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Mechanical Engineer - Federal Salaries of 2006

Pay Rates for "Mechanical Engineer"

How much does a Mechanical Engineer in the federal government get paid? $92,170.27* *Based on the 2006 average.

Mechanical Engineer was the 152nd most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2006, with 1,077 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2006, the National Institute of Standards and Technology hired the most employees titled Mechanical Engineering, with an average salary of $102,663.

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 107 $102,662.68
Environmental Protection Agency 103 $102,485.27
Public Buildings Service 84 $86,518.48
Department of Energy 78 $91,116.90
Federal Aviation Administration 73 $90,657.67
Bureau of Reclamation 64 $77,244.22
U.S. Coast Guard 58 $87,342.76
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 42 $83,119.52
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 41 $112,018.37
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 36 $95,566.44
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 33 $93,643.52
Veterans Health Administration 30 $77,928.30
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 26 $92,553.65
Food and Drug Administration 23 $89,493.45
Department of State 21 $107,257.00
National Institutes of Health 20 $95,277.10
Mine Safety and Health Administration 17 $78,651.94
Consumer Product Safety Commission 16 $98,375.00
Agricultural Research Service 13 $74,998.46
Forest Service 13 $79,974.54
Indian Health Service 12 $71,430.75
John F. Kennedy Space Center 12 $80,364.92
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 12 $89,589.08
National Park Service 11 $83,273.00
Federal Bureau of Investigation 10 $104,890.50
National Transportation Safety Board 9 $99,859.67
Langley Research Center 8 $96,120.63
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 8 $88,430.63
John C. Stennis Space Center 8 $75,297.75
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 8 $100,376.63
Federal Supply Service 7 $91,075.57
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 7 $93,124.29
Geological Survey 6 $89,661.50
Federal Railroad Administration 6 $107,656.33
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 5 $92,607.60
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 4 $72,669.50
U.S. Mint 4 $89,951.00
Indian Affairs 3 $81,565.67
Maritime Administration 3 $101,392.00
Internal Revenue Service 3 $101,906.00
Government Printing Office 2 $79,931.00
Rural Utilities Service 2 $86,375.50
Ames Research Center 2 $102,621.50
Science and Technology Directorate 2 $103,160.50
Federal Emergency Management Agency 2 $87,810.50
Customs and Border Protection 2 $79,265.50
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 2 $101,677.00
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 1 $116,281.00
Health Resources and Services Administration 1 $102,537.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $32,755.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 1 $100,547.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 1 $121,802.00
Bureau of the Census 1 $82,391.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 1 $106,919.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $85,086.00
Departmental Administration 1 $115,781.00
Bureau of Land Management 1 $83,786.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 1 $103,594.00
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 1 $94,454.00
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 1 $100,554.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 1 $81,480.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 1 $109,687.00
Federal Highway Administration 1 $117,654.00
Social Security Administration 1 $100,554.00
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 1 $90,242.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $109,687.00

Mechanical Engineer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Mechanical Engineer is $92,170.27. The highest paid Mechanical Engineer made $148,605 in 2006.

Common Mechanical Engineer Payscales

Payscale Number of Mechanical Engineering Employees
GS - General Schedule 825
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 112
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 68
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 37
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 10
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 7
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 5
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 3
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 3
EG - Consultant (other) 2
PG - Printing Office Grades 2
PD - Treasury Demonstration Project Positions 1
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
EE - Expert (other) 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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