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General Engineer - Federal Salaries of 2021

Pay Rates for "General Engineer"

How much does a General Engineer in the federal government get paid? $134,715.96* *Based on the 2021 average.
11,061 EMPLOYEES
$1.44B TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

General Engineer was the 32nd most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2021, with 11,061 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2021, the Department of Energy hired the most employees titled General Engineering, with an average salary of $113,691.

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 1,388 $113,691.07
Veterans Health Administration 1,160 $110,126.10
Federal Aviation Administration 964 $148,869.56
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 848 $146,437.97
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 848 $153,349.76
John F. Kennedy Space Center 576 $134,250.44
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 405 $143,259.66
Goddard Space Flight Center 330 $160,833.66
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 284 $139,983.15
Langley Research Center 262 $152,871.78
Ames Research Center 253 $156,348.10
Headquarters, Nasa 244 $173,547.86
Food and Drug Administration 242 $111,388.00
Internal Revenue Service 194 $124,043.66
Public Buildings Service 174 $108,117.63
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 174 $121,244.93
U.S. Coast Guard 158 $126,029.54
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 154 $142,829.36
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 129 $128,646.38
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 126 $118,794.58
National Institutes of Health 121 $127,167.98
Environmental Protection Agency 103 $121,050.86
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 101 $132,265.25
Federal Emergency Management Agency 99 $85,874.28
Forest Service 96 $121,193.42
Department of State 92 $149,844.89
Office of Secretary of Transportation 91 $124,679.45
John C. Stennis Space Center 88 $137,854.18
Science and Technology Directorate 84 $153,990.82
National Science Foundation 83 $174,326.69
Customs and Border Protection 76 $141,666.05
Federal Transit Administration 72 $123,704.46
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board 69 $162,853.35
National Park Service 68 $112,147.46
Dryden Flight Research Center 60 $163,703.23
Indian Health Service 53 $102,625.57
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 51 $115,457.24
National Institute of Standards and Technology 48 $147,573.46
Transportation Security Administration 46 $144,893.39
Agricultural Research Service 43 $115,497.56
Mine Safety and Health Administration 41 $114,936.46
Bureau of Reclamation 27 $138,937.44
Federal Railroad Administration 26 $143,061.69
U.S. Mint 26 $126,461.96
National Cemetery Administration 24 $133,779.63
U.S. Agency for International Development 23 $115,051.48
Maritime Administration 23 $122,936.78
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 23 $147,762.48
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 21 $144,144.33
Bureau of Industry and Security 20 $144,837.55
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 18 $143,132.44
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 18 $145,371.94
Geological Survey 18 $117,973.78
Federal Bureau of Investigation 16 $150,766.90
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing 15 $139,216.60
U.S. Secret Service 12 $162,341.42
Consumer Product Safety Commission 11 $144,183.91
National Transportation Safety Board 11 $157,789.82
Bureau of Land Management 11 $123,905.18
Indian Affairs 11 $109,902.55
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 11 $124,302.00
Federal Highway Administration 10 $140,620.60
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 9 $121,137.67
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 9 $119,601.44
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 8 $143,350.13
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 8 $120,527.25
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 8 $142,923.50
Government Printing Office 8 $135,298.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 7 $112,309.86
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 7 $130,233.43
Natural Resources Conservation Service 7 $130,555.14
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 7 $115,658.29
National Archives and Records Administration 6 $152,950.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 6 $109,734.00
6 $61,584.50
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 5 $105,949.40
Health Resources and Services Administration 5 $115,150.20
Presidio Trust 4 $156,844.00
National Gallery of Art 4 $159,343.25
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 4 $135,413.00
4 $159,286.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 4 $125,950.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 4 $122,834.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 4 $111,466.25
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 4 $121,283.00
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 4 $118,890.50
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 4 $143,094.33
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 4 $125,840.25
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 4 $145,490.00
Offices, Boards and Divisions 3 $119,187.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 2 $118,484.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 2 $172,785.50
American Battle Monuments Commission 2 $138,208.50
Agricultural Marketing Service 2 $111,663.00
Departmental Administration 2 $175,235.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Commerce) 2 $149,076.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 2 $121,594.50
Social Security Administration 2 $145,250.00
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 1 $131,341.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 1 $159,286.00
Office of Justice Programs 1 $151,618.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 1 $112,603.00
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 1 $110,572.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 1 $132,071.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 1 $172,500.00
Federal Acquisition Service 1 $155,428.00
Office of Mission Assurance 1 $159,286.00
International Joint Commission: U.S. & Canada 1 $172,500.00
Program Support Center 1 $120,972.00
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 1 $93,013.00
National Protection and Programs Directorate 1 $127,885.00
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 1 $120,987.00
Architectural & Transportation Barrier Compliance Board 1 $134,782.00

General Engineer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a General Engineer is $134,715.96. The highest paid General Engineer made $255,800 in 2021.

Common General Engineer Payscales

Payscale Number of General Engineering Employees
GS - General Schedule 7,725
FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan 957
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 760
EN - National Nuclear Security Administration Excepted Service Only 342
ES - Senior Executive Service 338
NN - Employees In The National Nuclear Security Administration's Engineering And Scientific Career Path 175
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 171
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 112
SL - Senior Level Positions 77
DN - Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board Excepted Service Employees 65
IM - Employees Holding Incident Management Positions And Appointed And Compensated Under Section 306(b)(1) 56
SV - Transportation Security Administration Employees Other Than Executives 46
IC - Employees Holding Incident Management Cadre Of On-call Response/recovery Employees(core)positions 33
EE - Expert (other) 24
IR - Internal Revenue Service Broadband Classification And Pay System Positions Only 20
RG - Scientists Appointed As Fellows And Compensated Under 42 U.s.c. 209(g). Includes Non-citizens Whose Employment 20
ST - Scientific And Professional 18
SN - Senior Level System 16
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 16
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 15
ER - Scientific, Engineering & Professonal Pers Of The Adv Research Proj Agcy-en 11
EK - The National Defense Authorization Act Of 1995 Department Of Energy Excepted Service 10
EJ - The Department Of Energy Organization Act Excepted Service 8
PG - Printing Office Grades 8
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109) 7
FO - Foreign Service Officers 6
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 5
ZZ - Nonapplicable 4
* - Invalid 4
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 4
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 2
EG - Consultant (other) 2
EV - Federal Aviation Administration Executive Compensation Plan 2
EX - Executive Pay 1
ET - Program Director Of The Advanced Research Projects Agency-engery 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
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 2021

In 2004, the average pay for a General Engineer was $101,008. Since then, the average pay has increased to $134,716 in 2021.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0801.

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