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.
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.
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
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 Management||Administrative and Management||GS-4||GS-15|
|Wildlife Biology||Professional and Scientific||GS-6||GS-15|
|Administrative Officer||Administrative and Management||GS-4||GS-15|
|Equipment Operator||Clerical and Administrative Support||GS-1||GS-9|
|Intelligence||Administrative and Management||GS-4||GS-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.
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