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Mechanical Engineer - Federal Salaries of 2017

Pay Rates for "Mechanical Engineer"

How much does a Mechanical Engineer in the federal government get paid? $108,922.12* *Based on the 2017 average.

Mechanical Engineer was the 154th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2017, with 1,183 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2017, the National Institute of Standards and Technology hired the most employees titled Mechanical Engineering, with an average salary of $125,756.

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 149 $125,756.40
Federal Aviation Administration 128 $92,458.19
Bureau of Reclamation 83 $84,714.61
Environmental Protection Agency 80 $125,982.41
Department of Energy 68 $112,580.62
Public Buildings Service 58 $100,094.09
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 45 $97,328.33
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 42 $114,274.86
National Institutes of Health 41 $109,476.83
John F. Kennedy Space Center 39 $109,890.15
Food and Drug Administration 36 $111,323.25
Office of Secretary of Transportation 33 $115,382.42
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 29 $138,059.97
Department of State 25 $131,200.76
Consumer Product Safety Commission 22 $112,780.86
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 22 $122,000.64
John C. Stennis Space Center 20 $99,080.25
Mine Safety and Health Administration 20 $85,575.35
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 16 $117,523.56
Forest Service 15 $88,807.93
Veterans Health Administration 14 $89,504.79
Langley Research Center 13 $112,451.08
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 13 $113,620.23
Federal Bureau of Investigation 12 $101,209.55
Maritime Administration 11 $115,203.82
Federal Railroad Administration 11 $130,535.55
Indian Health Service 11 $84,439.27
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 10 $106,733.20
National Park Service 10 $107,379.70
National Transportation Safety Board 10 $137,050.60
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 10 $104,904.30
Rural Utilities Service 10 $95,289.10
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 9 $111,141.56
Agricultural Research Service 6 $96,860.50
U.S. Mint 4 $1,257.50
Goddard Space Flight Center 4 $125,919.50
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 4 $83,381.75
Federal Acquisition Service 4 $117,785.75
Bureau of Land Management 4 $99,905.75
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 3 $113,998.67
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 3 $117,453.67
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 3 $113,847.00
Geological Survey 2 $102,229.50
Internal Revenue Service 2 $105,857.50
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 2 $129,430.00
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 2 $116,793.00
Social Security Administration 2 $118,794.50
National Gallery of Art 2 $129,440.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 2 $130,428.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 1 $79,847.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $106,367.00
Ames Research Center 1 $151,794.00
Government Printing Office 1 $116,914.00
Indian Affairs 1 $93,821.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 1 $65,228.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 1 $95,996.00
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 1 $138,910.00
Science and Technology Directorate 1 $124,366.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1 $110,595.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 1 $121,692.00
Customs and Border Protection 1 $94,465.00
U.S. Coast Guard 1 $65,837.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 1 $121,389.00
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 1 $145,629.00
Chemical Safety/Hazard Investigation Board 1 $60,555.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 1 $112,021.00
Departmental Administration 1 $126,958.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $116,914.00

Mechanical Engineer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Mechanical Engineer is $108,922.12. The highest paid Mechanical Engineer made $188,000 in 2017.

Common Mechanical Engineer Payscales

Payscale Number of Mechanical Engineering Employees
GS - General Schedule 831
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 151
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 128
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 28
RG - Code For Use By Hhs Only. 17
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 8
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
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 2
EJ - Dept Of Energy Org Act Excepted Service 2
ET - Pro Dir Of The Adv Res Prj Ag-en 2
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 1
PG - Printing Office Grades 1
ST - Scientific And Professional 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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