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Engineer Technician - Federal Salaries of 2020

Pay Rates for "Engineer Technician"

How much does an Engineer Technician in the federal government get paid? $77,154.94* *Based on the 2020 average.

Engineer Technician was the 76th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2020, with 3,444 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2020, the Federal Aviation Administration hired the most employees titled Engineering Technical, with an average salary of $83,490.

Government Engineering Technical jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Engineering Technical job is GS-1, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is GS-9. 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

Technical and Medical Support Positions encompass jobs that require specialized, practical knowledge and the ability to perform skilled tasked. However, these skills can often be learned on the job or through training when you are hired. In some cases, certifications are required to qualify. Additional education such as an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree will increase starting grade and lead to promotion. Typically promotions are given 1 grade at a time up to a maximum of GS-9.

Agencies that have hired an Engineer Technician

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Federal Aviation Administration 519 $83,490.44
Natural Resources Conservation Service 397 $60,819.10
Forest Service 360 $63,562.13
Bureau of Land Management 264 $71,955.53
Veterans Health Administration 236 $72,255.97
Public Buildings Service 129 $101,767.04
Bureau of Reclamation 123 $67,713.83
Indian Health Service 107 $57,012.63
National Institute of Standards and Technology 100 $95,354.97
Federal Emergency Management Agency 95 $59,486.35
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 93 $81,508.70
Agricultural Research Service 92 $53,802.83
Langley Research Center 92 $88,974.50
U.S. Coast Guard 80 $83,434.48
Federal Highway Administration 78 $80,978.31
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 63 $81,013.19
National Institutes of Health 59 $94,047.07
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 55 $101,495.80
Dryden Flight Research Center 54 $99,678.43
Goddard Space Flight Center 53 $109,677.72
Indian Affairs 52 $68,066.71
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 51 $96,678.82
Department of Energy 36 $91,567.92
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 30 $64,436.10
Federal Bureau of Investigation 25 $131,878.30
Ames Research Center 25 $123,697.40
John F. Kennedy Space Center 24 $98,213.17
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 21 $98,442.71
Environmental Protection Agency 20 $74,384.70
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 15 $56,482.87
National Park Service 13 $65,409.08
Geological Survey 12 $86,816.42
National Gallery of Art 12 $96,531.50
U.S. Mint 10 $92,724.80
Department of State 5 $122,032.00
Mine Safety and Health Administration 5 $77,705.20
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 4 $79,213.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 3 $106,694.33
Government Printing Office 3 $86,430.00
International Boundary Commission: U.S. and Canada 3 $93,937.33
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 2 $123,778.00
Maritime Administration 2 $92,451.50
Consumer Product Safety Commission 2 $82,834.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 2 $95,015.50
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2 $81,609.00
Transportation Security Administration 2 $132,490.00
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 2 $0.00
National Archives and Records Administration 1 $88,836.00
Securities and Exchange Commission 1 $189,890.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $112,240.00
Office of Secretary of Transportation 1 $76,025.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $86,435.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 1 $50,598.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 1 $112,240.00
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 1 $54,285.00
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 1 $100,727.00
Food and Drug Administration 1 $100,727.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 1 $84,394.00
National Cemetery Administration 1 $112,308.00

Engineer Technician Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Engineer Technician is $77,154.94. The highest paid Engineer Technician made $189,890 in 2020.

Common Engineer Technician Payscales

Payscale Number of Engineering Technical Employees
GS - General Schedule 2,696
FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan 519
ZT - Scientific And Engineering Technician 109
IM - Employees Holding Incident Management Positions And Appointed And Compensated Under Section 306(b)(1) 89
GL - Gs Employees In Grades 3 Through 10 Paid A Law Enforcement Officer Special Base Rate 18
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 7
PG - Printing Office Grades 3
SV - Transportation Security Administration Employees Other Than Executives 2
SK - Non-supervisorty Postions Employed By The Securities And Exchange Commission (sec) And Formerly Under Gs Pay 1

Starting Paygrade: $20,172.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-1, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $61,227.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-9, Step 10
Category: Technical and Medical Support

Other Jobs at the GS-1 Paygrade

GS-1 is the starting paygrade for Engineering Technical jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the GS-1 paygrade.

Occupation Occupation Category Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
Editorial AssistanceClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Cartographic TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Contact RepresentativeClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Closed Microphone ReportingClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Respiratory TherapistTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9

Average Engineering Technical Pay Trend from 2004 to 2020

In 2004, the average pay for an Engineer Technician was $54,794. Since then, the average pay has increased to $77,155 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 0802.

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