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Electrical Engineer - Federal Salaries of 2020

Pay Rates for "Electrical Engineer"

How much does an Electrical Engineer in the federal government get paid? $120,716.63* *Based on the 2020 average.

Electrical Engineer was the 129th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2020, with 1,598 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2020, the Department of Energy hired the most employees titled Electrical Engineering, with an average salary of $124,459.

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

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Department of Energy 521 $124,458.55
Bureau of Reclamation 163 $105,479.15
Federal Aviation Administration 153 $102,875.90
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 146 $112,425.92
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 67 $155,775.96
U.S. Coast Guard 55 $116,327.45
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 45 $128,730.62
John F. Kennedy Space Center 45 $119,108.69
National Institute of Standards and Technology 42 $126,532.67
Goddard Space Flight Center 32 $140,959.69
Public Buildings Service 31 $111,881.23
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 28 $128,557.36
Mine Safety and Health Administration 26 $93,846.96
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 23 $150,869.39
Food and Drug Administration 23 $135,130.09
John C. Stennis Space Center 21 $112,164.33
Department of State 17 $152,679.59
National Institutes of Health 16 $134,568.13
Rural Housing Service 15 $123,121.27
Veterans Health Administration 12 $104,177.58
Consumer Product Safety Commission 9 $128,794.22
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 8 $114,896.50
Langley Research Center 8 $110,561.75
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 8 $110,623.88
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 6 $136,854.83
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 6 $139,841.50
Ames Research Center 6 $149,160.00
Federal Bureau of Investigation 5 $149,621.00
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 4 $132,831.75
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 4 $145,477.00
National Park Service 4 $101,674.25
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 4 $146,732.00
Internal Revenue Service 3 $103,660.00
Forest Service 3 $110,769.67
Indian Affairs 3 $115,919.67
Dryden Flight Research Center 3 $123,862.67
Environmental Protection Agency 3 $125,606.33
Federal Emergency Management Agency 3 $108,223.33
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 2 $127,603.00
Social Security Administration 2 $126,620.50
Departmental Administration 2 $157,709.00
U.S. Mint 2 $120,620.50
Indian Health Service 2 $104,277.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 2 $83,115.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 1 $153,665.00
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 1 $133,465.00
Science and Technology Directorate 1 $130,017.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 1 $133,447.00
Federal Acquisition Service 1 $133,465.00
National Science Foundation 1 $189,296.00
Government Printing Office 1 $119,775.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 1 $112,930.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 1 $115,127.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $133,465.00
Rural Utilities Service 1 $102,663.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 1 $123,198.00
Office of Secretary of Transportation 1 $157,709.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $157,709.00
National Gallery of Art 1 $102,663.00

Electrical Engineer Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Electrical Engineer is $120,716.63. The highest paid Electrical Engineer made $230,160 in 2020.

Common Electrical Engineer Payscales

Payscale Number of Electrical Engineering Employees
GS - General Schedule 1,334
FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan 153
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 47
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 24
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 13
ES - Senior Executive Service 8
RG - Scientists Appointed As Fellows And Compensated Under 42 U.s.c. 209(g). Includes Non-citizens Whose Employment 6
SL - Senior Level Positions 3
RF - Employees Appointed And Compensated As Special Consultants Under 42 U.s.c. 209(f). Includes Non-citizens Whose 2
EJ - The Department Of Energy Organization Act Excepted Service 1
NN - Employees In The National Nuclear Security Administration's Engineering And Scientific Career Path 1
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 1
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 1
IC - Employees Holding Incident Management Cadre Of On-call Response/recovery Employees(core)positions 1
PG - Printing Office Grades 1
ST - Scientific And Professional 1
SN - Senior Level System 1

Starting Paygrade: $34,649.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $146,757.00 / 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 Electrical 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
HydrologyProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Computer ScienceProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Language ClericalClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Import ComplianceAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Construction Control TechnicalTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9

Average Electrical Engineering Pay Trend from 2004 to 2020

In 2004, the average pay for an Electrical Engineer was $87,789. Since then, the average pay has increased to $120,717 in 2020.

Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0850.

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