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Civil Engineer - Federal Salaries of 2011

Pay Rates for "Civil Engineer"

How much does a Civil Engineer in the federal government get paid? $91,072.18* *Based on the 2011 average.

Civil Engineer was the 65th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2011, with 4,494 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2011, the Federal Highway Administration hired the most employees titled Civil Engineering, with an average salary of $95,041.

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 1,072 $95,041.26
Forest Service 664 $76,222.54
Bureau of Reclamation 607 $87,777.61
Natural Resources Conservation Service 536 $82,093.61
Federal Aviation Administration 404 $101,901.96
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 139 $112,132.41
Indian Affairs 127 $91,786.66
Bureau of Land Management 96 $80,076.11
National Park Service 96 $90,911.48
Department of Energy 82 $100,607.35
Public Buildings Service 73 $102,449.21
Federal Emergency Management Agency 67 $98,380.99
Rural Housing Service 58 $82,780.74
U.S. Coast Guard 50 $95,505.62
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 49 $127,438.29
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 46 $87,624.02
Geological Survey 36 $72,510.53
Mine Safety and Health Administration 34 $80,654.41
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 25 $84,959.40
Environmental Protection Agency 22 $113,931.19
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 20 $84,828.75
Agricultural Research Service 20 $114,661.05
Department of State 18 $131,437.28
National Institute of Standards and Technology 17 $132,380.06
Economic Development Administration 16 $100,128.38
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 12 $88,723.17
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 11 $107,812.27
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation., & Enforcement 9 $85,654.33
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 6 $95,195.17
U.S. Agency for International Development 6 $124,003.33
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 6 $113,442.83
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 5 $92,681.40
U.S. Secret Service 4 $119,344.25
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 4 $112,078.00
National Science Foundation 4 $161,967.75
Federal Railroad Administration 4 $124,504.75
National Cemetery Administration 4 $90,607.50
Indian Health Service 4 $82,395.25
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 3 $115,742.00
Customs and Border Protection 3 $119,689.33
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 3 $81,266.67
National Protection and Programs Directorate 3 $95,190.67
Maritime Administration 3 $112,757.67
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 3 $125,234.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 2 $79,854.50
Veterans Health Administration 2 $84,210.50
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 2 $61,612.00
Federal Bureau of Investigation 2 $77,379.50
National Institutes of Health 2 $94,473.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $72,983.00
U.S. Mint 1 $108,497.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 1 $110,857.00
Millennium Challenge Corporation 1 $106,080.00
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 1 $87,263.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $103,872.00
Departmental Administration 1 $141,671.00
Rural Utilities Service 1 $114,174.00
Employment and Training Administration 1 $116,392.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 1 $125,244.00
Presidio Trust 1 $132,850.00
Food and Drug Administration 1 $81,823.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 1 $126,251.00

Civil Engineer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Civil Engineer is $91,072.18. The highest paid Civil Engineer made $179,700 in 2011.

Common Civil Engineer Payscales

Payscale Number of Civil Engineering Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,920
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 401
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 66
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 36
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 27
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 11
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 8
NN - Nnsa Engineering And Scientific 5
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 4
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 3
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 3
ES - Senior Executive Service 3
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 2
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 1
ST - Scientific And Professional 1
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
EG - Consultant (other) 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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