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Civil Engineer - Federal Salaries of 2015

Pay Rates for "Civil Engineer"

How much does a Civil Engineer in the federal government get paid? $94,503.53* *Based on the 2015 average.

Civil Engineer was the 68th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2015, with 4,092 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2015, the Federal Highway Administration hired the most employees titled Civil Engineering, with an average salary of $99,740.

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 976 $99,739.79
Forest Service 574 $79,510.36
Bureau of Reclamation 560 $89,184.03
Natural Resources Conservation Service 472 $84,997.10
Federal Aviation Administration 447 $102,716.98
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 130 $119,021.08
Indian Affairs 119 $93,376.89
Bureau of Land Management 91 $83,306.95
Department of Energy 79 $100,428.61
National Park Service 74 $95,065.31
Federal Emergency Management Agency 57 $100,842.37
Rural Housing Service 53 $86,476.55
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 49 $132,502.90
Public Buildings Service 49 $109,673.43
U.S. Coast Guard 39 $96,021.95
Geological Survey 36 $78,138.92
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 36 $94,506.94
Mine Safety and Health Administration 36 $86,848.14
National Institute of Standards and Technology 23 $126,947.04
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 22 $97,618.45
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 19 $87,651.68
Environmental Protection Agency 16 $112,699.14
Economic Development Administration 14 $96,753.57
Agricultural Research Service 13 $123,374.62
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 12 $113,832.33
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 10 $112,048.20
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 8 $86,539.38
Office of Secretary of Transportation 8 $102,082.25
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 6 $119,930.00
Veterans Health Administration 5 $92,767.80
Indian Health Service 5 $87,282.60
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 5 $93,240.00
Federal Railroad Administration 4 $134,579.75
Maritime Administration 4 $117,803.75
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 3 $95,053.00
National Protection and Programs Directorate 3 $108,741.00
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 3 $122,117.33
National Science Foundation 3 $167,252.00
U.S. Secret Service 2 $120,107.50
Goddard Space Flight Center 2 $106,724.50
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 2 $109,844.50
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 2 $90,423.00
Presidio Trust 2 $124,595.00
Federal Bureau of Investigation 2 $99,099.50
U.S. Agency for International Development 2 $147,614.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 1 $132,368.00
Employment and Training Administration 1 $118,069.00
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 1 $118,069.00
National Cemetery Administration 1 $95,940.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 1 $97,378.00
U.S. Mint 1 $109,309.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 1 $93,718.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $111,508.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 1 $71,231.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 1 $133,368.00
Customs and Border Protection 1 $139,523.00
Food and Drug Administration 1 $91,814.00
Office of Mission Assurance 1 $151,496.00
Rural Utilities Service 1 $99,905.00
Departmental Administration 1 $139,523.00

Civil Engineer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Civil Engineer is $94,503.53. The highest paid Civil Engineer made $180,241 in 2015.

Common Civil Engineer Payscales

Payscale Number of Civil Engineering Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,498
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 447
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 64
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 32
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 11
IC - Federal Emergency Management Agency Use 10
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 7
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 5
NN - Nnsa Engineering And Scientific 4
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 4
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 3
ES - Senior Executive Service 2
EG - Consultant (other) 2
ST - Scientific And Professional 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

The information provided on these pages is sourced from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI) dataset. Postal Service data is managed exclusively by the USPS . All information is displayed unmodified and as provided by the source agency.

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The series code of this occupation is 0810.

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