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5 Federal Government Roles Offering $200K+ Salaries

While job security often draws individuals to government positions, the allure of substantial remuneration further sweetens the deal.
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These Government Jobs Are Lucrative

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In the domain of federal employment, lucrative opportunities abound, defying common misconceptions. Beyond job security, which traditionally attracts individuals to government positions, there exists substantial remuneration. Contrary to popular belief, numerous roles within the public sector offer salaries exceeding the $200,000 threshold.  A recent debate on social media kickstarted by a viral video posted by @thatssoobrandon revealed that GenZ and millennials are now going old school as they look for stable government jobs amid the layoff waves.  Here are five exemplary federal roles renowned for their generous compensation packages, providing a blend of financial security and rewarding career prospects.

1. Medical

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For those in the medical profession, federal employment can be particularly rewarding. These positions can be found in various agencies and departments, including but not limited to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Indian Health Service (IHS). Positions such as medical officers, specialized physicians, dentists, pharmacists, and nurses fall within this category. Some medical officers even command salaries exceeding $300,000. An oncologist position, for instance, is currently listed at a jaw-dropping $400,000 annually.

2. Legal 

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With over 3,000 attorneys earning between $200,000 and $299,999, the federal legal landscape is full of opportunities. These roles can be found across various agencies and departments, including the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and many others. Open listings on platforms like showcase a variety of positions, including general attorneys and circuit executives, with starting salaries scaling up to $243,300.

3. Financial Institution Examining

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Financial institution examination involves the oversight and regulation of financial institutions to ensure compliance with laws and regulations, financial stability, and protect consumers and investors. Examiners typically work for government agencies such as the Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), or state banking departments. With salaries nearing the $300,000 mark, these positions offer various perks and benefits.

4. IT management

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An IT specialist manages and supports information technology (IT) systems and government infrastructure. These specialists work across various federal agencies and departments, such as the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, and many others. Nearly 1,000 individuals in these roles command salaries surpassing $200,000. Positions like the director of workforce collaboration at NASA showcase the potential for six-figure salaries, with starting pay exceeding $205,000.

5. General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences

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From biologists to fire management specialists, roles in natural resources management and biological sciences encompass various positions. These positions involve working within government agencies at the federal level to manage and protect natural resources and ecosystems. With roles and responsibilities across agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and others, the earnings generally exceed $200,000.