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Mechanical Engineer - Federal Salaries of 2015

Pay Rates for "Mechanical Engineer"

How much does a Mechanical Engineer in the federal government get paid? $106,791.19* *Based on the 2015 average.

Mechanical Engineer was the 155th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2015, with 1,163 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2015, the National Institute of Standards and Technology hired the most employees titled Mechanical Engineering, with an average salary of $120,045.

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 140 $120,044.56
Federal Aviation Administration 102 $94,963.64
Environmental Protection Agency 92 $121,267.96
Bureau of Reclamation 82 $82,886.39
Department of Energy 66 $110,574.30
Public Buildings Service 66 $99,468.14
U.S. Coast Guard 54 $101,568.72
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 47 $112,224.68
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 39 $99,476.72
National Institutes of Health 38 $109,340.71
Food and Drug Administration 35 $104,074.14
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 31 $132,920.35
Office of Secretary of Transportation 31 $107,832.26
John F. Kennedy Space Center 27 $102,136.74
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 22 $116,560.82
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 22 $110,895.50
Consumer Product Safety Commission 21 $109,384.10
Mine Safety and Health Administration 19 $84,304.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 16 $96,513.19
Forest Service 16 $85,570.25
Maritime Administration 12 $106,283.00
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 11 $101,646.18
National Transportation Safety Board 11 $126,330.55
Federal Railroad Administration 11 $127,134.91
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 11 $116,632.27
Veterans Health Administration 11 $81,776.45
Langley Research Center 10 $114,141.70
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 10 $107,603.20
National Park Service 9 $101,197.78
Indian Health Service 9 $87,934.22
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 8 $113,114.88
Agricultural Research Service 8 $93,583.57
Federal Bureau of Investigation 7 $128,881.43
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 5 $110,553.60
Federal Acquisition Service 5 $101,135.00
U.S. Mint 4 $100,596.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 4 $118,287.50
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 4 $115,317.25
Bureau of Land Management 4 $93,926.25
Federal Emergency Management Agency 3 $110,120.33
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 3 $89,775.33
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 2 $111,154.50
Ous for Science and Technology 2 $126,432.50
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 2 $120,707.50
Dryden Flight Research Center 2 $100,720.50
National Gallery of Art 2 $120,804.00
Social Security Administration 2 $110,738.00
Internal Revenue Service 2 $112,774.00
Departmental Administration 2 $128,790.00
Rural Utilities Service 2 $115,140.00
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 2 $96,587.50
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 2 $113,808.00
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 1 $140,073.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 1 $151,496.00
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 1 $91,814.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 1 $99,905.00
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 1 $128,790.00
Chemical Safety/Hazard Investigation Board 1 $51,987.00
Indian Affairs 1 $91,255.00
Geological Survey 1 $115,778.00
Government Printing Office 1 $108,987.00
Ames Research Center 1 $140,422.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 1 $75,336.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 1 $139,523.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 1 $125,213.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $113,014.00
Offices, Boards and Divisions 1 $118,057.00

Mechanical Engineer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Mechanical Engineer is $106,791.19. The highest paid Mechanical Engineer made $183,300 in 2015.

Common Mechanical Engineer Payscales

Payscale Number of Mechanical Engineering Employees
GS - General Schedule 842
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 141
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 102
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 29
RG - Code For Use By Hhs Only. 14
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 10
ER - Scientific Engr Pr Per Of Adv Res Pr Ag 4
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 4
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 3
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 3
ST - Scientific And Professional 2
ET - Pro Dir Of The Adv Res Prj Ag-en 2
IC - Federal Emergency Management Agency Use 1
PG - Printing Office Grades 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
EG - Consultant (other) 1
SL - Senior Level Positions 1
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 1
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 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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