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Civil Engineer - Federal Salaries of 2010

Pay Rates for "Civil Engineer"

How much does a Civil Engineer in the federal government get paid? $91,139.96* *Based on the 2010 average.

Civil Engineer was the 66th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2010, with 4,471 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2010, the Federal Highway Administration hired the most employees titled Civil Engineering, with an average salary of $95,134.

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 1,092 $95,133.88
Forest Service 672 $76,437.84
Bureau of Reclamation 570 $88,293.09
Natural Resources Conservation Service 542 $81,329.30
Federal Aviation Administration 404 $103,120.20
Department of Energy 223 $109,733.90
Indian Affairs 134 $90,065.92
Bureau of Land Management 102 $79,510.71
National Park Service 97 $89,664.47
Public Buildings Service 64 $102,534.59
Rural Housing Service 63 $81,594.41
Federal Emergency Management Agency 58 $99,387.05
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 47 $126,874.74
U.S. Coast Guard 46 $95,558.59
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 45 $87,848.96
Mine Safety and Health Administration 34 $80,748.03
Geological Survey 28 $73,316.29
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 23 $92,698.86
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 20 $82,904.20
Agricultural Research Service 20 $112,144.20
Department of State 19 $131,875.53
Economic Development Administration 19 $96,402.16
Environmental Protection Agency 19 $109,901.46
National Institute of Standards and Technology 17 $131,336.53
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 15 $87,762.20
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 11 $104,974.00
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation., & Enforcement 8 $88,111.50
Indian Health Service 7 $80,608.29
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 5 $117,521.20
Federal Railroad Administration 5 $128,001.80
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 5 $90,494.80
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 5 $88,932.80
National Cemetery Administration 5 $78,622.20
National Science Foundation 4 $162,092.75
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 4 $128,578.75
U.S. Agency for International Development 4 $125,866.00
U.S. Secret Service 4 $116,689.75
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 3 $114,403.33
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 3 $115,742.00
Maritime Administration 3 $110,689.67
Federal Bureau of Investigation 2 $77,008.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 2 $105,115.00
Millennium Challenge Corporation 2 $90,000.00
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 2 $98,701.50
National Institutes of Health 2 $94,473.00
U.S. Mint 1 $106,909.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 1 $111,407.00
Veterans Health Administration 1 $87,278.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 1 $124,544.00
Departmental Administration 1 $135,764.00
Rural Utilities Service 1 $108,717.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $115,742.00
Presidio Trust 1 $132,850.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 1 $98,187.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 1 $125,594.00
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 1 $75,917.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 1 $84,522.00

Civil Engineer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Civil Engineer is $91,139.96. The highest paid Civil Engineer made $179,700 in 2010.

Common Civil Engineer Payscales

Payscale Number of Civil Engineering Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,885
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 401
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 65
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 55
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 27
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 8
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 7
NN - Nnsa Engineering And Scientific 5
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 4
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 3
ES - Senior Executive Service 3
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 2
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 1
ST - Scientific And Professional 1
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
EG - Consultant (other) 1
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 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

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The series code of this occupation is 0810.

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