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Mechanical Engineer - Federal Salaries of 2019

Pay Rates for "Mechanical Engineer"

How much does a Mechanical Engineer in the federal government get paid? $115,186.15* *Based on the 2019 average.

Mechanical Engineer was the 237th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2019, with 1,194 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2019, the National Institute of Standards and Technology hired the most employees titled Mechanical Engineering, with an average salary of $130,445.

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 148 $130,444.95
Federal Aviation Administration 120 $96,113.29
Bureau of Reclamation 97 $104,285.12
Environmental Protection Agency 73 $130,799.94
Department of Energy 69 $120,737.17
U.S. Coast Guard 59 $111,566.36
Public Buildings Service 51 $106,246.14
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 42 $99,499.07
Food and Drug Administration 41 $118,332.66
National Institutes of Health 40 $118,833.53
John F. Kennedy Space Center 35 $111,483.80
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 35 $120,965.00
Office of Secretary of Transportation 32 $114,294.16
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 24 $145,304.33
John C. Stennis Space Center 22 $100,875.64
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 20 $131,398.80
Consumer Product Safety Commission 20 $119,681.50
Department of State 19 $139,376.32
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 16 $122,147.56
Mine Safety and Health Administration 15 $89,038.07
Veterans Health Administration 15 $92,752.80
Maritime Administration 15 $114,547.80
Langley Research Center 13 $114,359.92
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 12 $115,102.25
Indian Health Service 12 $90,704.42
Forest Service 12 $94,504.83
Federal Bureau of Investigation 10 $111,051.25
Federal Railroad Administration 10 $140,598.00
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 10 $110,161.90
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 10 $117,774.70
National Park Service 10 $111,725.50
National Transportation Safety Board 9 $145,818.44
Rural Utilities Service 8 $108,926.38
Agricultural Research Service 6 $101,014.50
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 6 $110,679.00
Federal Acquisition Service 5 $98,860.80
U.S. Mint 4 $0.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 4 $135,880.50
Bureau of Land Management 3 $103,789.67
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 3 $120,879.00
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 3 $124,633.67
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 3 $114,882.67
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 2 $136,724.50
Government Printing Office 2 $112,393.50
Geological Survey 2 $111,080.50
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 2 $108,993.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 2 $130,720.00
Social Security Administration 2 $119,004.50
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2 $92,012.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 2 $136,141.00
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 1 $76,541.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 1 $102,477.00
Departmental Administration 1 $136,725.00
Internal Revenue Service 1 $96,391.00
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 1 $144,699.00
National Science Foundation 1 $182,627.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 1 $84,543.00
Science and Technology Directorate 1 $152,738.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $125,615.00
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 1 $152,352.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 1 $125,005.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1 $115,699.00
Customs and Border Protection 1 $0.00
Ames Research Center 1 $165,346.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 1 $89,597.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $114,262.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 1 $128,911.00

Mechanical Engineer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Mechanical Engineer is $115,186.15. The highest paid Mechanical Engineer made $192,300 in 2019.

Common Mechanical Engineer Payscales

Payscale Number of Mechanical Engineering Employees
GS - General Schedule 850
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 150
FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan 120
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 23
RG - Scientists Appointed As Fellows And Compensated Under 42 U.s.c. 209(g). Includes Non-citizens Whose Employment 21
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 13
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 3
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 3
ST - Scientific And Professional 2
PG - Printing Office Grades 2
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 2
SN - Senior Level System 1
SL - Senior Level Positions 1
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
ET - Program Director Of The Advanced Research Projects Agency-engery 1
EJ - The Department Of Energy Organization Act Excepted Service 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

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The series code of this occupation is 0830.

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