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2016 General Schedule Pay Scale

Page updated 8/27/2016

2016 GS Pay Scale | General Schedule Pay Scale

All General Schedule (GS) government employees in the U.S. earn more than the base rate pay through locality adjustments. Locality pay rates for all areas are listed on this site. For those not in a specific locality area use the table titled Rest of U.S. The GS-9 step-1 pay on the Base Rate Chart is $42,823. The same grade pays $48,403 on the Rest of U.S. chart and $58,132 in the San Jose, San Francisco-Oakland areas. Look up the locality tables for your metropolitan area to determine the actual salary for your location.

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2016 Annual Rates by Grade and Step

A 1% across the board increase for 2016 was approved and sign by the president for all federal employees and locality pay increases costing approximately 0.3 percent of basic payroll, reflecting an overall average pay increase of 1.3 percent.   

Approximately 10 percent of total federal non-postal employment is classified under the Wage Grade (WG) blue-collar pay schedules. Wage Grade workers, typically those who work in the trades or general labor, are placed in a five step pay system and the pay is based on competitive rates that are established by an annual wage survey. The Department of Defense employs the largest number of Wage Grade workers. If you work in this group view the Wage Grade Rate Tables for these occupations.

Salary Charts & Pay Information:

 

 

SALARY TABLE 2016-GS

INCORPORATING THE 1% GENERAL SCHEDULE INCREASE

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2016

Check out the 2016 GS pay scale below. Annual base rates by grade and step

Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10 WGI
1

18343

18956

19566

20173

20783

21140

21743

22351

22375

22941

VARIES
2

20623

21114

21797

22375

22629

23295

23961

24627

25293

25959

VARIES
3

22502

23252

24002

24752

25502

26252

27002

27752

28502

29252

750
4

25261

26103

26945

27787

28629

29471

30313

31155

31997

32839

842
5

28262

29204

30146

31088

32030

32972

33914

34856

35798

36740

942
6

31504

32554

33604

34654

35704

36754

37804

38854

39904

40954

1050
7

35009

36176

37343

38510

39677

40844

42011

43178

44345

45512

1167
8

38771

40063

41355

42647

43939

45231

46523

47815

49107

50399

1292
9

42823

44250

45677

47104

48531

49958

51385

52812

54239

55666

1427
10

47158

48730

50302

51874

53446

55018

56590

58162

59734

61306

1572
11

51811

53538

55265

56992

58719

60446

62173

63900

65627

67354

1727
12

62101

64171

66241

68311

70381

72451

74521

76591

78661

80731

2070
13

73846

76308

78770

81232

83694

86156

88618

91080

93542

96004

2462
14

87263

90172

93081

95990

98899

101808

104717

107626

110535

113444

2909
15

102646

106068

109490

112912

116334

119756

123178

126600

130022

133444

3422


2016 HOURLY RATE SCHEDULE

 

