Which feds make the most money?

Tuesday - 5/3/2011, 1:50pm EDT

By Suzanne Kubota
Senior Internet Editor

Doctors, lawyers, and dentists top the list of the highest paid feds in government.

USA Today analyzed federal workforce data from the Office of Personnel Management. They found feds who make more than $180,000 a year account for less than one percent of the workforce.

Doctors make up eight out of 10 of those top-salaried jobs. Attorneys accounted for 6 percent, followed by dentists, with almost 3 percent, and financial institution examiners, with nearly 2 percent.

The data used do not cover the White House, the federal judiciary, most employees of the legislative branch, federal contractors or some agencies, such as the CIA and National Security Agency, said the paper.

Top ten federal agencies and occupations with employees with annualized salaries of $180,000 or more in September 2010

AgencyOccupation Jobs $180,000 or over
Veterans Health Admin. (VHA)Medical officer (doctor)12,708
SECGeneral attorney598
NIHMedical officer (doctor)579
FDAMedical officer (doctor)426
VHADental officer425
Indian Health ServiceMedical officer (doctor)303
Office of the Comptroller of the CurrencyFinancial institution examining 238
FDICGeneral attorney232
U.S. Army Medical CommandMedical officer (doctor)187

For the rest of the chart, see USAToday's Chart: High-paying government jobs

For more on this topic, see Keyword: Pay Debate.

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