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Civil Engineer - Federal Salaries of 2009

Pay Rates for "Civil Engineer"

How much does a Civil Engineer in the federal government get paid? $90,283.96* *Based on the 2009 average.

Civil Engineer was the 67th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2009, with 4,255 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2009, the Federal Highway Administration hired the most employees titled Civil Engineering, with an average salary of $93,595.

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 1,045 $93,595.29
Forest Service 612 $75,879.50
Bureau of Reclamation 545 $88,049.50
Natural Resources Conservation Service 515 $81,691.83
Federal Aviation Administration 392 $100,501.23
Department of Energy 220 $108,857.92
Indian Affairs 135 $88,619.68
Bureau of Land Management 103 $76,615.26
National Park Service 90 $87,968.24
Public Buildings Service 65 $102,654.45
Rural Housing Service 58 $80,037.84
Federal Emergency Management Agency 52 $98,537.92
U.S. Coast Guard 48 $93,187.04
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 42 $125,314.31
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 41 $88,909.44
Mine Safety and Health Administration 34 $76,768.65
Veterans Health Administration 25 $93,316.20
Geological Survey 22 $79,664.55
Agricultural Research Service 19 $111,111.84
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 19 $82,515.84
Department of State 18 $128,727.56
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 16 $88,334.31
Economic Development Administration 15 $99,164.60
National Institute of Standards and Technology 15 $135,726.87
Environmental Protection Agency 14 $108,332.38
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 13 $102,445.54
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation., & Enforcement 8 $83,286.63
Indian Health Service 8 $84,056.63
National Cemetery Administration 6 $71,012.50
National Science Foundation 5 $155,298.40
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 5 $112,740.80
Federal Railroad Administration 4 $129,791.75
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 4 $94,752.00
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 4 $90,868.50
U.S. Secret Service 4 $112,174.50
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 3 $112,041.00
Departmental Administration 3 $118,702.67
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 3 $118,882.00
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 3 $107,548.33
National Transportation Safety Board 2 $152,237.50
Rural Utilities Service 2 $103,557.50
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 2 $95,671.50
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 2 $99,201.00
National Institutes of Health 2 $92,859.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $113,007.00
Federal Bureau of Investigation 1 $108,711.00
Office of Secretary of Labor 1 $113,007.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 1 $117,919.00
Presidio Trust 1 $127,434.00
U.S. Mint 1 $105,360.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 1 $108,304.00
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 1 $58,541.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $105,013.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 1 $79,809.00
Maritime Administration 1 $88,648.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 1 $120,044.00

Civil Engineer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Civil Engineer is $90,283.96. The highest paid Civil Engineer made $177,000 in 2009.

Common Civil Engineer Payscales

Payscale Number of Civil Engineering Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,684
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 390
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 66
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 58
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 27
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 7
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 6
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 4
ES - Senior Executive Service 3
NN - Nnsa Engineering And Scientific 3
EG - Consultant (other) 2
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 2
ST - Scientific And Professional 1
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 1
SN - Senior Level System 1

Starting Paygrade: $33,903.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $143,598.00 / 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
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 2019

In 2004, the average pay for a Civil Engineer was $77,359. Since then, the average pay has increased to $103,400 in 2019.

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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