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Mechanical Engineer - Federal Salaries of 2012

Pay Rates for "Mechanical Engineer"

How much does a Mechanical Engineer in the federal government get paid? $104,523.81* *Based on the 2012 average.

Mechanical Engineer was the 154th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2012, with 1,218 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2012, the National Institute of Standards and Technology hired the most employees titled Mechanical Engineering, with an average salary of $116,380.

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 125 $116,380.06
Environmental Protection Agency 111 $118,846.53
Federal Aviation Administration 92 $96,711.92
Bureau of Reclamation 78 $81,886.53
Public Buildings Service 76 $97,840.79
Department of Energy 70 $101,941.27
U.S. Coast Guard 57 $99,613.72
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 51 $109,059.20
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 43 $128,335.98
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 42 $94,696.05
National Institutes of Health 38 $102,523.92
Food and Drug Administration 34 $103,553.38
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 32 $107,048.50
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 27 $98,800.93
Department of State 24 $120,280.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 23 $111,972.35
John F. Kennedy Space Center 19 $91,053.74
Consumer Product Safety Commission 18 $106,336.61
Mine Safety and Health Administration 17 $90,861.06
Forest Service 17 $83,995.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 14 $102,684.14
National Transportation Safety Board 13 $127,114.00
National Park Service 12 $98,533.67
John C. Stennis Space Center 12 $91,450.25
Federal Bureau of Investigation 12 $111,840.67
Indian Health Service 11 $87,520.45
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 10 $100,564.10
Maritime Administration 10 $106,829.90
Langley Research Center 9 $111,882.11
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 9 $106,360.44
Federal Railroad Administration 9 $124,121.11
Veterans Health Administration 9 $87,309.33
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 8 $99,211.50
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 8 $107,279.25
Federal Acquisition Service 8 $108,942.63
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 7 $97,791.71
Agricultural Research Service 6 $89,254.00
U.S. Mint 5 $103,885.20
Geological Survey 4 $85,913.00
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 4 $87,638.50
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 3 $103,803.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 3 $113,151.00
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 3 $82,505.33
Internal Revenue Service 3 $109,811.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 2 $109,296.00
Departmental Administration 2 $137,573.50
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 2 $115,600.00
Social Security Administration 2 $106,839.00
Rural Utilities Service 2 $110,857.00
Science and Technology Directorate 2 $122,902.50
Customs and Border Protection 2 $109,808.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 2 $103,716.00
Bureau of Land Management 2 $105,534.50
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 2 $117,838.50
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 1 $122,744.00
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 1 $85,550.00
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 1 $137,271.00
National Gallery of Art 1 $103,427.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $94,179.00
Ames Research Center 1 $133,764.00
Government Printing Office 1 $103,872.00
Indian Affairs 1 $89,450.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 1 $140,198.00
Offices, Boards and Divisions 1 $108,717.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 1 $110,549.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $108,139.00

Mechanical Engineer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Mechanical Engineer is $104,523.81. The highest paid Mechanical Engineer made $169,240 in 2012.

Common Mechanical Engineer Payscales

Payscale Number of Mechanical Engineering Employees
GS - General Schedule 916
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 128
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 85
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 40
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 23
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 7
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 6
EG - Consultant (other) 3
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 2
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 2
PD - Treasury Demonstration Project Positions 1
NN - Nnsa Engineering And Scientific 1
PG - Printing Office Grades 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 1
SL - Senior Level 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

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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