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Top 100 Federal Occupations in 2020

This table shows the top 100 most well-paid occupations in the federal government in 2020, ranked by average pay. In 2020, the number one most well-paid job was "Medical Officer," with an average yearly pay of $251,055. The runner-up job, "Securities Compliance Examining," follows with an average of $199,912, which is a 20.37% decrease.

Rank Occupation Title Average Pay Highest Paid Individual
1 Medical Officer $251,055.46 $464,227
2 Securities Compliance Examiner $199,911.55 $253,300
3 Dental Officer $192,586.39 $389,293
4 Administrative Law Judge $178,224.08 $181,500
5 Patent Attorney $174,664.85 $197,300
6 $170,652.08 $219,200
7 Patent Administrator $170,328.14 $197,300
8 Technical Systems Program Manager $162,582.69 $197,300
9 Chief Engineer $161,062.25 $175,575
10 Program Manager $153,309.96 $318,830
11 Podiatrist $152,591.17 $283,038
12 Patent Classifying $152,172.76 $170,800
13 Astronomy and Space Scientist $150,578.88 $194,373
14 Metallurgist $150,113.85 $197,300
15 General Mathematican/Statistician $149,358.85 $253,300
16 Physicist $147,212.01 $251,762
17 General Attorney $146,901.79 $286,221
18 Financial Manager $145,321.88 $292,205
19 Mathematician $144,967.82 $270,300
20 Fish and Wildlife Administrator $144,619.72 $197,300
21 Patent Adviser $144,199.63 $170,800
22 Pharmacologist $143,745.25 $284,465
23 Financial Analyst $141,313.62 $273,400
24 Actuarial Scientist $138,561.00 $197,300
25 Health System Administrator $137,578.70 $213,600
26 Computer Scientist $136,476.07 $264,000
27 Financial Institution Examiner $136,417.63 $277,678
28 Aerospace Engineer $134,909.19 $197,300
29 Document Analyst $134,719.41 $170,800
30 Foreign Affairs Personnel $134,648.60 $219,200
31 Computer Engineer $134,501.69 $197,300
32 Electronics Engineer $134,133.83 $197,300
33 Air Safety Investigator $133,886.03 $170,800
34 Mediator $133,869.27 $181,500
35 Education Researcher $133,705.56 $170,800
36 Naval Architect $133,296.19 $170,800
37 General Engineer $132,871.73 $253,300
38 Air Traffic Controller $132,558.96 $197,300
39 Transportation Industry Analyst $131,932.42 $195,894
40 International Relations Personnel $131,811.02 $197,300
41 Employee Benefits Lawyer $131,168.78 $197,300
42 Zoologist $130,690.29 $180,798
43 Operations Researcher $130,516.27 $262,500
44 Oceanographer $130,399.78 $197,300
45 Patent Examiner $130,134.15 $170,800
46 Economist $129,870.05 $277,600
47 Pharmacist $129,665.00 $226,314
48 Fire Protection Engineer $129,259.11 $170,800
49 Foreign Agricultural Affairs Personnel $129,170.16 $196,531
50 Industrial Specialist $128,970.95 $196,440
51 Geodesist $128,887.82 $186,218
52 Mathematical Statistician $128,458.14 $283,921
53 Clothing Designer $128,157.00 $144,049
54 Toxicologist $127,858.77 $250,000
55 Materials Engineer $127,802.88 $188,066
56 Cryptanalyst $127,127.56 $170,800
57 General Physical Scientist $127,002.60 $260,000
58 $126,973.00 $126,973
59 Health Physicist $126,532.58 $182,243
60 Geophysicist $125,669.17 $197,300
61 Chemical Engineer $125,324.13 $240,581
62 Labor-Management Relations Examiner $125,193.89 $170,800
63 Aviation Safety Personnel $125,103.57 $197,300
64 Plant Physiologist $124,910.46 $197,300
65 Aircraft Operator $124,739.15 $197,300
66 Fingerprint Identifier $124,646.56 $157,709
67 Chemist $124,589.24 $274,880
68 Navigational Information Personnel $124,472.18 $197,300
69 Food Technologist $124,408.18 $183,064
70 Marine Survey Technician $123,918.95 $170,800
71 International Cooperation Personnel $123,828.08 $170,800
72 Health Insurance Administrator $123,679.60 $171,245
73 Accountant $122,584.75 $273,400
74 Trade Specialist $121,584.66 $170,800
75 Electrical Engineer $120,716.63 $230,160
76 Intaglio Press Operator $120,688.09 $166,689
77 Insurance Examiner $120,570.78 $161,730
78 Environmental Engineer $120,402.14 $190,835
79 Civil Rights Analyst $120,335.86 $181,048
80 Auditor $120,123.33 $273,400
81 Information Technology Manager $120,096.47 $277,678
82 Explosives Safety Personnel $119,645.17 $166,501
83 Architect $119,122.85 $218,044
84 Education Programmer $118,684.90 $203,500
85 Design Patent Examier $118,624.99 $170,800
86 Microbiologist $118,591.91 $270,299
87 Petroleum Engineer $118,165.37 $214,872
88 Forest Products Technology Personnel $118,148.47 $156,403
89 $118,050.80 $134,424
90 Physician Assistant $117,856.95 $170,800
91 Workforce Researcher and Analyst $117,839.79 $170,800
92 Tax Law Specialist $117,799.61 $170,800
93 Plant Pathologist $117,709.61 $197,300
94 Geneticist $117,513.32 $275,000
95 Electronic Integrated Systems Mechanic $117,166.96 $181,339
96 Animal Scientist $117,119.64 $170,800
97 Electrical Power Controller $117,018.84 $187,079
98 Optometrist $116,942.41 $190,493
99 Physiologist $116,904.19 $261,039
100 Letterpress Operator $116,618.27 $157,381

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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