Civil Engineer - Federal Salaries of 2008

Pay Rates for "Civil Engineer"

How much does a Civil Engineer in the federal government get paid? $88,583.29* *Based on the 2008 average.

Civil Engineer was the 69th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2008, with 4,078 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2008, the Federal Highway Administration hired the most employees titled Civil Engineering, with an average salary of $91,990.

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 1,005 $91,989.78
Forest Service 582 $74,585.05
Bureau of Reclamation 527 $87,384.58
Natural Resources Conservation Service 506 $79,066.20
Federal Aviation Administration 357 $100,429.04
Department of Energy 223 $104,591.23
Indian Affairs 134 $86,397.30
Bureau of Land Management 96 $75,111.13
National Park Service 75 $86,727.07
Public Buildings Service 68 $98,830.24
Rural Housing Service 56 $77,789.57
Federal Emergency Management Agency 54 $95,519.43
U.S. Coast Guard 46 $91,900.09
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 40 $117,708.35
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 39 $87,560.69
Mine Safety and Health Administration 34 $73,557.38
Veterans Health Administration 30 $87,080.00
Agricultural Research Service 18 $107,060.44
Geological Survey 18 $81,861.22
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 17 $83,478.94
Department of State 16 $125,082.31
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 14 $80,513.43
National Institute of Standards and Technology 13 $135,654.38
Environmental Protection Agency 12 $106,470.91
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 12 $103,267.25
Economic Development Administration 11 $98,442.09
Indian Health Service 8 $79,905.75
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation., & Enforcement 7 $81,249.29
National Science Foundation 6 $152,479.17
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 5 $101,478.40
U.S. Secret Service 4 $99,413.00
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 4 $113,187.25
Federal Railroad Administration 4 $123,679.00
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 4 $87,159.75
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 3 $106,932.00
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 3 $111,528.00
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 3 $102,106.67
National Cemetery Administration 2 $98,663.50
National Transportation Safety Board 2 $148,032.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 2 $78,784.50
Departmental Administration 2 $119,600.50
Rural Utilities Service 2 $98,423.50
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 2 $95,152.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 2 $116,706.50
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 1 $101,901.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $107,854.00
National Institutes of Health 1 $127,442.00
Federal Bureau of Investigation 1 $101,057.00
Office of Secretary of Labor 1 $105,088.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 1 $112,604.00
Presidio Trust 1 $125,679.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $98,900.00
Maritime Administration 1 $85,077.00
U.S. Mint 1 $101,498.00

Civil Engineer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Civil Engineer is $88,583.29. The highest paid Civil Engineer made $169,006 in 2008.

Common Civil Engineer Payscales

Payscale Number of Civil Engineering Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,537
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 347
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 82
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 53
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 24
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 10
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 7
NN - Nnsa Engineering And Scientific 4
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 4
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 4
ES - Senior Executive Service 3
SN - Senior Level System 1
ST - Scientific And Professional 1
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 1

Starting Paygrade: $33,567.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $142,180.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-15, Step 10
Category: Professional and Scientific

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
Industrial Property ManagementAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
ToxicologyProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Administrative OfficerAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Clerk-TypistClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Social Services Aid and AssistantTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9

Average Civil Engineering Pay Trend from 2004 to 2018

In 2004, the average pay for a Civil Engineer was $77,359. Since then, the average pay has increased to $97,735 in 2018.

Data Sources

The information provided on these pages is sourced from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI) dataset. Postal Service data is managed exclusively by the USPS . All information is displayed unmodified and as provided by the source agency.

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The series code of this occupation is 0810.

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