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Civil Engineer - Federal Salaries of 2014

Pay Rates for "Civil Engineer"

How much does a Civil Engineer in the federal government get paid? $93,484.45* *Based on the 2014 average.

Civil Engineer was the 88th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2014, with 4,204 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2014, the Federal Highway Administration hired the most employees titled Civil Engineering, with an average salary of $97,850.

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 1,020 $97,849.60
Forest Service 582 $78,571.94
Bureau of Reclamation 567 $89,156.46
Natural Resources Conservation Service 494 $84,038.54
Federal Aviation Administration 447 $101,970.70
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 132 $116,632.48
Indian Affairs 121 $92,017.96
Department of Energy 86 $100,612.10
Bureau of Land Management 84 $83,066.85
National Park Service 73 $94,277.81
Public Buildings Service 62 $107,718.08
Federal Emergency Management Agency 55 $102,628.67
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 54 $127,892.37
Rural Housing Service 53 $84,835.53
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 38 $89,817.03
U.S. Coast Guard 37 $96,249.78
Geological Survey 35 $74,054.94
Mine Safety and Health Administration 35 $85,777.34
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 27 $95,919.44
National Institute of Standards and Technology 23 $119,319.30
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 18 $83,302.67
Department of State 16 $133,399.19
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 13 $98,164.15
Agricultural Research Service 13 $121,005.54
Environmental Protection Agency 12 $110,223.20
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 11 $107,693.82
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 10 $88,189.30
Economic Development Administration 8 $101,561.00
Veterans Health Administration 7 $79,629.71
Indian Health Service 5 $81,221.20
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 5 $96,994.00
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 5 $122,249.80
Federal Railroad Administration 4 $133,197.00
Maritime Administration 4 $114,786.25
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 4 $92,967.75
U.S. Secret Service 3 $120,928.67
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 3 $118,938.00
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 3 $119,598.67
National Science Foundation 3 $165,929.33
National Protection and Programs Directorate 2 $105,129.50
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 2 $105,358.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 2 $88,304.00
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 2 $116,901.00
National Cemetery Administration 2 $89,816.50
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 2 $103,913.00
Food and Drug Administration 2 $93,533.50
Presidio Trust 2 $124,253.50
Federal Bureau of Investigation 2 $95,566.00
National Institutes of Health 1 $138,136.00
Office of Mission Assurance 1 $145,827.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 1 $127,512.00
U.S. Agency for International Development 1 $149,993.00
Rural Utilities Service 1 $95,919.00
Departmental Administration 1 $138,136.00
U.S. Mint 1 $108,097.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 1 $90,798.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $106,666.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $117,568.00
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 1 $86,664.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 1 $68,451.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 1 $131,803.00
Customs and Border Protection 1 $138,136.00

Civil Engineer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Civil Engineer is $93,484.45. The highest paid Civil Engineer made $181,500 in 2014.

Common Civil Engineer Payscales

Payscale Number of Civil Engineering Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,613
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 444
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 68
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 33
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 16
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 8
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 5
NN - Nnsa Engineering And Scientific 4
ES - Senior Executive Service 3
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 3
EG - Consultant (other) 2
ST - Scientific And Professional 1
EN - Nat Nuclear Security Admin Exc Srvc Only 1
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 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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