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Civil Engineer - Federal Salaries of 2016

Pay Rates for "Civil Engineer"

How much does a Civil Engineer in the federal government get paid? $96,045.58* *Based on the 2016 average.

Civil Engineer was the 68th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2016, with 3,976 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2016, the Federal Highway Administration hired the most employees titled Civil Engineering, with an average salary of $101,135.

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 970 $101,135.46
Bureau of Reclamation 560 $89,627.98
Forest Service 523 $80,885.33
Federal Aviation Administration 453 $102,314.53
Natural Resources Conservation Service 443 $86,888.91
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 125 $120,989.90
Indian Affairs 118 $95,523.19
Bureau of Land Management 84 $84,007.10
National Park Service 79 $95,718.87
Department of Energy 72 $100,680.57
Federal Emergency Management Agency 58 $103,178.41
Rural Housing Service 54 $86,738.74
Public Buildings Service 49 $110,677.41
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 46 $134,130.98
Mine Safety and Health Administration 35 $89,663.26
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 35 $95,248.51
Geological Survey 30 $85,558.07
National Institute of Standards and Technology 23 $130,633.09
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 21 $102,908.71
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 19 $89,711.47
Environmental Protection Agency 16 $115,309.87
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 15 $113,603.40
Agricultural Research Service 14 $123,276.43
Veterans Health Administration 14 $85,780.00
Department of State 13 $134,899.77
Economic Development Administration 13 $100,519.38
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 10 $86,903.70
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 10 $109,889.30
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 6 $114,300.17
Office of Secretary of Transportation 6 $110,264.17
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 5 $95,481.20
Maritime Administration 4 $120,112.00
Federal Railroad Administration 4 $129,675.50
Indian Health Service 4 $98,256.75
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 3 $88,993.67
National Science Foundation 3 $169,686.00
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 3 $124,743.67
National Protection and Programs Directorate 3 $114,166.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 3 $115,335.67
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 2 $71,852.50
Rural Utilities Service 2 $100,944.00
Federal Bureau of Investigation 2 $106,469.50
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2 $98,591.00
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 2 $124,681.50
U.S. Secret Service 2 $125,056.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 2 $111,077.50
Presidio Trust 2 $127,464.00
U.S. Agency for International Development 2 $150,163.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 1 $95,704.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $116,186.00
U.S. Mint 1 $111,167.00
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 1 $119,794.00
Customs and Border Protection 1 $141,555.00
Employment and Training Administration 1 $119,794.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $122,549.00
Ames Research Center 1 $114,015.00
Departmental Administration 1 $141,555.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 1 $134,296.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 1 $135,296.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 1 $82,585.00

Civil Engineer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Civil Engineer is $96,045.58. The highest paid Civil Engineer made $183,846 in 2016.

Common Civil Engineer Payscales

Payscale Number of Civil Engineering Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,384
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 453
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 61
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 32
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 10
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 9
IC - Federal Emergency Management Agency Use 8
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 5
NN - Nnsa Engineering And Scientific 3
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 3
EG - Consultant (other) 2
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 2
SN - Senior Level System 1
ES - Senior Executive Service 1
ST - Scientific And Professional 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
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 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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