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Civil Engineer - Federal Salaries of 2019

Pay Rates for "Civil Engineer"

How much does a Civil Engineer in the federal government get paid? $103,400.10* *Based on the 2019 average.

Civil Engineer was the 319th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2019, with 3,919 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2019, the Federal Highway Administration hired the most employees titled Civil Engineering, with an average salary of $107,221.

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 929 $107,221.36
Bureau of Reclamation 675 $107,143.89
Forest Service 502 $83,808.86
Federal Aviation Administration 397 $107,926.75
Natural Resources Conservation Service 389 $89,005.70
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 125 $124,583.42
Department of Energy 94 $118,104.42
Indian Affairs 92 $105,698.63
Federal Emergency Management Agency 86 $104,148.36
Bureau of Land Management 81 $87,200.20
National Park Service 62 $98,998.02
Rural Housing Service 51 $93,387.31
Public Buildings Service 49 $111,935.22
U.S. Coast Guard 38 $102,167.79
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 34 $143,450.91
Mine Safety and Health Administration 30 $98,959.53
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 29 $104,155.07
Geological Survey 28 $99,104.25
National Institute of Standards and Technology 26 $135,847.85
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 20 $96,583.95
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 19 $111,397.28
Economic Development Administration 17 $108,035.06
Environmental Protection Agency 13 $114,031.85
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 13 $126,125.46
Agricultural Research Service 13 $134,949.85
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 10 $121,758.80
Department of State 8 $145,026.75
Veterans Health Administration 8 $92,736.50
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 8 $108,266.38
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 7 $98,401.57
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 5 $134,923.60
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 5 $138,168.20
Indian Health Service 4 $109,225.50
Federal Railroad Administration 4 $129,993.00
Maritime Administration 4 $127,273.50
Office of Secretary of Transportation 4 $118,936.00
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 3 $87,287.33
U.S. Secret Service 3 $125,004.67
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 3 $103,517.33
Goddard Space Flight Center 3 $118,149.00
National Science Foundation 3 $182,627.00
U.S. Agency for International Development 3 $149,702.67
Presidio Trust 2 $127,122.50
National Protection and Programs Directorate 2 $130,865.00
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 2 $137,688.50
National Gallery of Art 2 $99,172.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 2 $117,351.00
Employment and Training Administration 1 $128,920.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 1 $106,540.00
National Cemetery Administration 1 $119,004.00
Departmental Administration 1 $152,352.00
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 1 $105,782.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $104,181.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 1 $148,445.00
Ames Research Center 1 $125,567.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $102,477.00
Federal Bureau of Investigation 1 $128,920.00
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1 $121,264.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $127,570.00

Civil Engineer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Civil Engineer is $103,400.10. The highest paid Civil Engineer made $192,300 in 2019.

Common Civil Engineer Payscales

Payscale Number of Civil Engineering Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,368
FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan 397
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 52
IC - Employees Holding Incident Management Cadre Of On-call Response/recovery Employees(core)positions 37
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 35
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 10
GM - Employees Covered By The Performance Management And Recognition System (pmrs) Termination Provisions 6
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 5
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109) 2
NN - Employees In The National Nuclear Security Administration's Engineering And Scientific Career Path 2
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
ST - Scientific And Professional 1
ES - Senior Executive Service 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 2020

In 2004, the average pay for a Civil Engineer was $77,359. Since then, the average pay has increased to $104,900 in 2020.

Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0810.

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