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Top 100 Federal Occupations in 2018

This table shows the top 100 most well-paid occupations in the federal government in 2018, ranked by average pay. In 2018, the number one most well-paid job was "Securities Compliance Examining," with an average yearly pay of $188,507. The runner-up job, "Nurse Anesthetist (title 38)," follows with an average of $174,386, which is a 7.49% decrease.

Rank Occupation Title Average Pay Highest Paid Individual
1 Securities Compliance Examiner $188,506.69 $243,500
2 Nurse Anesthetist (title 38) $174,386.15 $210,700
3 Administrative Law Judge $167,698.36 $186,045
4 Patent Attorney $166,875.53 $187,722
5 Patent Administrator $164,192.00 $189,600
6 Technical Systems Program Manager $156,756.21 $189,600
7 General Mathematican/Statistician $155,685.76 $243,500
8 Chief Engineer $155,526.71 $167,922
9 Metallurgist $151,068.08 $189,600
10 Patent Classifying $143,789.46 $164,200
11 Program Manager $143,621.00 $331,175
12 Astronomy and Space Scientist $143,294.88 $187,009
13 $141,977.52 $273,420
14 Photographic Technology $141,323.33 $152,760
15 General Attorney $140,841.09 $277,813
16 Mathematician $140,630.75 $263,788
17 Patent Adviser $139,947.89 $164,200
18 Financial Analyst $139,062.80 $274,219
19 Physicist $138,147.63 $275,000
20 Financial Manager $137,466.83 $259,943
21 Fish and Wildlife Administrator $136,267.08 $189,600
22 Pharmacologist $132,604.59 $253,772
23 Zoologist $132,555.12 $176,885
24 Financial Institution Examiner $132,074.44 $277,813
25 Computer Scientist $131,655.61 $215,181
26 Actuarial Scientist $130,941.09 $189,600
27 Aerospace Engineer $130,800.92 $189,600
28 General Engineer $130,634.23 $243,500
29 Health System Administrator $129,648.14 $202,870
30 Electronics Engineer $129,285.84 $189,600
31 Foreign Affairs Personnel $128,970.17 $210,700
32 Medical Officer $128,799.55 $1,004,775
33 Cryptanalyst $128,727.30 $164,200
34 Computer Engineer $128,687.57 $189,600
35 International Cooperation Personnel $128,371.42 $164,200
36 Naval Architect $127,357.64 $164,200
37 Education Researcher $127,320.57 $189,600
38 Mediator $126,283.22 $174,500
39 Transportation Industry Analyst $125,826.03 $172,766
40 Toxicologist $125,754.86 $250,000
41 Document Analyst $124,979.75 $164,200
42 Economist $124,485.25 $273,400
43 Employee Benefits Lawyer $124,418.27 $189,600
44 Foreign Agricultural Affairs Personnel $124,235.39 $189,600
45 Air Traffic Controller $123,945.73 $189,600
46 Operations Researcher $123,415.09 $241,171
47 Plant Physiologist $123,406.62 $210,700
48 General Physical Scientist $123,334.54 $252,886
49 Oceanographer $123,121.44 $189,600
50 Materials Engineer $122,740.19 $174,500
51 Patent Examiner $122,624.31 $164,200
52 Fire Protection Engineer $122,588.82 $164,200
53 International Relations Personnel $122,502.86 $189,600
54 Mathematical Statistician $122,374.77 $273,089
55 Air Safety Investigator $122,367.10 $164,200
56 Health Physicist $122,219.59 $174,500
57 Pharmacist $121,623.44 $225,000
58 Marine Survey Technician $120,820.03 $164,200
59 Geodesist $119,547.69 $169,551
60 Food Technologist $119,521.98 $166,355
61 Aviation Safety Personnel $119,328.65 $189,600
62 Chemical Engineer $119,233.38 $164,200
63 Geophysicist $118,935.28 $189,600
64 Industrial Specialist $118,929.45 $189,600
65 Navigational Information Personnel $118,598.83 $189,600
66 Sociologist $118,569.18 $164,200
67 Clothing Designer $118,220.67 $132,917
68 Insurance Examiner $117,970.21 $164,200
69 Chemist $117,699.32 $275,000
70 Accountant $117,524.37 $274,050
71 Civil Rights Analyst $116,665.27 $164,200
72 Health Insurance Administrator $116,482.78 $164,200
73 Trade Specialist $116,482.17 $164,200
74 Electrical Engineer $116,323.04 $210,700
75 Plant Pathologist $115,531.88 $210,700
76 Environmental Engineer $115,164.77 $206,525
77 Dental Officer $115,033.16 $358,201
78 Education Programmer $114,947.57 $164,200
79 Labor-Management Relations Examiner $114,881.62 $164,200
80 Design Patent Examier $114,734.39 $164,200
81 Animal Scientist $114,726.46 $164,200
82 Architect $114,064.80 $203,561
83 Forest Products Technology Personnel $113,970.36 $157,663
84 Environmental Protection Specialist $113,815.17 $185,548
85 Auditor $113,752.35 $273,400
86 Intaglio Press Operator $113,689.59 $157,443
87 Information Technology Manager $113,567.94 $273,400
88 Geneticist $113,081.77 $273,156
89 Mechanical Engineer $112,942.46 $189,600
90 Physiologist $112,567.58 $250,903
91 Microbiologist $111,639.87 $265,302
92 Podiatrist $111,465.05 $174,500
93 Public Health Educator $110,930.98 $164,200
94 Workforce Development Personnel $110,739.44 $187,772
95 Petroleum Engineer $110,622.75 $200,599
96 Highway Safety Personnel $110,442.23 $164,200
97 Aircraft Operator $110,318.71 $188,247
98 Letterpress Operator $110,316.55 $148,657
99 Aircrew Technician $109,596.00 $109,596
100 Workforce Researcher and Analyst $109,503.56 $161,746

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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