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Mechanical Engineer - Federal Salaries of 2011

Pay Rates for "Mechanical Engineer"

How much does a Mechanical Engineer in the federal government get paid? $104,613.68* *Based on the 2011 average.

Mechanical Engineer was the 153rd most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2011, with 1,212 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency hired the most employees titled Mechanical Engineering, with an average salary of $115,837.

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 125 $115,836.70
National Institute of Standards and Technology 118 $119,898.00
Federal Aviation Administration 89 $96,585.40
Public Buildings Service 80 $96,390.75
Bureau of Reclamation 74 $82,208.34
Department of Energy 69 $104,090.06
U.S. Coast Guard 55 $99,274.29
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 49 $109,917.27
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 47 $125,350.66
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 42 $94,852.74
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 35 $108,515.89
National Institutes of Health 33 $108,091.61
Food and Drug Administration 30 $102,390.47
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 25 $109,515.08
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 23 $96,929.83
Department of State 22 $122,554.27
Consumer Product Safety Commission 19 $103,508.63
John F. Kennedy Space Center 18 $93,391.44
Mine Safety and Health Administration 16 $88,987.50
Forest Service 16 $85,330.88
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 16 $101,946.00
National Transportation Safety Board 14 $123,925.21
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 14 $103,278.29
John C. Stennis Space Center 13 $91,734.92
National Park Service 13 $93,325.38
Federal Bureau of Investigation 12 $109,241.33
Indian Health Service 10 $87,927.70
Veterans Health Administration 10 $87,557.90
Langley Research Center 9 $110,645.00
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 9 $102,257.67
Maritime Administration 9 $103,895.44
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 8 $106,600.13
Federal Acquisition Service 8 $108,232.50
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 7 $110,701.71
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 7 $88,395.71
Agricultural Research Service 7 $92,333.29
Federal Railroad Administration 7 $125,356.14
U.S. Mint 4 $98,775.00
Geological Survey 4 $85,243.50
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 4 $88,167.25
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 3 $105,469.67
Federal Emergency Management Agency 3 $106,839.00
Internal Revenue Service 3 $108,961.00
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 3 $80,975.67
Government Printing Office 2 $101,004.00
Departmental Administration 2 $140,106.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 2 $114,116.50
Social Security Administration 2 $105,355.50
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 2 $117,838.50
Science and Technology Directorate 2 $125,716.50
Rural Utilities Service 2 $110,323.00
Bureau of Land Management 2 $105,079.50
Customs and Border Protection 2 $109,808.00
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 1 $72,602.00
Indian Affairs 1 $89,450.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 1 $74,646.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $105,172.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $91,141.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $87,278.00
National Gallery of Art 1 $99,936.00
Offices, Boards and Divisions 1 $105,211.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 1 $124,944.00
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 1 $137,771.00
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 1 $119,238.00
Ames Research Center 1 $134,084.00

Mechanical Engineer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Mechanical Engineer is $104,613.68. The highest paid Mechanical Engineer made $171,330 in 2011.

Common Mechanical Engineer Payscales

Payscale Number of Mechanical Engineering Employees
GS - General Schedule 910
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 121
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 83
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 43
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 23
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 8
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 6
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 4
EG - Consultant (other) 3
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 2
ED - Expert (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

Starting Paygrade: $36,070.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $152,771.00 / 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 ClassifyingProfessional 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 2021

In 2004, the average pay for a Mechanical Engineer was $85,621. Since then, the average pay has increased to $119,143 in 2021.

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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