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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)

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re looking for an internship, a job, or a higher salary. This time, we’re attempting to cover all three subjects at once.

Did you know that the 25 highest paying government jobs all pay over $50,000 per year? If not – or if you’d have trouble naming what these 25 jobs might be – this article should be useful, interesting, and entertaining. Below is a list of twenty-five of the most sought after federal jobs, ranked by the Office of Personnel Management as the highest paid jobs currently offered by the US Government (note: these are all major job fields. We did not include "President of the United States).

This article also contains useful information about how you can get an internship related to each job, which departments are hiring, and what level of education a typical hire has attained.

1) Astronomer – $116,072

2) Attorney – $114,240

3) Financial Manager – $101,022

4) General Engineer – $100,051

5) Economist – $94,098

6) Computer Scientist – $90,929

7) Chemist – $89,954

8) Criminal Investigator – $88,174

9) Microbiologist – $87,206

10) Architect – $85,690

11) Statistician – $81,524

12) Librarian – $78,665

13) Accountant – $78,030

14) Chaplain – $76,511

15) Ecologist – $76,511

16) Human Resources Manager – $76,503

17) Health and Safety Specialist – $73,003

18) Air Traffic Controller – $72,049

19) Budget Analyst – $71,267

20) Correctional Officer – $67,140

21) Nurse – $65,345

22) Technical Engineer – $63,951

23) Border Patrol Agent – $63,550

24) Medical Technician- $59,840

25) Customs Inspector – $59,248


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