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Mechanical Engineer - Federal Salaries of 2016

Pay Rates for "Mechanical Engineer"

How much does a Mechanical Engineer in the federal government get paid? $107,727.35* *Based on the 2016 average.

Mechanical Engineer was the 157th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2016, with 1,173 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2016, the National Institute of Standards and Technology hired the most employees titled Mechanical Engineering, with an average salary of $120,045.

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 140 $120,044.56
Federal Aviation Administration 102 $94,963.64
Environmental Protection Agency 92 $121,267.96
Bureau of Reclamation 82 $82,886.39
Department of Energy 66 $110,574.30
Public Buildings Service 66 $99,468.14
U.S. Coast Guard 54 $101,568.72
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 47 $112,224.68
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 39 $99,476.72
National Institutes of Health 38 $109,340.71
Food and Drug Administration 35 $104,074.14
Office of Secretary of Transportation 31 $107,832.26
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 31 $132,920.35
John F. Kennedy Space Center 27 $102,136.74
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 22 $110,895.50
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 22 $116,560.82
Consumer Product Safety Commission 21 $109,384.10
Mine Safety and Health Administration 19 $84,304.00
Forest Service 16 $85,570.25
John C. Stennis Space Center 16 $96,513.19
Maritime Administration 12 $106,283.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 11 $116,632.27
National Transportation Safety Board 11 $126,330.55
Veterans Health Administration 11 $81,776.45
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 11 $101,646.18
Federal Railroad Administration 11 $127,134.91
Langley Research Center 10 $114,141.70
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 10 $107,603.20
Indian Health Service 9 $87,934.22
National Park Service 9 $101,197.78
Agricultural Research Service 8 $93,583.57
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 8 $113,114.88
Federal Bureau of Investigation 7 $128,881.43
Federal Acquisition Service 5 $101,135.00
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 5 $110,553.60
Bureau of Land Management 4 $93,926.25
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 4 $115,317.25
Goddard Space Flight Center 4 $118,287.50
U.S. Mint 4 $100,596.00
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 3 $89,775.33
Federal Emergency Management Agency 3 $110,120.33
Social Security Administration 2 $110,738.00
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 2 $120,707.50
Dryden Flight Research Center 2 $100,720.50
Rural Utilities Service 2 $115,140.00
Departmental Administration 2 $128,790.00
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 2 $96,587.50
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 2 $113,808.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 2 $111,154.50
National Gallery of Art 2 $120,804.00
Internal Revenue Service 2 $112,774.00
Ous for Science and Technology 2 $126,432.50
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 1 $151,496.00
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 1 $128,790.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $113,014.00
Indian Affairs 1 $91,255.00
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 1 $140,073.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 1 $75,336.00
Geological Survey 1 $115,778.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 1 $99,905.00
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 1 $91,814.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 1 $125,213.00
Chemical Safety/Hazard Investigation Board 1 $51,987.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 1 $139,523.00
Offices, Boards and Divisions 1 $118,057.00
Government Printing Office 1 $108,987.00
Ames Research Center 1 $140,422.00

Mechanical Engineer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Mechanical Engineer is $107,727.35. The highest paid Mechanical Engineer made $185,600 in 2016.

Common Mechanical Engineer Payscales

Payscale Number of Mechanical Engineering Employees
GS - General Schedule 833
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 145
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 113
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 29
RG - Code For Use By Hhs Only. 19
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 11
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 3
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 3
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 3
ER - Scientific Engr Pr Per Of Adv Res Pr Ag 3
ET - Pro Dir Of The Adv Res Prj Ag-en 2
ST - Scientific And Professional 2
SL - Senior Level Positions 1
PG - Printing Office Grades 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 1
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 1
EJ - Dept Of Energy Org Act Excepted Service 1
EG - Consultant (other) 1

Starting Paygrade: $31,819.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $134,776.00 / 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
SecretaryClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Cemetery Administration ServicesAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Investigative AnalysisAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Office Automation Clerical and AssistanceClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
General Natural Resources Management and Biological SciencesProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15

Average Mechanical Engineering Pay Trend from 2004 to 2016

In 2004, the average pay for a Mechanical Engineer was $85,621. Since then, the average pay has increased to $107,727 in 2016.

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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