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Computer Engineer - Federal Salaries of 2019

Pay Rates for "Computer Engineer"

How much does a Computer Engineer in the federal government get paid? $130,530.67* *Based on the 2019 average.

Computer Engineer was the 225th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2019, with 1,053 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2019, the Goddard Space Flight Center hired the most employees titled Computer Engineering, with an average salary of $137,789.

Government Computer Engineering jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Computer 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 Computer Engineer

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Goddard Space Flight Center 302 $137,788.96
John F. Kennedy Space Center 116 $110,491.37
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 80 $117,810.94
Federal Aviation Administration 73 $128,564.60
Ames Research Center 72 $154,711.29
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 71 $128,579.85
Langley Research Center 68 $119,648.21
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 48 $109,017.27
Internal Revenue Service 47 $152,251.30
National Institute of Standards and Technology 18 $145,163.11
National Institutes of Health 14 $142,619.57
Dryden Flight Research Center 12 $122,177.50
Geological Survey 12 $116,421.67
Office of Secretary of Transportation 11 $120,060.91
Federal Bureau of Investigation 10 $153,145.67
Veterans Health Administration 10 $104,219.00
Department of Energy 9 $146,870.50
U.S. Coast Guard 7 $128,286.86
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 7 $110,654.29
National Protection and Programs Directorate 7 $134,538.29
John C. Stennis Space Center 5 $118,077.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 5 $155,150.20
Environmental Protection Agency 5 $132,852.80
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 4 $134,482.50
Patent and Trademark Office 4 $154,912.25
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 4 $135,653.75
Bureau of Reclamation 4 $107,571.50
Bureau of the Census 3 $154,696.00
Headquarters, Nasa 3 $151,525.00
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 3 $120,224.00
Board of Veterans Appeals 2 $140,921.50
U.S. Agency for International Development 2 $166,500.00
National Gallery of Art 2 $134,771.50
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 2 $159,426.00
U.S. Secret Service 2 $151,071.00
National Science Foundation 1 $182,627.00
National Archives and Records Administration 1 $166,500.00
National Technical Information Service 1 $152,352.00
Office of Comptroller of Currency 1 $130,217.00
Agricultural Research Service 1 $109,400.00
Science and Technology Directorate 1 $152,352.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $128,911.00
Forest Service 1 $77,082.00
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 1 $139,629.00

Computer Engineer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Computer Engineer is $130,530.67. The highest paid Computer Engineer made $192,300 in 2019.

Common Computer Engineer Payscales

Payscale Number of Computer Engineering Employees
GS - General Schedule 936
FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan 72
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 25
ST - Scientific And Professional 3
SL - Senior Level Positions 2
RG - Scientists Appointed As Fellows And Compensated Under 42 U.s.c. 209(g). Includes Non-citizens Whose Employment 2
NN - Employees In The National Nuclear Security Administration's Engineering And Scientific Career Path 2
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 2
NB - Office Of The Comptroller Of The Currency Only 1
RF - Employees Appointed And Compensated As Special Consultants Under 42 U.s.c. 209(f). Includes Non-citizens Whose 1
GM - Employees Covered By The Performance Management And Recognition System (pmrs) Termination Provisions 1
EV - Federal Aviation Administration Executive Compensation Plan 1
ES - Senior Executive Service 1
IR - Internal Revenue Service Broadband Classification And Pay System Positions Only 1
EJ - The Department Of Energy Organization Act Excepted Service 1
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 1
EN - National Nuclear Security Administration Excepted Service Only 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 Computer 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
Computer ScienceProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Equal Employment OpportunityAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
PackagingAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Library TechnicianClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Language ClericalClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9

Average Computer Engineering Pay Trend from 2004 to 2020

In 2004, the average pay for a Computer Engineer was $93,323. Since then, the average pay has increased to $134,502 in 2020.

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 0854.

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