officer $149,163.98 $300,000
8 Nurse Anesthetist (title 38) $145,609.02 $199,700
9 Technical Systems Program Manager $142,156.68 $182,636
10 Astronomy and Space Scientist $135,247.15 $165,300
11 Chief Engineer $134,185.74 $157,471
12 Program Manager $133,078.02 $247,500
13 General Attorney $132,785.26 $259,500
14 Patent Adviser $131,963.55 $156,750
15 Metallurgist $131,045.00 $170,231
16 Nuclear Engineer $130,624.55 $179,700
17 General Mathematican/Statistician $130,216.90 $179,000
18 Foreign Agricultural Affairs Personnel $129,195.50 $184,700
19 Physicist $128,647.71 $250,000
20 Fish and Wildlife Administrator $128,290.71 $179,700
21 Design Patent Examier $127,635.75 $164,500
22 Financial Manager $127,085.79 $247,640
23 Air Traffic Controller $126,500.91 $183,059
24 Mathematician $125,943.13 $234,938
25 Computer Scientist $123,512.95 $212,000
26 General Engineer $122,653.30 $242,595
27 Pharmacologist $122,326.59 $261,950
28 Mediator $122,181.61 $165,300
29 Health System Administrator $121,927.31 $190,300
30 Air Safety Investigator $120,492.39 $169,374
31 Aerospace Engineer $120,193.79 $223,155
32 Zoologist $120,057.03 $173,565
33 Financial Institution Examiner $120,002.53 $272,500
34 Photographic Technology $118,998.54 $166,960
35 Electronics Engineer $118,793.24 $180,757
36 Computer Engineer $118,484.86 $199,869
37 Actuarial Scientist $117,873.05 $180,001
38 Materials Engineer $117,848.42 $165,300
39 Foreign Affairs Personnel $116,995.54 $463,893
40 Naval Architect $115,044.45 $155,500
41 Plant Physiologist $114,887.73 $179,004
42 Transportation Industry Analyst $114,694.77 $155,500
43 General Physical Scientist $114,541.12 $230,700
44 Financial Analyst $114,399.73 $251,500
45 Health Physicist $114,377.77 $171,843
46 Chemical Engineer $114,294.93 $225,000
47 Toxicologist $114,247.26 $250,000
48 Geodesist $114,242.11 $155,500
49 Oceanographer $114,215.69 $172,674
50 Insurance Examiner $113,617.76 $155,500
51 Economist $113,409.95 $253,500
52 Geophysicist $113,064.20 $165,300
53 Operations Researcher $113,000.51 $179,700
54 Education Researcher $112,033.89 $179,700
55 Fire Protection Engineer $111,654.79 $159,759
56 Employee Benefits Lawyer $111,239.32 $179,655
57 International Relations Personnel $111,229.89 $175,520
58 Aviation Safety Personnel $111,019.17 $179,700
59 Mathematical Statistician $110,960.41 $248,389
60 Marine Survey Technician $110,691.79 $148,806
61 Pharmacist $109,799.62 $197,999
62 Physiologist $109,786.88 $250,000
63 Civil Rights Analyst $109,743.64 $155,502
64 Cryptanalyst $109,422.45 $148,510
65 Environmental Engineer $108,410.03 $198,000
66 International Cooperation Personnel $107,881.92 $155,500
67 Patent Examiner $107,706.90 $169,750
68 Chemist $107,328.54 $250,000
69 Environmental Protection Specialist $106,415.60 $179,700
70 Food Technologist $106,309.67 $222,201
71 Plant Pathologist $105,815.12 $188,160
72 Trade Specialist $105,775.75 $163,468
73 Geneticist $105,625.88 $250,000
74 Labor-Management Relations Examiner $105,613.12 $162,900
75 Electrical Engineer $105,211.02 $200,000
76 Mechanical Engineer $104,922.53 $165,300
77 Architect $104,832.74 $174,830
78 Education Programmer $104,391.19 $199,700
79 Health Insurance Administrator $104,185.19 $160,886
80 Aircraft Operator $103,983.71 $171,047
81 Document Analyst $103,930.58 $152,635
82 Intaglio Press Operator $103,899.94 $144,651
83 Industrial Specialist $103,892.93 $168,373
84 Accountant $103,529.71 $251,500
85 Hearings and Appeals Personnel $102,906.87 $158,753
86 Electrolytic Intaglio Platemaker $102,785.38 $132,520
87 Podiatrist $102,777.36 $168,800
88 Entomology $102,164.81 $173,565
89 Unemployment Insurance Employee $102,063.00 $144,990
90 Microbiologist $101,834.87 $250,000
91 Auditor $101,784.40 $235,960
92 Information Technology Manager $101,732.20 $250,000
93 Highway Safety Personnel $101,576.06 $155,500
94 Forest Products Technology Personnel $101,498.39 $144,977
95 Workforce Development Personnel $101,412.74 $173,000
96 Navigational Information Personnel $101,095.06 $170,550
97 Safety Engineer $100,731.55 $179,700
98 Animal Scientist $100,723.25 $155,500
99 Customs and Border Protection Interdiction Agent $100,538.35 $153,878
100 Letterpress Operator $100,404.89 $136,611

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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