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Mechanical Engineer - Federal Salaries of 2004

Pay Rates for "Mechanical Engineer"

How much does a Mechanical Engineer in the federal government get paid? $85,621.05* *Based on the 2004 average.

Mechanical Engineer was the 154th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2004, with 1,096 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2004, the National Institute of Standards and Technology hired the most employees titled Mechanical Engineering, with an average salary of $96,853.

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 104 $96,853.15
Environmental Protection Agency 98 $96,969.17
Public Buildings Service 82 $81,463.18
Department of Energy 75 $85,704.21
Federal Aviation Administration 69 $83,241.16
Bureau of Reclamation 63 $73,594.22
U.S. Coast Guard 59 $81,075.92
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 38 $85,084.55
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 37 $106,459.89
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 37 $78,212.95
Veterans Health Administration 35 $69,411.97
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 34 $86,473.63
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 26 $85,411.19
Food and Drug Administration 26 $84,625.23
National Institutes of Health 22 $88,806.14
Department of State 19 $103,047.74
Consumer Product Safety Commission 18 $89,038.61
Forest Service 17 $71,464.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 17 $69,469.24
Mine Safety and Health Administration 16 $80,467.80
Indian Health Service 15 $65,318.29
Agricultural Research Service 13 $68,651.38
National Park Service 13 $77,338.31
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 12 $84,112.08
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 11 $86,769.00
Federal Bureau of Investigation 10 $98,366.70
Langley Research Center 9 $80,218.67
John F. Kennedy Space Center 9 $73,826.11
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 9 $89,490.44
Federal Supply Service 8 $84,803.25
Geological Survey 8 $71,621.88
National Transportation Safety Board 7 $87,056.71
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 7 $85,600.43
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 6 $83,032.50
Federal Railroad Administration 6 $99,412.83
U.S. Mint 6 $82,799.83
Internal Revenue Service 4 $94,520.25
Ames Research Center 4 $88,768.50
Maritime Administration 3 $92,043.67
Indian Affairs 3 $75,364.00
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 3 $76,677.33
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 2 $92,581.00
Health Resources and Services Administration 2 $87,489.50
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 2 $92,728.50
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 2 $88,934.50
National Science Foundation 2 $124,212.00
Government Printing Office 2 $60,638.00
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 2 $90,896.50
Federal Emergency Management Agency 2 $79,647.50
Customs and Border Protection 2 $74,337.50
Bureau of Land Management 1 $78,166.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 1 $93,732.00
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 1 $79,319.00
Science and Technology Directorate 1 $80,042.00
Transportation Security Administration 1 $105,422.00
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 1 $102,253.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $31,302.00
Presidio Trust 1 $76,619.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 1 $88,051.00
Bureau of the Census 1 $74,785.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 1 $93,733.00
Rural Utilities Service 1 $72,108.00
Departmental Administration 1 $102,253.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 1 $99,413.00
Federal Highway Administration 1 $110,279.00
Social Security Administration 1 $93,742.00
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 1 $81,723.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 1 $100,701.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $99,413.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $54,751.00

Mechanical Engineer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Mechanical Engineer is $85,621.05. The highest paid Mechanical Engineer made $156,491 in 2004.

Common Mechanical Engineer Payscales

Payscale Number of Mechanical Engineering Employees
GS - General Schedule 843
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 109
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 65
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 33
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 15
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 9
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 5
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 4
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 3
PD - Treasury Demonstration Project Positions 2
EG - Consultant (other) 2
EE - Expert (other) 2
PG - Printing Office Grades 2
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 1

Starting Paygrade: $33,903.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $143,598.00 / 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 2019

In 2004, the average pay for a Mechanical Engineer was $85,621. Since then, the average pay has increased to $115,186 in 2019.

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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