Mechanical Engineer - Federal Salaries of 2008

Pay Rates for "Mechanical Engineer"

How much does a Mechanical Engineer in the federal government get paid? $99,397.37* *Based on the 2008 average.

Mechanical Engineer was the 156th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2008, with 1,104 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency hired the most employees titled Mechanical Engineering, with an average salary of $109,386.

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
Environmental Protection Agency 110 $109,385.80
National Institute of Standards and Technology 106 $111,176.42
Department of Energy 83 $98,159.33
Public Buildings Service 83 $94,024.93
Federal Aviation Administration 72 $98,980.15
Bureau of Reclamation 60 $81,893.87
U.S. Coast Guard 55 $93,998.82
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 44 $88,298.52
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 43 $122,814.23
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 41 $100,597.71
Veterans Health Administration 34 $85,748.50
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 34 $100,136.32
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 26 $101,604.85
John F. Kennedy Space Center 25 $87,999.64
National Institutes of Health 24 $101,508.92
Food and Drug Administration 24 $98,828.42
Consumer Product Safety Commission 18 $106,652.06
Department of State 17 $117,391.29
Forest Service 17 $82,409.35
Mine Safety and Health Administration 15 $84,984.33
National Park Service 14 $83,442.71
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 12 $94,713.58
National Transportation Safety Board 11 $119,057.55
Indian Health Service 11 $81,012.09
Agricultural Research Service 11 $82,559.55
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 10 $98,049.20
Langley Research Center 9 $102,554.22
Federal Bureau of Investigation 7 $113,906.00
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 7 $101,157.43
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 7 $105,515.86
Federal Acquisition Service 6 $103,622.00
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 6 $88,570.83
John C. Stennis Space Center 6 $78,807.33
Federal Railroad Administration 6 $119,817.83
Geological Survey 5 $93,898.00
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 4 $81,491.75
Maritime Administration 3 $110,610.67
U.S. Mint 3 $102,738.67
Internal Revenue Service 3 $107,444.67
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 2 $100,938.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 2 $101,939.00
Ous for Science and Technology 2 $110,841.50
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 2 $110,294.50
Indian Affairs 2 $84,394.50
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 2 $109,142.00
Government Printing Office 2 $91,259.00
Ames Research Center 2 $118,594.00
Rural Utilities Service 2 $96,075.00
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 1 $107,836.00
Bureau of Land Management 1 $90,803.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 1 $111,104.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $52,359.00
National Science Foundation 1 $152,612.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $88,826.00
Departmental Administration 1 $127,581.00
National Gallery of Art 1 $85,727.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $94,025.00
Social Security Administration 1 $107,854.00
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 1 $124,675.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 1 $121,907.00
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 1 $53,065.00
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 1 $85,161.00

Mechanical Engineer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Mechanical Engineer is $99,397.37. The highest paid Mechanical Engineer made $159,944 in 2008.

Common Mechanical Engineer Payscales

Payscale Number of Mechanical Engineering Employees
GS - General Schedule 846
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 112
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 66
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 41
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 13
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 6
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 6
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 5
EG - Consultant (other) 2
PG - Printing Office Grades 2
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 2
SL - Senior Level Positions 1
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
EE - Expert (other) 1

Starting Paygrade: $32,716.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $138,572.00 / 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
Government InformationAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Agricultural Market ReportingAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Patent ClassifyingProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Closed Microphone ReportingClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
EntomologyProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15

Average Mechanical Engineering Pay Trend from 2004 to 2017

In 2004, the average pay for a Mechanical Engineer was $85,621. Since then, the average pay has increased to $108,922 in 2017.

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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