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Civil Engineer - Federal Salaries of 2020

Pay Rates for "Civil Engineer"

How much does a Civil Engineer in the federal government get paid? $104,899.84* *Based on the 2020 average.
4,187 EMPLOYEES
$439.01M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Civil Engineer was the 67th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2020, with 4,187 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2020, the Federal Highway Administration hired the most employees titled Civil Engineering, with an average salary of $108,636.

Government Civil Engineering jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Civil 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.

Job Description

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 a Civil Engineer

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Federal Highway Administration 961 $108,635.53
Bureau of Reclamation 709 $111,321.08
Forest Service 540 $84,215.66
Natural Resources Conservation Service 429 $89,134.28
Federal Aviation Administration 426 $109,437.22
Federal Emergency Management Agency 132 $102,260.61
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 125 $131,613.81
Department of Energy 107 $121,543.32
Bureau of Land Management 100 $87,696.04
Indian Affairs 95 $109,241.91
National Park Service 83 $100,106.27
Rural Housing Service 66 $91,508.53
Public Buildings Service 54 $112,674.20
U.S. Coast Guard 34 $105,262.24
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 31 $105,647.77
Mine Safety and Health Administration 29 $104,681.66
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 26 $149,732.69
National Institute of Standards and Technology 26 $142,839.19
Geological Survey 25 $104,661.16
Economic Development Administration 24 $109,054.13
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 16 $102,328.00
Department of State 15 $146,702.40
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 15 $116,855.93
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 14 $128,267.86
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 12 $124,836.08
Agricultural Research Service 11 $143,042.18
Environmental Protection Agency 9 $116,391.75
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 7 $106,007.43
Veterans Health Administration 5 $87,439.60
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 4 $138,855.75
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 4 $90,569.75
Maritime Administration 4 $126,621.25
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 4 $146,390.75
Federal Railroad Administration 4 $135,328.50
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 3 $95,304.67
Office of Secretary of Transportation 3 $104,771.00
Indian Health Service 3 $109,245.33
National Protection and Programs Directorate 3 $125,881.67
U.S. Agency for International Development 2 $156,750.50
Goddard Space Flight Center 2 $118,064.00
National Cemetery Administration 2 $109,657.50
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 2 $123,197.50
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 2 $146,007.50
U.S. Secret Service 2 $131,425.50
Presidio Trust 1 $115,280.00
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 1 $120,000.00
Employment and Training Administration 1 $133,465.00
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 1 $112,930.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 1 $94,272.00
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1 $124,955.00
Ames Research Center 1 $133,546.00
National Science Foundation 1 $189,056.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 1 $116,700.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 1 $157,709.00
Federal Bureau of Investigation 1 $133,465.00
Departmental Administration 1 $157,709.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $112,930.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 1 $143,720.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $135,568.00
National Gallery of Art 1 $109,508.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $114,601.00

Civil Engineer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Civil Engineer is $104,899.84. The highest paid Civil Engineer made $197,300 in 2020.

Common Civil Engineer Payscales

Payscale Number of Civil Engineering Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,584
FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan 426
IC - Employees Holding Incident Management Cadre Of On-call Response/recovery Employees(core)positions 79
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 41
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 37
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 5
GM - Employees Covered By The Performance Management And Recognition System (pmrs) Termination Provisions 4
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109) 2
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 2
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 2
ES - Senior Executive Service 1
ST - Scientific And Professional 1
NN - Employees In The National Nuclear Security Administration's Engineering And Scientific Career Path 1
CG - Corporate Graded 1
SN - Senior Level System 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 Civil 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
Building ManagementAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Wildlife BiologyProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Administrative OfficerAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Equipment OperatorClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
IntelligenceAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15

Average Civil Engineering Pay Trend from 2004 to 2020

In 2004, the average pay for a Civil Engineer was $77,359. Since then, the average pay has increased to $104,900 in 2020.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0810.

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