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25 Highest Annual Salaries in Government

25 Highest Annual Salaries in Government

Searching for a high paying government job? Make sure you're looking in the right places.

Kyle Stone | Associate Editor, GovCentral (Source: OPM)
















6) Computer Scientist – $90,929

Significant Points:
• Computer scientists work as theorists, researchers, or inventors. Their jobs are distinguished by the higher level of theoretical expertise and innovation they apply to complex problems and the creation or application of new technology.
• With the Internet and electronic business generating large volumes of data, there is a growing need to be able to store, manage, and extract data effectively. Database administrators work with database management systems software and determine ways to organize and store data.

Departments with High Demand:
Department of the Navy
Department of the Army
Department of the Interior

Projected Growth: 37%

Employees Needed: 200,000

Average Education Level: Associates Degree or Higher

Internship Opportunities:
The National Security Agency offers a Summer Internship Program.

[Search for Computer Scientist Jobs by GS Series Number: 1550 ]


7) Chemist – $89,954

Significant Points:
• New chemists at all levels may experience competition for jobs, particularly in declining chemical manufacturing industries; graduates with a master’s degree, and particularly those with a Ph.D., will enjoy better opportunities at larger pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms.
• The use of computers to analyze complex data has allowed chemists and materials scientists to practice combinatorial chemistry.

Departments with High Demand:
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Homeland Security
Department of the Navy

Projected Growth: 8%

Employees Needed: 8,500

Average Education Level:

Internship Opportunities:
The Seaborg Institute in the Chemistry, Materials, Earth, and Life Sciences Directorate (CMELS) offers a Summer Internship Opportunity.


[Search for Chemistry Jobs by GS Series Number: 1320]


8) Criminal Investigator – $88,174

Significant Points:
• Work hours are often irregular, and the work can be dangerous.
• Applicants typically have related experience in areas such as law enforcement, insurance, the military, or government investigative or intelligence jobs.

Departments with High Demand:
Department of Justice
Environmental Protection Agency
Department of the Navy

Projected Growth: 18%

Employees Needed: 9,400

Average Education Level: College or Higher

Internship Opportunities:
The State of Maryland offers a Criminal Justice Internship Program.

[Search for Criminal Investigation Jobs by GS Series Number: 1811]


9) Microbiologist – $87,206

Significant Points:
• Most microbiologists specialize in environmental, food, agricultural, or industrial microbiology; virology (the study of viruses); immunology (the study of mechanisms that fight infections); or bioinformatics (the use of computers to handle or characterize biological information, usually at the molecular level).

Departments with High Demand:
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of the Army
Department of the Navy

Projected Growth: 9%

Employees Needed: 8,000

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Internship Opportunities:
The US National Arboretum offers a 6 Month Internship Program.

[Search for Economist Jobs by GS Series Number: 0403]


10) Architect – $85,690

Significant Points:
• Licensing requirements include a professional degree in architecture, at least 3 years of practical work training, and passing all divisions of the Architect Registration Examination.
• Besides employment growth, additional job openings will arise from the need to replace the many architects who are nearing retirement

Departments with High Demand:
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of the Army
Department of the Navy

Projected Growth: 18%

Employees Needed: 23,000

Education Level: In most States, the professional degree in architecture must be from one of the 114 schools of architecture that have degree programs accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board.

Internship Opportunities:
The Port Authority offers a Architecture Internship Program.

[Search for Architecture Jobs by GS Series Number: 0808]



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    karyn2010

    almost 4 years ago

    2 comments

    This information is very helpful. The field's projected growth and employee's needed will help people refine their job searches!

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    Jhoover1

    over 4 years ago

    20 comments

    Good Article

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    geochris

    almost 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I wouyld like to be a Criminal Investigator, I find that work exciting and interesting. I would like to be part of the process to keep this Country safe from harmful invaders and devious strategic manovers.

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    subham

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    i want to take agentship for government.

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    Account Removed

    about 5 years ago

    Anyone notice that Army/Navy/Marines/Air Force/Coast Guard are NOT on the list? Those in the lowest three pay grades in the Army qualify for welfare if they have kids. They have a full-time job for cripe's sake! A full-time, dangerous, undervalued job. Several pay grades up into managerial work, I made less than 50K in a year, including all the bonuses for being deployed and in harm's way. Are you kidding me? No wonder we rely on patriotism to man the forces. No one with any sense is in it for the money.

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    Blanche

    over 5 years ago

    10 comments

    Shocking results! I did not realize the pay scale for any of these positions.

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    feeleja

    almost 6 years ago

    60 comments

    awsome article thanks for posting it

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    gwhmail

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Public school teachers make very good. They have excellent retirement plans too & get educational reimbursement. Its the teachers aids that do most of the dirty work & get paid dirt too. A Chaplain can make more as he probably does more.

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    figman

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Just as JRoss questions the government librarian making more than border guards (as rimmer1204 states), I question a government Chaplain making more than a public school teacher.

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    sweetides

    almost 6 years ago

    154 comments

    This is one of the best articles but I'd like to see a list of the top 25 non-BA jobs!!!!!!!

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    McConnell

    about 6 years ago

    354 comments

    Believe it or not, these 25 jobs have actually changed quite a bit from what they work a year ago.

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    Chris_Cosgriff

    about 6 years ago

    16 comments

    Were any of these jobs surprising?

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    taprilgreen

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I have to agree that the pay scale for certain job describitions/duties are questionable in this country. For an example; A nurse's salary is only 22 out of the top 25! It really questions our nation's out look on human life and it's value. And mind you, this is a government website!! What about nation-wide?? Nurses in general have poor salaries. This may be a reason there is a nursing shortage through out the country. The general population are oblivious to how poorly and unfairly the healthcare providers/care givers are treated. It is not recognized how dedicated these health professionals are and what they risk every day for themselves as well as others. What does human life mean to you?

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    rimmer1204

    over 6 years ago

    10 comments

    This IS a good source to use as a benchmark during a search. I have to agree with JRoss that it is amazing to see that border guards make less than govt. librarians. Why is it that all too often, those whose job duties are the most uncomfortable (or even dangerous) make so much less than those whose job duties comfortable? Of course, the required education level has a lot to do with it, but discomfort and danger should have their own salary gradient curve.

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    JRoss

    over 6 years ago

    36 comments

    Interesting - I never realized that government librarians made so much!!

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