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It pays to be a fed on the East Coast

The Office of Personnel Management has released the salary data of federal employees, commonly requested information that is broken down by geographic location, occupation and race.

The report shows that the three highest-paying agencies are the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, where average annual salaries as of September were $184,81, $145,430 and $130,076 respectively.

The government-wide average for federal employees was $85,284 in 2017, up from $83,072 in 2016.

Federal employees in the Washington, D.C. metro area topped the list for being the highest paid with D.C. employees at an average salary of $117,788, Maryland at $105,319, and Virginia at $94,887. Rhode Island and New Jersey followed the DMV at average salaries of $92,969 and $90,234 respectively. In fact, federal employees on the East Coast topped the list of higher-paid federal employees; California and Colorado were the only other Western states in the top 10.

Men had a higher average salary than women at $87,636 compared to $82,121, and Asian employees topped the list for the highest-paid race at $98,413, followed by whites at $88,654.

Read the full salary data report here.

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