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Environmental Engineer - Federal Salaries of 2020

Pay Rates for "Environmental Engineer"

How much does an Environmental Engineer in the federal government get paid? $120,402.14* *Based on the 2020 average.

Environmental Engineer was the 116th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2020, with 1,926 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency hired the most employees titled Environmental Engineering, with an average salary of $123,791.

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

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Environmental Protection Agency 1,559 $123,791.14
Indian Health Service 95 $70,750.57
Forest Service 29 $106,684.93
Department of Energy 23 $126,133.80
Veterans Health Administration 22 $85,770.86
U.S. Coast Guard 16 $108,751.81
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 15 $119,460.93
Goddard Space Flight Center 14 $130,646.57
Natural Resources Conservation Service 13 $116,559.54
Federal Aviation Administration 13 $113,787.23
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 10 $142,673.40
Office of Secretary of Transportation 9 $112,037.44
National Institute of Standards and Technology 9 $138,283.78
National Institutes of Health 7 $135,458.14
Headquarters, Nasa 7 $155,739.71
Bureau of Land Management 6 $117,210.83
National Park Service 6 $114,696.50
Departmental Administration 5 $156,282.20
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 5 $123,296.40
Geological Survey 4 $137,033.75
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 4 $108,451.50
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 4 $102,374.50
Agricultural Research Service 4 $105,418.50
Public Buildings Service 4 $125,409.25
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 3 $126,112.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 3 $138,871.33
Langley Research Center 3 $109,956.33
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 3 $120,135.67
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 3 $97,968.00
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 3 $117,659.33
Ames Research Center 2 $146,608.00
Rural Housing Service 2 $120,637.50
Export-Import Bank of the United States 2 $145,578.00
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 2 $74,053.50
Small Business Administration 2 $119,317.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 1 $106,085.00
U.S. Mint 1 $105,782.00
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 1 $133,546.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1 $133,465.00
Food and Drug Administration 1 $109,508.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $109,479.00
Federal Acquisition Service 1 $119,810.00
National Science Foundation 1 $189,056.00
Indian Affairs 1 $92,068.00
Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development 1 $153,665.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 1 $157,709.00
Rural Utilities Service 1 $94,272.00
Federal Highway Administration 1 $115,562.00
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 1 $93,638.00
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 1 $109,508.00

Environmental Engineer Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Environmental Engineer is $120,402.14. The highest paid Environmental Engineer made $190,835 in 2020.

Common Environmental Engineer Payscales

Payscale Number of Environmental Engineering Employees
GS - General Schedule 1,828
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 28
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 20
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109) 13
FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan 13
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 12
NN - Employees In The National Nuclear Security Administration's Engineering And Scientific Career Path 3
GM - Employees Covered By The Performance Management And Recognition System (pmrs) Termination Provisions 3
RG - Scientists Appointed As Fellows And Compensated Under 42 U.s.c. 209(g). Includes Non-citizens Whose Employment 2
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 2
ST - Scientific And Professional 1
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 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 Environmental 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
Distribution Facilities and Storage ManagementAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Management and Program AnalysisAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Landscape ArchitectureProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Health System SpecialistAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Social WorkProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15

Average Environmental Engineering Pay Trend from 2004 to 2020

In 2004, the average pay for an Environmental Engineer was $87,708. Since then, the average pay has increased to $120,402 in 2020.

Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0819.

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