17K Federal Employees Made $200K Last Year: Report

By Alex Johnston
Alex Johnston
Alex Johnston
February 24, 2015 Updated: July 18, 2015

Nearly 17,000 federal government employees made more than $200,000 last year, according to a report on Tuesday.

The National Journal took compiled data from FedSmith.com, showing the breakdown of the 16,900 federal workers who were paid $200,000 as a base salary. Only about 1.6 of all federal employees on the list took home that much, the report notes.

The report states: “Most of the high earners worked as medical officers at the Veterans Affairs Department. Other agencies that require a highly specialized workforce paid several employees at least $200,000; these included the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, and the Securities and Exchange Commission.”

In 2013, about 15,000 federal employees made that much money. The 2014 figure of 16,900 represents a 13 percent increase.

“The number of workers surpassing that income level is likely to be higher than 17,000 since information for Defense Department employees is not included. It also does not contain incomes for White House employees. The overall incomes for the high-earning workers are likely to be larger as well, as the database does not track bonus pay,” says the Daily Caller.

In narrowing it down, two VA doctors made more than $400,000 in 2014. One was located in Palo Alto, Calif., and the other was in Pittsburgh, Pa. More than 1,700 federal employees made $300,000 or more.