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Mechanical Engineer - Federal Salaries of 2010

Pay Rates for "Mechanical Engineer"

How much does a Mechanical Engineer in the federal government get paid? $103,960.14* *Based on the 2010 average.

Mechanical Engineer was the 154th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2010, with 1,237 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency hired the most employees titled Mechanical Engineering, with an average salary of $115,177.

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 139 $115,177.18
National Institute of Standards and Technology 121 $116,298.49
Federal Aviation Administration 89 $98,553.48
Public Buildings Service 85 $94,261.72
Department of Energy 80 $103,375.36
Bureau of Reclamation 71 $81,488.90
U.S. Coast Guard 57 $99,403.18
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 47 $128,881.64
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 46 $111,078.80
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 44 $93,619.61
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 37 $106,379.05
National Institutes of Health 34 $106,383.38
Food and Drug Administration 30 $100,760.60
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 27 $97,752.62
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 26 $109,339.69
Department of State 21 $125,403.86
John F. Kennedy Space Center 19 $90,584.37
Consumer Product Safety Commission 18 $104,776.17
Mine Safety and Health Administration 17 $89,049.29
Forest Service 16 $83,611.56
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 15 $99,822.27
National Park Service 13 $92,672.08
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 12 $106,924.17
National Transportation Safety Board 12 $126,877.67
Federal Bureau of Investigation 12 $109,681.83
Indian Health Service 11 $83,882.73
Agricultural Research Service 10 $88,296.70
Veterans Health Administration 10 $82,202.10
Langley Research Center 9 $107,985.22
John C. Stennis Space Center 9 $90,752.56
Federal Acquisition Service 7 $107,198.14
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 7 $109,042.00
Maritime Administration 7 $104,917.57
U.S. Mint 6 $97,297.83
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 6 $77,862.00
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 6 $88,103.67
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 6 $107,333.50
Federal Railroad Administration 6 $131,636.00
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 4 $87,792.25
Geological Survey 3 $86,362.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 3 $93,718.67
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 3 $102,996.33
Federal Emergency Management Agency 3 $108,570.67
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 2 $110,879.50
Internal Revenue Service 2 $108,038.50
Rural Utilities Service 2 $106,355.50
Departmental Administration 2 $139,021.00
Social Security Administration 2 $104,171.50
Government Printing Office 2 $102,654.00
Bureau of Land Management 2 $105,329.50
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 2 $118,263.50
Science and Technology Directorate 2 $124,994.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 2 $97,711.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 1 $71,554.00
National Gallery of Art 1 $99,895.00
Ames Research Center 1 $130,229.00
Indian Affairs 1 $89,450.00
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 1 $119,238.00
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing 1 $113,288.00
Customs and Border Protection 1 $89,858.00
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 1 $70,309.00
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 1 $136,771.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $61,976.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $103,872.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 1 $124,544.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 1 $140,198.00

Mechanical Engineer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Mechanical Engineer is $103,960.14. The highest paid Mechanical Engineer made $170,563 in 2010.

Common Mechanical Engineer Payscales

Payscale Number of Mechanical Engineering Employees
GS - General Schedule 915
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 127
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 83
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 44
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 22
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 20
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 6
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 5
EG - Consultant (other) 3
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 2
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 2
PG - Printing Office Grades 2
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 2
NN - Nnsa Engineering And Scientific 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
SL - Senior Level Positions 1
PD - Treasury Demonstration Project Positions 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

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The series code of this occupation is 0830.

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