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Civil Engineer - Federal Salaries of 2017

Pay Rates for "Civil Engineer"

How much does a Civil Engineer in the federal government get paid? $97,656.19* *Based on the 2017 average.

Civil Engineer was the 68th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2017, with 3,901 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2017, the Federal Highway Administration hired the most employees titled Civil Engineering, with an average salary of $103,468.

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 951 $103,467.65
Bureau of Reclamation 572 $91,491.43
Forest Service 515 $81,686.01
Federal Aviation Administration 438 $103,013.76
Natural Resources Conservation Service 415 $88,494.28
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 127 $121,297.55
Indian Affairs 115 $98,652.81
Bureau of Land Management 79 $84,323.27
National Park Service 77 $96,038.60
Department of Energy 67 $101,777.81
Federal Emergency Management Agency 66 $103,715.12
Public Buildings Service 58 $109,187.02
Rural Housing Service 54 $88,854.72
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 40 $135,687.10
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 33 $98,462.61
Mine Safety and Health Administration 31 $93,317.63
Geological Survey 29 $90,213.31
National Institute of Standards and Technology 23 $129,007.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 23 $90,783.61
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 18 $108,436.06
Agricultural Research Service 13 $125,082.62
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 13 $119,838.69
Veterans Health Administration 13 $86,175.31
Environmental Protection Agency 12 $114,454.00
Department of State 12 $139,827.42
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 11 $115,347.91
Economic Development Administration 10 $104,630.30
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 9 $90,114.33
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 8 $100,105.50
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 6 $123,589.67
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 5 $131,642.00
Office of Secretary of Transportation 5 $112,108.00
National Protection and Programs Directorate 4 $114,117.00
U.S. Secret Service 4 $116,929.00
Indian Health Service 4 $102,656.25
Maritime Administration 4 $125,383.50
National Science Foundation 3 $174,569.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 3 $97,002.67
Presidio Trust 2 $117,041.50
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2 $102,358.50
Federal Railroad Administration 2 $131,066.50
Goddard Space Flight Center 2 $122,794.00
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 2 $128,920.50
Federal Bureau of Investigation 2 $112,596.00
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 2 $109,015.00
U.S. Agency for International Development 2 $157,815.00
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 2 $81,342.50
Departmental Administration 1 $145,629.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $125,706.00
Ames Research Center 1 $117,392.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 1 $92,969.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 1 $143,894.00
Customs and Border Protection 1 $145,629.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 1 $97,258.00
National Cemetery Administration 1 $110,595.00
U.S. Mint 1 $800.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 1 $123,234.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $120,120.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 1 $138,160.00
Employment and Training Administration 1 $123,234.00

Civil Engineer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Civil Engineer is $97,656.19. The highest paid Civil Engineer made $183,846 in 2017.

Common Civil Engineer Payscales

Payscale Number of Civil Engineering Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,322
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 438
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 59
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 33
IC - Federal Emergency Management Agency Use 16
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 10
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 8
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 5
NN - Nnsa Engineering And Scientific 2
EG - Consultant (other) 2
ES - Senior Executive Service 1
ST - Scientific And Professional 1
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 1
IT - 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
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

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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