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Civil Engineer - Federal Salaries of 2013

Pay Rates for "Civil Engineer"

How much does a Civil Engineer in the federal government get paid? $91,973.00* *Based on the 2013 average.

Civil Engineer was the 63rd most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2013, with 4,332 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2013, the Federal Highway Administration hired the most employees titled Civil Engineering, with an average salary of $96,452.

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 1,030 $96,452.11
Forest Service 602 $77,467.10
Bureau of Reclamation 599 $87,942.76
Natural Resources Conservation Service 514 $82,576.17
Federal Aviation Administration 441 $100,737.32
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 131 $114,418.53
Indian Affairs 122 $90,441.50
Bureau of Land Management 97 $80,330.15
National Park Service 87 $92,272.83
Department of Energy 85 $100,034.16
Public Buildings Service 69 $104,568.67
Federal Emergency Management Agency 61 $99,915.57
Rural Housing Service 51 $82,992.37
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 44 $129,767.91
U.S. Coast Guard 44 $96,554.32
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 39 $89,175.08
Mine Safety and Health Administration 35 $84,888.80
Geological Survey 33 $75,288.03
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 31 $90,025.94
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 20 $84,869.00
Environmental Protection Agency 18 $109,498.38
National Institute of Standards and Technology 18 $123,193.50
Department of State 17 $129,338.76
Agricultural Research Service 16 $119,350.31
Economic Development Administration 13 $100,894.46
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 13 $108,794.92
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 10 $86,825.60
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 7 $100,607.29
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 7 $94,462.14
Veterans Health Administration 7 $79,013.00
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 5 $120,007.20
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 5 $93,904.20
Federal Railroad Administration 5 $125,295.20
Maritime Administration 4 $113,502.25
Indian Health Service 3 $87,469.33
National Protection and Programs Directorate 3 $100,900.00
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 3 $117,373.67
National Science Foundation 3 $163,957.00
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 3 $126,674.00
National Cemetery Administration 3 $90,486.33
Federal Bureau of Investigation 2 $87,620.50
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 2 $100,953.50
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 2 $83,053.50
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 2 $115,742.00
Rural Utilities Service 2 $103,866.00
U.S. Secret Service 2 $122,744.50
Food and Drug Administration 2 $89,759.50
Presidio Trust 2 $113,466.50
Goddard Space Flight Center 2 $102,382.00
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 2 $100,950.50
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 2 $84,550.50
U.S. Mint 1 $106,597.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $102,204.00
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 1 $78,686.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 1 $65,719.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 1 $126,501.00
Employment and Training Administration 1 $115,742.00
U.S. Agency for International Development 1 $148,510.00
Customs and Border Protection 1 $133,264.00
National Institutes of Health 1 $136,771.00
Office of Mission Assurance 1 $144,385.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 1 $126,251.00
Departmental Administration 1 $136,771.00

Civil Engineer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Civil Engineer is $91,973.00. The highest paid Civil Engineer made $179,700 in 2013.

Common Civil Engineer Payscales

Payscale Number of Civil Engineering Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,751
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 438
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 61
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 30
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 19
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 9
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 6
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 5
NN - Nnsa Engineering And Scientific 4
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 3
ES - Senior Executive Service 2
ST - Scientific And Professional 1
EG - Consultant (other) 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
EI - Advisory Committee Member (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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