Mechanical Engineer - Federal Salaries of 2013

Pay Rates for "Mechanical Engineer"

How much does a Mechanical Engineer in the federal government get paid? $104,922.53* *Based on the 2013 average.

Mechanical Engineer was the 154th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2013, with 1,197 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2013, the National Institute of Standards and Technology hired the most employees titled Mechanical Engineering, with an average salary of $118,191.

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 124 $118,190.68
Environmental Protection Agency 101 $118,351.04
Federal Aviation Administration 90 $98,252.53
Bureau of Reclamation 79 $80,622.28
Public Buildings Service 70 $99,687.89
Department of Energy 68 $104,686.76
U.S. Coast Guard 57 $99,110.35
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 51 $108,325.59
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 41 $95,339.41
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 37 $129,203.49
National Institutes of Health 37 $104,136.89
Food and Drug Administration 36 $104,496.17
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 34 $104,882.76
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 29 $104,025.52
Department of State 25 $121,096.12
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 23 $112,237.65
John F. Kennedy Space Center 19 $91,746.63
Mine Safety and Health Administration 18 $87,487.39
Consumer Product Safety Commission 18 $104,208.06
Forest Service 17 $85,476.65
John C. Stennis Space Center 15 $93,674.40
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 14 $104,643.07
National Park Service 12 $99,270.33
National Transportation Safety Board 12 $123,222.67
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 11 $104,903.18
Federal Bureau of Investigation 11 $114,713.73
Indian Health Service 10 $87,740.00
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 10 $98,922.50
Langley Research Center 9 $115,280.67
Federal Railroad Administration 9 $126,311.00
Maritime Administration 9 $110,957.44
Veterans Health Administration 9 $89,771.78
Federal Acquisition Service 8 $98,422.25
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 8 $106,189.25
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 7 $108,627.67
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 6 $102,530.67
Agricultural Research Service 5 $93,662.00
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 4 $88,254.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 4 $112,381.25
Internal Revenue Service 3 $110,957.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 3 $101,044.67
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 3 $84,065.33
Geological Survey 3 $81,230.00
U.S. Mint 3 $99,128.33
National Gallery of Art 2 $110,071.00
Social Security Administration 2 $106,839.00
Ous for Science and Technology 2 $122,402.50
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 2 $115,600.00
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 2 $117,838.50
Bureau of Land Management 2 $105,079.50
Dryden Flight Research Center 2 $73,171.50
Export-Import Bank of the United States 2 $109,296.00
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 2 $109,808.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 2 $102,278.00
Rural Utilities Service 2 $109,807.00
Departmental Administration 2 $136,771.00
Government Printing Office 1 $103,872.00
Ames Research Center 1 $137,360.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 1 $68,849.00
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 1 $136,771.00
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 1 $87,278.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $108,139.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 1 $119,238.00
Offices, Boards and Divisions 1 $112,224.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 1 $148,510.00
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 1 $122,744.00
Indian Affairs 1 $89,450.00

Mechanical Engineer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Mechanical Engineer is $104,922.53. The highest paid Mechanical Engineer made $165,300 in 2013.

Common Mechanical Engineer Payscales

Payscale Number of Mechanical Engineering Employees
GS - General Schedule 909
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 127
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 83
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 35
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 21
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 7
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 5
EG - Consultant (other) 3
SL - Senior Level Positions 1
NN - Nnsa Engineering And Scientific 1
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 1
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
PG - Printing Office Grades 1
ST - Scientific And Professional 1
SN - Senior Level System 1

Starting Paygrade: $33,567.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $142,180.00 / 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 2018

In 2004, the average pay for a Mechanical Engineer was $85,621. Since then, the average pay has increased to $109,412 in 2018.

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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