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Mechanical Engineer Salary in Sector of Federal, State, and Local Government

The salary statistics of mechanical engineers in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare mechanical engineer salaries in different industries within the federal, state, and local government sector.

Average Annual Salary of Mechanical Engineers

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$62,020
25th Percentile Wage
$79,710
50th Percentile Wage
$95,410
75th Percentile Wage
$111,720
90th Percentile Wage
$125,320

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for mechanical engineers in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) mechanical engineers is $125,320. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $95,410. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid mechanical engineers is $62,020.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of mechanical engineers in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201695,4101.49%5.09%
201593,9900.83%-
201493,2101.85%-
201391,4901.03%-
201290,550--

Compare Mechanical Engineer Salary in Different Industries within the Federal, State, and Local Government Sector

The average salaries of mechanical engineers in eight industries in the federal, state, and local government sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for mechanical engineer occupations is the federal executive branch (oes designation) industry with an annual salary $96,130. The lowest paying industry is the state government, including schools and hospitals industry (annual salary $69,110). For detailed mechanical engineer salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$96,130
Federal government, including USPS
$96,080
Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$95,410
Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$93,500
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$90,360
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$88,870
Local government, including schools and hospitals
$87,310
State government, including schools and hospitals
$69,110

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].



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