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Civil Engineer - Federal Salaries of 2012

Pay Rates for "Civil Engineer"

How much does a Civil Engineer in the federal government get paid? $91,466.96* *Based on the 2012 average.
4,446 EMPLOYEES
$406.3M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Civil Engineer was the 64th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2012, with 4,446 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2012, the Federal Highway Administration hired the most employees titled Civil Engineering, with an average salary of $95,957.

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 1,052 $95,957.16
Forest Service 635 $76,436.94
Bureau of Reclamation 604 $87,688.38
Natural Resources Conservation Service 530 $81,994.43
Federal Aviation Administration 448 $100,396.06
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 138 $113,614.09
Indian Affairs 127 $91,240.31
Bureau of Land Management 98 $80,126.88
National Park Service 97 $90,579.92
Department of Energy 85 $99,268.45
Public Buildings Service 70 $105,319.56
Federal Emergency Management Agency 63 $100,670.86
Rural Housing Service 56 $83,532.61
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 49 $130,843.35
U.S. Coast Guard 45 $95,954.33
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 41 $89,283.05
Geological Survey 36 $74,255.22
Mine Safety and Health Administration 35 $81,867.80
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 26 $89,570.23
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 20 $83,929.25
Environmental Protection Agency 18 $108,726.80
National Institute of Standards and Technology 17 $129,518.76
Department of State 17 $130,455.71
Agricultural Research Service 17 $118,267.82
Economic Development Administration 14 $105,158.86
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 12 $106,767.50
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 10 $90,639.40
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 7 $78,460.57
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 6 $90,023.67
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 6 $115,364.50
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 5 $90,318.60
Agency for International Development 4 $129,527.25
Federal Railroad Administration 4 $127,986.25
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 4 $113,488.75
Indian Health Service 3 $85,735.00
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 3 $125,082.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 3 $84,757.67
National Science Foundation 3 $163,957.00
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 3 $126,061.33
Maritime Administration 3 $115,394.00
National Cemetery Administration 3 $102,642.33
National Protection and Programs Directorate 2 $87,652.00
Rural Utilities Service 2 $102,882.00
Federal Bureau of Investigation 2 $82,499.00
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 2 $115,742.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 2 $81,716.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 2 $94,035.50
Veterans Health Administration 2 $88,107.50
Presidio Trust 2 $112,966.50
U.S. Secret Service 2 $124,494.50
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $86,489.00
U.S. Mint 1 $109,722.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 1 $126,251.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 1 $63,665.00
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 1 $89,198.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $107,839.00
Food and Drug Administration 1 $89,033.00
National Institutes of Health 1 $138,771.00
Departmental Administration 1 $136,771.00
Employment and Training Administration 1 $115,892.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 1 $126,251.00

Civil Engineer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Civil Engineer is $91,466.96. The highest paid Civil Engineer made $179,700 in 2012.

Common Civil Engineer Payscales

Payscale Number of Civil Engineering Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,845
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 445
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 66
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 28
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 26
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 9
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 6
NN - Nnsa Engineering And Scientific 5
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 5
ES - Senior Executive Service 3
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 3
SN - Senior Level System 1
EG - Consultant (other) 1
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 1
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 1
ST - Scientific And Professional 1

Starting Paygrade: $32,716.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $138,572.00 / 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
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 2017

In 2004, the average pay for a Civil Engineer was $77,359. Since then, the average pay has increased to $97,656 in 2017.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0810.

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