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Mechanical Engineer - Federal Salaries of 2020

Pay Rates for "Mechanical Engineer"

How much does a Mechanical Engineer in the federal government get paid? $115,580.57* *Based on the 2020 average.

Mechanical Engineer was the 148th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2020, with 1,289 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2020, the Federal Aviation Administration hired the most employees titled Mechanical Engineering, with an average salary of $88,123.

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 210 $88,123.04
National Institute of Standards and Technology 155 $132,446.83
Bureau of Reclamation 98 $106,584.20
Environmental Protection Agency 69 $136,656.41
Department of Energy 64 $120,799.17
U.S. Coast Guard 62 $112,298.37
Public Buildings Service 56 $111,026.11
National Institutes of Health 42 $126,032.38
Food and Drug Administration 38 $123,315.87
John F. Kennedy Space Center 37 $115,790.81
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 36 $104,025.83
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 33 $130,131.33
Office of Secretary of Transportation 26 $124,324.85
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 22 $99,214.55
John C. Stennis Space Center 22 $106,808.82
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 21 $155,347.10
Consumer Product Safety Commission 21 $113,395.43
Department of State 20 $145,436.20
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 20 $137,144.90
Maritime Administration 18 $124,185.67
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 16 $126,413.44
Mine Safety and Health Administration 14 $96,508.43
Forest Service 13 $99,664.77
Langley Research Center 13 $117,015.92
Federal Bureau of Investigation 12 $118,543.75
Veterans Health Administration 11 $100,182.00
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 10 $126,108.30
National Park Service 10 $111,677.30
Indian Health Service 9 $97,598.78
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 8 $121,721.75
National Transportation Safety Board 8 $148,104.50
Federal Railroad Administration 8 $144,927.25
Goddard Space Flight Center 7 $113,783.43
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 7 $117,473.57
Federal Acquisition Service 6 $106,128.50
Agricultural Research Service 6 $104,693.33
Rural Housing Service 6 $126,094.50
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 5 $121,800.00
Bureau of Land Management 4 $101,963.50
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 4 $118,488.25
U.S. Mint 4 $117,033.75
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 3 $120,621.00
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 3 $77,674.67
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 3 $112,236.67
Geological Survey 2 $114,797.50
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 2 $135,319.50
Social Security Administration 2 $124,909.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 2 $141,865.00
National Science Foundation 2 $189,056.00
Indian Affairs 2 $83,734.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 1 $125,360.00
Internal Revenue Service 1 $108,934.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 1 $133,447.00
Science and Technology Directorate 1 $161,939.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1 $123,198.00
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 1 $157,709.00
Ames Research Center 1 $170,800.00
Government Printing Office 1 $130,043.00
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 1 $84,034.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 1 $95,336.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 1 $129,404.00
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 1 $157,709.00
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 1 $145,331.00
Departmental Administration 1 $145,578.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $130,043.00
Rural Utilities Service 1 $59,534.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $118,074.00

Mechanical Engineer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Mechanical Engineer is $115,580.57. The highest paid Mechanical Engineer made $189,056 in 2020.

Common Mechanical Engineer Payscales

Payscale Number of Mechanical Engineering Employees
GS - General Schedule 849
FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan 210
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 157
RG - Scientists Appointed As Fellows And Compensated Under 42 U.s.c. 209(g). Includes Non-citizens Whose Employment 21
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 20
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 19
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 4
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 3
ST - Scientific And Professional 2
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: $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

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 ExaminingProfessional 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 2020

In 2004, the average pay for a Mechanical Engineer was $85,621. Since then, the average pay has increased to $115,581 in 2020.

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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