Aerospace Engineer - Federal Salaries of 2020
Pay Rates for "Aerospace Engineer"How much does an Aerospace Engineer in the federal government get paid? $134,909.19* *Based on the 2020 average.
Aerospace Engineer was the 57th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2020, with 5,278 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.
In 2020, the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center hired the most employees titled Aerospace Engineering, with an average salary of $142,029.
Government Aerospace Engineering jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Aerospace Engineering job is GS-6, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is GS-15. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions fall under this job category. Due to the growing focus of them STEM fields, individuals in this job category tend to advance more quickly than employees in the other job categories. Jobs in this category are being added quickly and many organizations have trouble finding qualified individuals. Individuals in this job category typically recieve pormotions of 2 grade increases at a time until they reach GS-12.
Agencies that have hired an Aerospace Engineer
|Agency||Employees Hired||Average Salary|
|Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center||1,009||$142,028.64|
|George C. Marshall Space Flight Center||960||$125,784.13|
|Federal Aviation Administration||805||$139,819.93|
|Goddard Space Flight Center||697||$143,888.59|
|Langley Research Center||547||$127,558.70|
|John F. Kennedy Space Center||424||$120,935.73|
|John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field||380||$127,786.18|
|Ames Research Center||227||$151,861.75|
|Dryden Flight Research Center||143||$134,369.87|
|John C. Stennis Space Center||30||$111,202.60|
|National Transportation Safety Board||22||$147,819.86|
|National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration||8||$129,831.38|
|Science and Technology Directorate||2||$137,027.00|
|Department of Energy||2||$163,352.00|
|Office of Secretary of Transportation||2||$136,658.50|
|Department of State||1||$107,153.00|
|Bureau of Industry and Security||1||$137,491.00|
|Customs and Border Protection||1||$137,491.00|
Aerospace Engineer Pay Distribution
The average pay for an Aerospace Engineer is $134,909.19. The highest paid Aerospace Engineer made $197,300 in 2020.
Common Aerospace Engineer Payscales
|Payscale||Number of Aerospace Engineering Employees|
|GS - General Schedule||4,397|
|FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan||784|
|ST - Scientific And Professional||29|
|ES - Senior Executive Service||18|
|FG - Similar To The General Schedule||16|
|SL - Senior Level Positions||8|
|AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified||6|
|ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109)||6|
|ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional||5|
|EV - Federal Aviation Administration Executive Compensation Plan||5|
|GM - Employees Covered By The Performance Management And Recognition System (pmrs) Termination Provisions||2|
|ET - Program Director Of The Advanced Research Projects Agency-engery||1|
|EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109)||1|
|Starting Paygrade:||$34,649.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1|
|Maximum Paygrade:||$146,757.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-15, Step 10|
|Category:||Professional and Scientific|
|Occupation Family:||0800 ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE GROUP|
Other Jobs at the GS-6 Paygrade
GS-6 is the starting paygrade for Aerospace Engineering jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the GS-6 paygrade.
|Occupation||Occupation Category||Starting Paygrade||Maximum Paygrade|
|Communications Clerical||Clerical and Administrative Support||GS-1||GS-9|
|Geography||Professional and Scientific||GS-6||GS-15|
|Physical Therapist||Professional and Scientific||GS-6||GS-15|
|Environmental Protection Specialist||Administrative and Management||GS-4||GS-15|
|Civil Rights Analysis||Administrative and Management||GS-4||GS-15|
Average Aerospace Engineering Pay Trend from 2004 to 2020
In 2004, the average pay for an Aerospace Engineer was $97,387. Since then, the average pay has increased to $134,909 in 2020.
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