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Mechanical Engineer - Federal Salaries of 2018

Pay Rates for "Mechanical Engineer"

How much does a Mechanical Engineer in the federal government get paid? $109,411.90* *Based on the 2018 average.

Mechanical Engineer was the 152nd most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2018, with 1,244 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2018, the National Institute of Standards and Technology hired the most employees titled Mechanical Engineering, with an average salary of $127,204.

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 151 $127,204.13
Federal Aviation Administration 129 $92,926.92
Bureau of Reclamation 85 $83,925.59
Environmental Protection Agency 80 $126,517.30
Department of Energy 68 $112,910.88
U.S. Coast Guard 60 $104,163.87
Public Buildings Service 58 $100,451.19
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 43 $96,952.65
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 42 $114,429.45
National Institutes of Health 41 $109,476.83
John F. Kennedy Space Center 39 $109,963.77
Food and Drug Administration 36 $111,494.83
Office of Secretary of Transportation 33 $115,462.73
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 29 $138,220.28
Department of State 25 $131,240.76
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 22 $122,000.64
Consumer Product Safety Commission 22 $112,973.18
John C. Stennis Space Center 20 $99,080.25
Mine Safety and Health Administration 20 $85,730.55
Forest Service 16 $89,278.06
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 15 $117,682.07
Veterans Health Administration 15 $87,972.87
Langley Research Center 13 $112,671.08
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 13 $113,620.23
Federal Bureau of Investigation 12 $111,254.00
Maritime Administration 11 $115,203.82
Indian Health Service 11 $84,694.36
Federal Railroad Administration 11 $131,214.55
National Park Service 10 $108,039.20
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 10 $106,733.20
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 10 $104,904.30
Rural Utilities Service 10 $95,289.10
National Transportation Safety Board 9 $137,757.11
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 9 $111,141.56
Agricultural Research Service 6 $96,860.50
Bureau of Land Management 4 $99,905.75
Goddard Space Flight Center 4 $125,919.50
U.S. Mint 4 $0.00
Federal Acquisition Service 4 $117,785.75
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 3 $113,847.00
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 3 $91,053.33
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 3 $113,998.67
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 3 $117,453.67
National Gallery of Art 2 $129,440.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 2 $130,428.00
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 2 $116,793.00
Geological Survey 2 $102,229.50
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 2 $129,430.00
Internal Revenue Service 2 $105,857.50
Social Security Administration 2 $118,794.50
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 $80,789.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 1 $95,996.00
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 1 $138,910.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 1 $112,021.00
Departmental Administration 1 $126,958.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $118,664.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 1 $82,253.00
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
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

Mechanical Engineer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Mechanical Engineer is $109,411.90. The highest paid Mechanical Engineer made $188,000 in 2018.

Common Mechanical Engineer Payscales

Payscale Number of Mechanical Engineering Employees
GS - General Schedule 889
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 153
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 129
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: $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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