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General Engineer - Federal Salaries of 2020

Pay Rates for "General Engineer"

How much does a General Engineer in the federal government get paid? $132,871.73* *Based on the 2020 average.
10,943 EMPLOYEES
$1.38B TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

General Engineer was the 31st most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2020, with 10,943 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2020, the Department of Energy hired the most employees titled General Engineering, with an average salary of $136,177.

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

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Department of Energy 1,359 $136,177.48
Veterans Health Administration 1,097 $102,763.84
Federal Aviation Administration 977 $146,176.57
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 868 $150,670.26
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 827 $144,779.86
John F. Kennedy Space Center 556 $133,031.78
Federal Emergency Management Agency 426 $73,324.87
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 388 $142,290.66
Goddard Space Flight Center 315 $157,636.08
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 274 $137,949.76
Langley Research Center 260 $150,525.09
Ames Research Center 234 $154,491.61
Headquarters, Nasa 227 $172,093.52
Food and Drug Administration 207 $109,864.90
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 179 $118,891.90
Internal Revenue Service 170 $126,294.91
Public Buildings Service 157 $106,467.14
U.S. Coast Guard 150 $125,761.46
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 149 $139,409.89
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 114 $118,032.26
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 106 $128,212.76
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 97 $128,842.80
National Institutes of Health 96 $128,803.47
Department of State 92 $145,272.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 91 $137,794.71
Forest Service 90 $116,025.03
Environmental Protection Agency 81 $122,347.81
Science and Technology Directorate 79 $156,833.04
Customs and Border Protection 76 $134,489.54
Office of Secretary of Transportation 76 $127,607.96
Federal Transit Administration 75 $120,836.27
National Science Foundation 67 $173,071.81
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board 65 $159,630.38
Dryden Flight Research Center 61 $160,220.74
National Park Service 60 $110,928.38
Transportation Security Administration 49 $140,231.78
Indian Health Service 48 $101,090.83
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 42 $112,921.45
National Institute of Standards and Technology 40 $142,222.73
Agricultural Research Service 38 $112,021.09
Mine Safety and Health Administration 37 $115,484.32
Bureau of Reclamation 33 $135,155.73
Federal Railroad Administration 26 $139,756.77
U.S. Mint 25 $126,739.72
U.S. Agency for International Development 24 $114,468.79
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 21 $140,498.24
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 20 $147,974.90
National Cemetery Administration 20 $130,676.45
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 17 $142,487.71
Geological Survey 17 $119,878.53
Bureau of Industry and Security 17 $148,532.41
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 17 $142,871.06
Indian Affairs 15 $103,731.87
Maritime Administration 14 $120,951.79
Federal Bureau of Investigation 14 $150,254.22
U.S. Secret Service 13 $156,834.77
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 12 $112,887.17
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing 12 $140,028.08
Bureau of Land Management 12 $122,404.17
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 12 $119,156.33
Consumer Product Safety Commission 12 $141,327.58
National Transportation Safety Board 11 $153,597.00
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 11 $129,780.36
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 9 $106,364.11
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 8 $120,352.50
Government Printing Office 8 $135,901.75
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 8 $119,908.13
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 7 $140,367.14
Natural Resources Conservation Service 7 $131,937.43
National Archives and Records Administration 7 $146,617.57
Federal Highway Administration 7 $146,712.29
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 6 $100,168.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 6 $114,296.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 6 $118,147.17
Health Resources and Services Administration 5 $110,876.80
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 5 $127,426.40
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 4 $122,835.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 4 $106,969.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 4 $108,283.25
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 4 $119,984.50
National Gallery of Art 4 $142,515.25
Presidio Trust 4 $150,806.75
4 $157,709.00
American Battle Monuments Commission 3 $141,528.33
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 3 $119,105.67
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 3 $137,733.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Commerce) 3 $132,621.00
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 3 $119,775.33
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 3 $130,138.33
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 2 $142,701.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 2 $120,391.50
National Protection and Programs Directorate 2 $130,042.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 2 $127,493.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 2 $115,266.00
Agricultural Marketing Service 2 $109,172.00
Departmental Administration 2 $170,800.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 2 $167,165.00
Social Security Administration 2 $143,565.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 1 $157,709.00
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 1 $118,603.00
Architectural & Transportation Barrier Compliance Board 1 $129,404.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 1 $165,498.00
Offices, Boards and Divisions 1 $145,578.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 1 $170,800.00
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 1 $94,626.00
Federal Acquisition Service 1 $153,889.00
Office of Mission Assurance 1 $157,709.00
International Joint Commission: U.S. & Canada 1 $170,800.00
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 1 $89,213.00
Office of Justice Programs 1 $145,578.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 1 $106,085.00
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 1 $121,316.00
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 1 $109,479.00

General Engineer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a General Engineer is $132,871.73. The highest paid General Engineer made $253,300 in 2020.

Common General Engineer Payscales

Payscale Number of General Engineering Employees
GS - General Schedule 7,308
FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan 970
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 770
IM - Employees Holding Incident Management Positions And Appointed And Compensated Under Section 306(b)(1) 391
ES - Senior Executive Service 338
EN - National Nuclear Security Administration Excepted Service Only 319
NN - Employees In The National Nuclear Security Administration's Engineering And Scientific Career Path 186
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 154
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 98
SL - Senior Level Positions 72
DN - Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board Excepted Service Employees 61
SV - Transportation Security Administration Employees Other Than Executives 49
IC - Employees Holding Incident Management Cadre Of On-call Response/recovery Employees(core)positions 26
RG - Scientists Appointed As Fellows And Compensated Under 42 U.s.c. 209(g). Includes Non-citizens Whose Employment 25
ST - Scientific And Professional 20
IR - Internal Revenue Service Broadband Classification And Pay System Positions Only 18
SN - Senior Level System 18
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 15
EE - Expert (other) 13
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 11
EK - The National Defense Authorization Act Of 1995 Department Of Energy Excepted Service 11
EJ - The Department Of Energy Organization Act Excepted Service 10
ER - Scientific, Engineering & Professonal Pers Of The Adv Research Proj Agcy-en 9
FO - Foreign Service Officers 8
PG - Printing Office Grades 8
CE - Contract Education--year Long 6
ZZ - Nonapplicable 4
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 4
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109) 4
GM - Employees Covered By The Performance Management And Recognition System (pmrs) Termination Provisions 3
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 3
EV - Federal Aviation Administration Executive Compensation Plan 3
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 3
ET - Program Director Of The Advanced Research Projects Agency-engery 2
EG - Consultant (other) 2
EX - Executive Pay 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
Occupation Family: 0800 ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE GROUP

Other Jobs at the GS-6 Paygrade

GS-6 is the starting paygrade for General Engineering and Architecture 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
Health System SpecialistAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Property DisposalAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
EntomologyProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Property Disposal Clerical and TechnicianClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Human Resources ManagementAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15

Average General Engineering Pay Trend from 2004 to 2020

In 2004, the average pay for a General Engineer was $101,008. Since then, the average pay has increased to $132,872 in 2020.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0801.

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