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Mechanical Engineer - Federal Salaries of 2018

Pay Rates for "Mechanical Engineer"

How much does a Mechanical Engineer in the federal government get paid? $109,411.90* *Based on the 2018 average.

Mechanical Engineer was the 152nd most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2018, with 1,244 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2018, the National Institute of Standards and Technology hired the most employees titled Mechanical Engineering, with an average salary of $127,204.

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

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
National Institute of Standards and Technology 151 $127,204.13
Federal Aviation Administration 129 $92,926.92
Bureau of Reclamation 85 $83,925.59
Environmental Protection Agency 80 $126,517.30
Department of Energy 68 $112,910.88
U.S. Coast Guard 60 $104,163.87
Public Buildings Service 58 $100,451.19
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 43 $96,952.65
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 42 $114,429.45
National Institutes of Health 41 $109,476.83
John F. Kennedy Space Center 39 $109,963.77
Food and Drug Administration 36 $111,494.83
Office of Secretary of Transportation 33 $115,462.73
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 29 $138,220.28
Department of State 25 $131,240.76
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 22 $122,000.64
Consumer Product Safety Commission 22 $112,973.18
Mine Safety and Health Administration 20 $85,730.55
John C. Stennis Space Center 20 $99,080.25
Forest Service 16 $89,278.06
Veterans Health Administration 15 $87,972.87
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 15 $117,682.07
Langley Research Center 13 $112,671.08
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 13 $113,620.23
Federal Bureau of Investigation 12 $111,254.00
Federal Railroad Administration 11 $131,214.55
Maritime Administration 11 $115,203.82
Indian Health Service 11 $84,694.36
National Park Service 10 $108,039.20
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 10 $106,733.20
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 10 $104,904.30
Rural Utilities Service 10 $95,289.10
National Transportation Safety Board 9 $137,757.11
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 9 $111,141.56
Agricultural Research Service 6 $96,860.50
Federal Acquisition Service 4 $117,785.75
Bureau of Land Management 4 $99,905.75
Goddard Space Flight Center 4 $125,919.50
U.S. Mint 4 $0.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 3 $113,847.00
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 3 $91,053.33
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 3 $113,998.67
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 3 $117,453.67
Social Security Administration 2 $118,794.50
Internal Revenue Service 2 $105,857.50
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 2 $129,430.00
Geological Survey 2 $102,229.50
National Gallery of Art 2 $129,440.00
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 2 $116,793.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 2 $130,428.00
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 1 $94,465.00
Indian Affairs 1 $93,821.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 1 $121,692.00
Government Printing Office 1 $116,914.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1 $110,595.00
Ames Research Center 1 $151,794.00
Ous for Science and Technology 1 $124,366.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $106,367.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 1 $82,253.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $118,664.00
Departmental Administration 1 $126,958.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 1 $112,021.00
Chemical Safety/Hazard Investigation Board 1 $60,555.00
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 1 $138,910.00
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 1 $145,629.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 1 $95,996.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 1 $121,389.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 1 $80,789.00

Mechanical Engineer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Mechanical Engineer is $109,411.90. The highest paid Mechanical Engineer made $188,000 in 2018.

Common Mechanical Engineer Payscales

Payscale Number of Mechanical Engineering Employees
GS - General Schedule 889
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 153
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 129
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 28
RG - Code For Use By Hhs Only. 17
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 8
ER - Scientific Engr Pr Per Of Adv Res Pr Ag 3
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 3
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 3
ET - Pro Dir Of The Adv Res Prj Ag-en 2
EJ - Dept Of Energy Org Act Excepted Service 2
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 2
ST - Scientific And Professional 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
SL - Senior Level Positions 1
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 1
PG - Printing Office Grades 1

Starting Paygrade: $33,567.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $142,180.00 / 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 Mechanical 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
Government InformationAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Agricultural Market ReportingAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Patent ClassifyingProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Closed Microphone ReportingClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
EntomologyProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15

Average Mechanical Engineering Pay Trend from 2004 to 2018

In 2004, the average pay for a Mechanical Engineer was $85,621. Since then, the average pay has increased to $109,412 in 2018.

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 0830.

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