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Top 100 Federal Occupations in 2019

This table shows the top 100 most well-paid occupations in the federal government in 2019, ranked by average pay. In 2019, the number one most well-paid job was "Securities Compliance Examining," with an average yearly pay of $194,447. The runner-up job, "Securities Compliance Examining," follows with an average of $194,447, which is a 0% decrease.

Rank Occupation Title Average Pay Highest Paid Individual
1 Securities Compliance Examiner $194,446.89 $246,900
2 Securities Compliance Examiner $194,446.89 $246,900
3 Administrative Law Judge $171,484.15 $189,242
4 Administrative Law Judge $171,484.15 $189,242
5 Patent Attorney $169,769.74 $192,300
6 Patent Attorney $169,769.74 $192,300
7 Patent Administrator $166,179.65 $192,300
8 Patent Administrator $166,179.65 $192,300
9 Technical Systems Program Manager $159,385.17 $192,300
10 Technical Systems Program Manager $159,385.17 $192,300
11 $158,471.82 $213,600
12 $158,471.82 $213,600
13 Chief Engineer $156,528.17 $170,710
14 Chief Engineer $156,528.17 $170,710
15 General Mathematican/Statistician $153,072.76 $246,900
16 General Mathematican/Statistician $153,072.76 $246,900
17 Metallurgist $150,896.82 $192,300
18 Metallurgist $150,896.82 $192,300
19 Program Manager $147,691.39 $331,175
20 Program Manager $147,691.39 $331,175
21 Patent Classifying $146,973.74 $166,500
22 Patent Classifying $146,973.74 $166,500
23 Astronomy and Space Scientist $146,036.83 $190,562
24 Astronomy and Space Scientist $146,036.83 $190,562
25 General Attorney $144,538.61 $283,700
26 General Attorney $144,538.61 $283,700
27 Financial Analyst $144,337.34 $278,275
28 Financial Analyst $144,337.34 $278,275
29 Physicist $142,473.29 $275,000
30 Physicist $142,473.29 $275,000
31 Mathematician $141,411.38 $263,788
32 Mathematician $141,411.38 $263,788
33 Financial Manager $139,880.12 $268,391
34 Financial Manager $139,880.12 $268,391
35 Fish and Wildlife Administrator $139,059.29 $192,300
36 Fish and Wildlife Administrator $139,059.29 $192,300
37 Patent Adviser $137,092.38 $166,500
38 Patent Adviser $137,092.38 $166,500
39 Pharmacologist $136,330.94 $313,756
40 Pharmacologist $136,330.94 $313,756
41 Financial Institution Examiner $135,589.39 $283,567
42 Financial Institution Examiner $135,589.39 $283,567
43 Health System Administrator $135,468.19 $205,800
44 Health System Administrator $135,468.19 $205,800
45 Computer Scientist $134,235.46 $220,717
46 Computer Scientist $134,235.46 $220,717
47 Education Researcher $133,694.35 $166,500
48 Education Researcher $133,694.35 $166,500
49 Actuarial Scientist $133,290.67 $192,300
50 Actuarial Scientist $133,290.67 $192,300
51 Aerospace Engineer $132,638.38 $192,300
52 Aerospace Engineer $132,638.38 $192,300
53 Foreign Affairs Personnel $132,052.83 $213,600
54 Foreign Affairs Personnel $132,052.83 $213,600
55 Electronics Engineer $131,841.34 $192,300
56 Electronics Engineer $131,841.34 $192,300
57 General Engineer $131,007.96 $246,900
58 General Engineer $131,007.96 $246,900
59 Medical Officer $130,575.42 $417,608
60 Medical Officer $130,575.42 $417,608
61 Computer Engineer $130,530.67 $192,300
62 Computer Engineer $130,530.67 $192,300
63 Naval Architect $130,077.12 $166,500
64 Naval Architect $130,077.12 $166,500
65 Transportation Industry Analyst $129,794.30 $182,473
66 Transportation Industry Analyst $129,794.30 $182,473
67 Air Safety Investigator $129,605.86 $166,500
68 Air Safety Investigator $129,605.86 $166,500
69 Cryptanalyst $129,413.82 $166,500
70 Cryptanalyst $129,413.82 $166,500
71 Document Analyst $129,373.85 $166,500
72 Document Analyst $129,373.85 $166,500
73 Air Traffic Controller $129,131.29 $192,300
74 Air Traffic Controller $129,131.29 $192,300
75 Zoologist $128,597.67 $178,831
76 Zoologist $128,597.67 $178,831
77 Mediator $128,028.46 $176,900
78 Mediator $128,028.46 $176,900
79 Economist $127,924.32 $282,500
80 Economist $127,924.32 $282,500
81 Employee Benefits Lawyer $127,163.68 $192,300
82 Employee Benefits Lawyer $127,163.68 $192,300
83 International Cooperation Personnel $126,887.76 $166,500
84 International Cooperation Personnel $126,887.76 $166,500
85 Operations Researcher $126,797.08 $250,000
86 Operations Researcher $126,797.08 $250,000
87 International Relations Personnel $126,127.05 $192,300
88 International Relations Personnel $126,127.05 $192,300
89 Fire Protection Engineer $126,086.84 $166,500
90 Fire Protection Engineer $126,086.84 $166,500
91 Patent Examiner $125,981.37 $166,500
92 Patent Examiner $125,981.37 $166,500
93 Plant Physiologist $125,975.32 $210,700
94 Plant Physiologist $125,975.32 $210,700
95 Mathematical Statistician $125,810.71 $249,829
96 Mathematical Statistician $125,810.71 $249,829
97 General Physical Scientist $125,778.61 $263,962
98 General Physical Scientist $125,778.61 $263,962
99 Oceanographer $125,604.45 $192,300
100 Oceanographer $125,604.45 $192,300

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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