Mechanical Engineer - Federal Salaries of 2016

Pay Rates for "Mechanical Engineer"

How much does a Mechanical Engineer in the federal government get paid? $107,727.35* *Based on the 2016 average.

Mechanical Engineer was the 157th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2016, with 1,173 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2016, the National Institute of Standards and Technology hired the most employees titled Mechanical Engineering, with an average salary of $123,273.

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 145 $123,273.31
Federal Aviation Administration 113 $92,388.16
Bureau of Reclamation 84 $83,318.24
Environmental Protection Agency 84 $123,145.55
Department of Energy 65 $111,559.28
Public Buildings Service 61 $97,146.51
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 44 $96,508.30
National Institutes of Health 41 $106,272.44
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 41 $115,660.12
Food and Drug Administration 39 $109,385.00
John F. Kennedy Space Center 37 $106,808.16
Office of Secretary of Transportation 32 $112,164.41
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 31 $132,854.52
Department of State 26 $124,319.62
Consumer Product Safety Commission 22 $112,404.86
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 22 $121,591.27
Mine Safety and Health Administration 20 $80,943.05
John C. Stennis Space Center 19 $100,980.68
Forest Service 18 $87,676.44
Veterans Health Administration 17 $86,177.06
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 15 $114,142.73
Federal Railroad Administration 14 $127,186.29
Maritime Administration 14 $111,424.86
Indian Health Service 12 $79,956.50
National Transportation Safety Board 11 $129,526.36
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 10 $109,737.40
National Park Service 10 $104,021.90
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 10 $114,216.30
Langley Research Center 10 $118,117.00
Federal Bureau of Investigation 9 $117,599.11
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 9 $105,515.56
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 8 $116,473.13
Rural Utilities Service 8 $86,999.75
Agricultural Research Service 7 $89,658.29
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 5 $85,190.40
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 5 $112,630.00
U.S. Mint 4 $104,934.50
Bureau of Land Management 4 $95,606.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 4 $120,618.50
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 4 $117,655.50
Federal Acquisition Service 4 $114,805.75
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 3 $108,615.00
Departmental Administration 2 $130,665.50
Geological Survey 2 $100,016.00
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 2 $122,317.50
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 2 $115,351.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 2 $105,658.50
Social Security Administration 2 $113,649.50
National Gallery of Art 2 $120,691.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 2 $119,794.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $114,950.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 1 $78,578.00
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 1 $131,666.00
Ous for Science and Technology 1 $117,675.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 1 $101,361.00
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 1 $96,008.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 1 $127,036.00
Internal Revenue Service 1 $116,417.00
Ames Research Center 1 $146,602.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $100,550.00
Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary for Management 1 $75,839.00
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 1 $141,955.00
Indian Affairs 1 $92,316.00
Chemical Safety/Hazard Investigation Board 1 $56,151.00
Government Printing Office 1 $110,578.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 1 $157,971.00

Mechanical Engineer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Mechanical Engineer is $107,727.35. The highest paid Mechanical Engineer made $185,600 in 2016.

Common Mechanical Engineer Payscales

Payscale Number of Mechanical Engineering Employees
GS - General Schedule 833
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 145
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 113
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 29
RG - Code For Use By Hhs Only. 19
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 11
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 3
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 3
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 3
ER - Scientific Engr Pr Per Of Adv Res Pr Ag 3
ET - Pro Dir Of The Adv Res Prj Ag-en 2
ST - Scientific And Professional 2
SL - Senior Level Positions 1
PG - Printing Office Grades 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 1
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 1
EJ - Dept Of Energy Org Act Excepted Service 1
EG - Consultant (other) 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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