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Mechanical Engineer - Federal Salaries of 2022

Pay Rates for "Mechanical Engineer"

How much does a Mechanical Engineer in the federal government get paid? $121,166.92* *Based on the 2022 average.

Mechanical Engineer was the 150th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2022, with 1,201 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2022, the Federal Aviation Administration hired the most employees titled Mechanical Engineering, with an average salary of $93,554.

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
Federal Aviation Administration 199 $93,553.56
National Institute of Standards and Technology 153 $136,216.31
Bureau of Reclamation 96 $111,783.31
U.S. Coast Guard 70 $115,533.27
Environmental Protection Agency 62 $141,815.92
Department of Energy 57 $125,645.35
Public Buildings Service 57 $118,535.98
National Institutes of Health 36 $129,438.53
Food and Drug Administration 35 $131,679.23
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 33 $131,471.45
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 32 $110,750.25
John F. Kennedy Space Center 32 $122,189.75
Consumer Product Safety Commission 23 $122,432.26
Department of State 23 $151,428.04
Office of Secretary of Transportation 21 $135,047.90
John C. Stennis Space Center 19 $115,208.05
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 17 $143,128.94
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 16 $129,230.13
Maritime Administration 16 $133,224.94
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 15 $159,941.47
Langley Research Center 14 $128,539.86
Federal Bureau of Investigation 12 $131,775.71
Mine Safety and Health Administration 11 $92,365.45
Forest Service 11 $97,604.64
Indian Health Service 10 $100,165.70
National Park Service 8 $111,833.50
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 8 $140,840.50
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 8 $123,165.50
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 7 $113,744.00
National Transportation Safety Board 7 $155,085.71
Federal Railroad Administration 7 $153,640.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 6 $126,516.17
Veterans Health Administration 6 $110,043.17
Federal Acquisition Service 6 $104,294.33
Rural Housing Service 6 $119,505.67
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 5 $128,501.20
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 5 $125,338.00
Agricultural Research Service 5 $113,124.80
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 4 $124,677.50
Bureau of Land Management 4 $111,704.00
Geological Survey 3 $113,844.33
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 3 $84,569.33
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 3 $118,390.00
Ames Research Center 2 $158,929.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 2 $148,682.50
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 2 $135,528.50
Social Security Administration 2 $117,505.00
U.S. Mint 2 $139,689.00
Internal Revenue Service 2 $109,567.00
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 2 $133,639.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 2 $133,527.50
National Science Foundation 2 $196,719.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 1 $134,649.00
Science and Technology Directorate 1 $168,506.00
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 1 $164,102.00
Departmental Administration 1 $152,179.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $138,868.00
Government Printing Office 1 $135,308.00
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 1 $87,439.00
Indian Affairs 1 $110,973.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 1 $138,856.00
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 1 $164,102.00
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 1 $155,545.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 1 $143,064.00

Mechanical Engineer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Mechanical Engineer is $121,166.92. The highest paid Mechanical Engineer made $203,700 in 2022.

Common Mechanical Engineer Payscales

Payscale Number of Mechanical Engineering Employees
GS - General Schedule 781
FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan 199
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 153
RG - Scientists Appointed As Fellows And Compensated Under 42 U.s.c. 209(g). Includes Non-citizens Whose Employment 21
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 19
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 14
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 4
ST - Scientific And Professional 3
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 3
EJ - The Department Of Energy Organization Act Excepted Service 1
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
PG - Printing Office Grades 1
SN - Senior Level System 1

Starting Paygrade: $36,070.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $152,771.00 / 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
Equal Opportunity AssistanceClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Agricultural Market ReportingAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Patent ClassifyingProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Data TranscriberClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Animal ScienceProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15

Average Mechanical Engineering Pay Trend from 2004 to 2022

In 2004, the average pay for a Mechanical Engineer was $85,621. Since then, the average pay has increased to $121,167 in 2022.

Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0830.

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