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Mechanical Engineer - Federal Salaries of 2007

Pay Rates for "Mechanical Engineer"

How much does a Mechanical Engineer in the federal government get paid? $95,141.02* *Based on the 2007 average.

Mechanical Engineer was the 155th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2007, with 1,100 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2007, the National Institute of Standards and Technology hired the most employees titled Mechanical Engineering, with an average salary of $104,016.

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 106 $104,016.00
Environmental Protection Agency 106 $105,779.81
Public Buildings Service 83 $89,776.12
Department of Energy 79 $93,483.70
Federal Aviation Administration 71 $93,679.72
Bureau of Reclamation 63 $78,833.32
U.S. Coast Guard 58 $89,408.36
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 46 $84,222.11
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 43 $118,009.30
Veterans Health Administration 38 $80,528.58
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 38 $98,097.53
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 35 $96,196.23
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 26 $97,190.38
Food and Drug Administration 23 $94,029.61
John F. Kennedy Space Center 21 $85,396.05
Department of State 19 $111,567.63
National Institutes of Health 16 $97,797.69
Consumer Product Safety Commission 16 $102,093.56
Mine Safety and Health Administration 15 $82,827.07
Forest Service 15 $80,185.13
Indian Health Service 13 $73,398.38
National Transportation Safety Board 13 $112,930.31
National Park Service 12 $86,675.42
Agricultural Research Service 11 $78,985.91
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 11 $98,234.64
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 10 $99,707.50
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 10 $100,424.60
Federal Bureau of Investigation 10 $107,836.40
Langley Research Center 8 $98,835.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 8 $80,647.75
Federal Acquisition Service 6 $97,886.17
Federal Railroad Administration 6 $111,543.33
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 6 $93,192.00
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 6 $97,478.17
Geological Survey 5 $89,838.00
U.S. Mint 4 $93,155.50
Internal Revenue Service 4 $103,494.25
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 4 $77,607.00
Indian Affairs 3 $84,692.67
Maritime Administration 3 $105,985.33
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 2 $103,916.50
Government Printing Office 2 $84,691.00
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 2 $105,822.00
Science and Technology Directorate 2 $106,811.50
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 2 $91,755.50
Ames Research Center 2 $111,702.50
Rural Utilities Service 2 $89,985.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 2 $92,500.50
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 1 $111,938.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $87,588.00
Departmental Administration 1 $124,967.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 1 $112,886.00
Federal Highway Administration 1 $121,967.00
Social Security Administration 1 $103,220.00
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 1 $95,279.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $41,262.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 1 $103,204.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 1 $125,021.00
Bureau of Land Management 1 $87,847.00
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 1 $100,077.00
Customs and Border Protection 1 $82,709.00
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 1 $119,340.00

Mechanical Engineer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Mechanical Engineer is $95,141.02. The highest paid Mechanical Engineer made $153,940 in 2007.

Common Mechanical Engineer Payscales

Payscale Number of Mechanical Engineering Employees
GS - General Schedule 842
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 113
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 65
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 39
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 12
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 9
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 6
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 4
EG - Consultant (other) 3
PG - Printing Office Grades 2
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 2
PD - Treasury Demonstration Project Positions 1
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
SL - Senior Level Positions 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

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The series code of this occupation is 0830.

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