Top 10 Highest Paid Feds – 1 Is Well-Known

July 21, 2020 2:36 PM
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President Trump makes $400,000 per year, although he has donated his salary to various government organizations. A U.S. Senator or Representative receives $174,000 per year.

As noted in the GS Pay Calculator, federal employee salaries are generally capped at level IV of the Executive Schedule (EX-IV) (currently $170,800). However, that is not the case for all federal employees.

FedSmith provides a searchable database of individual federal employee salaries. While most salaries are public information, some are withheld.

We have compiled a list of the highest-paid federal employees in our current database. There is a separate searchable database for Postal Service employees. This list of highest-paid federal employees does not include information from the Postal Service database. (See How to Find a Federal Employee’s Salary)

While the American public often views the federal government’s workforce as one entity with the same salary schedule, most federal employees are probably aware that there are a variety of pay schedules used in other areas of the government.

This system of multiple schedules exists for a variety of reasons. The multiplicity of pay systems results in some federal employees making more than the President of the United States. This is most likely why all members of this list are employees by the Department of Health & Human Services as medical officers.

Top 10 Highest-Paid Federal Employees

In looking at the list of the top ten highest-paid federal employees, most are relatively unknown outside of their employing agency.

The number one person on the list has become well-known in the past few months after multiple appearances with President Trump, various news interviews, articles about his life (including several articles about his role on a high school basketball team). He was apparently known to many of his classmates as “Fauch” in his high school days.

Here is the list of the top 10 highest paid federal employees:

NameAgencyOccupationLocationSalary
FAUCI,ANTHONY SHHSMEDICAL OFFICERBETHESDA417608.00
GIBBONS,GARY HHHSMEDICAL OFFICERBETHESDA406095.00
YORK,JOHN HHHSMEDICAL OFFICERGALLUP400000.00
WYLIE,ROBERT JHHSMEDICAL OFFICERWHITE RIVER400000.00
HUSSAIN,SHABBARHHSMEDICAL OFFICERGALLUP389608.00
LUCERO,EDWARD MHHSMEDICAL OFFICERPHOENIX389608.00
FABIAN,DEBORAH RHHSMEDICAL OFFICERGALLUP374900.00
TABAK,LAWRENCE AHHSDENTAL OFFICERBETHESDA374320.00
GEARHART,MICHAEL LHHSMEDICAL OFFICERLAWTON373578.00
NIX,MICAH DHHSMEDICAL OFFICERCLAREMORE370270.00

Dr. Fauci is, of course, better known as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He was unknown to most Americans a few months ago but his role in trying to contain COVID-19 has made him a nationally known figure. Doctor Anthony Fauci has been the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984.

Our congratulations to all of the individuals on this list who have been so successful in their federal careers.

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About the Author

Ralph Smith has several decades of experience working with federal human resources issues. He has written extensively on a full range of human resources topics in books and newsletters and is a co-founder of two companies and several newsletters on federal human resources. Follow Ralph on Twitter: @RalphSmith47

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