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2016 Hourly Basic

  • (B) Rates by Grade and Step 
  • Hourly Overtime (O) Rates by Grade and Step
Grade B/O Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
1 B 8.79 9.08 9.38 9.67 9.96 10.13 10.42 10.71 10.72 10.99
O 13.19 13.62 14.07 14.51 14.94 15.20 15.63 16.07 16.08 16.49
2 B 9.88 10.12 10.44 10.72 10.84 11.16 11.48 11.80 12.12 12.44
O 14.82 15.18 15.66 16.08 16.26 16.74 17.22 17.70 18.18 18.66
3 B 10.78 11.14 11.50 11.86 12.22 12.58 12.94 13.30 13.66 14.02
O 16.17 16.71 17.25 17.79 18.33 18.87 19.41 19.95 20.49 21.03
4 B 12.10 12.51 12.91 13.31 13.72 14.12 14.52 14.93 15.33 15.74
O 18.15 18.77 19.37 19.97 20.58 21.18 21.78 22.40 23.00 23.61
5 B 13.54 13.99 14.44 14.90 15.35 15.80 16.25 16.70 17.15 17.60
O 20.31 20.99 21.66 22.35 23.03 23.70 24.38 25.05 25.73 26.40
6 B 15.10 15.60 16.10 16.60 17.11 17.61 18.11 18.62 19.12 19.62
O 22.65 23.40 24.15 24.90 25.67 26.42 27.17 27.93 28.68 29.43
7 B 16.77 17.33 17.89 18.45 19.01 19.57 20.13 20.69 21.25 21.81
O 25.16 26.00 26.84 27.68 28.52 29.36 30.20 31.04 31.88 32.72
8 B 18.58 19.20 19.82 20.43 21.05 21.67 22.29 22.91 23.53 24.15
O 27.87 28.80 29.73 30.65 31.58 32.51 33.44 33.90 33.90 33.90
9 B 20.52 21.20 21.89 22.57 23.25 23.94 24.62 25.31 25.99 26.67
O 30.78 31.80 32.84 33.86 33.90 33.90 33.90 33.90 33.90 33.90
10 B 22.60 23.35 24.10 24.86 25.61 26.36 27.12 27.87 28.62 29.38
O 33.90 33.90 33.90 33.90 33.90 33.90 33.90 33.90 33.90 33.90
11 B 24.83 25.65 26.48 27.31 28.14 28.96 29.79 30.62 31.45 32.27
O 33.90 33.90 33.90 33.90 33.90 33.90 33.90 33.90 33.90 33.90
12 B 29.76 30.75 31.74 32.73 33.72 34.72 35.71 36.70 37.69 38.68
O 33.90 33.90 33.90 33.90 33.90 34.72 35.71 36.70 37.69 38.68
13 B 35.38 36.56 37.74 38.92 40.10 41.28 42.46 43.64 44.82 46.00
O 35.38 36.56 37.74 38.92 40.10 41.28 42.46 43.64 44.82 46.00
14 B 41.81 43.21 44.60 45.99 47.39 48.78 50.18 51.57 52.96 54.36
O 41.81 43.21 44.60 45.99 47.39 48.78 50.18 51.57 52.96 54.36
15 B 49.18 50.82 52.46 54.10 55.74 57.38 59.02 60.66 62.30 63.94
O 49.18 50.82 52.46 54.10 55.74 57.38 59.02 60.66 62.30 63.94


SALARY TABLE 2015-RUS

 

For the Locality Pay Areas of Rest of U.S. (14.35% above base rates)

Annual Rates by Grade and Step

Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
1

20733

21426

22115

22801

23491

23895

24576

25264

25290

25928

2

23310

23865

24637

25290

25575

26328

27080

27832

28585

29337

3

25434

26282

27130

27978

28827

29675

30523

31371

32219

33068

4

28553

29505

30457

31409

32361

33313

34265

35217

36169

37121

5

31944

33009

34074

35140

36205

37270

38335

39400

40465

41530

6

35609

36796

37983

39171

40358

41545

42732

43920

45107

46294

7

39570

40889

42207

43526

44844

46163

47481

48800

50119

51437

8

43823

45284

46745

48206

49668

51129

52590

54051

55513

56974

9

48403

50016

51629

53242

54855

56468

58081

59694

61307

62920

10

53302

55079

56855

58631

60408

62184

63960

65737

67513

69289

11

58562

60514

62466

64418

66370

68322

70275

72227

74179

76131

12

70192

72533

74873

77213

79554

81894

84234

86574

88915

91255

13

83468

86250

89032

91814

94596

97378

100161

102943

105725

108507

14

98633

101921

105209

108497

111784

115072

118360

121648

124936

128223

15

116021

119889

123756

127624

131492

135360

139227

143095

146963

150830

General Schedule (GS) How it Works

General Schedule (GS) base pay varies from the GS-1 level at $18,160.81 per annum to $130,810 per annum at step 10 of the GS-15 grade, not including locality pay adjustments. The Senior Executive Service salary tops out at $179,700 per annum. The average annual salary for full-time non-postal employees has increased to just over $83,500 in 2014. Starting pay depends on the level of experience, education and complexity of the position applied for. You may also be able to negotiate your starting salary if your previous employer pay was greater than step 1 of the pay grade you are hired into.

Each GS grade has 10 pay steps. Currently, a GS-9 starts at $41,979 for step 1 and reaches $54,570 per year at step 10 (not including locality pay adjustments). At the GS-9 grade, each pay step adds $1,399 to the annual salary. Pay steps are earned based on time in service and the employee’s work performance. General Schedule employees are referred to as white-collar workers under the federal classification system. There are 36 locality pay areas.

Locality Payments

Locality pay adjustments basically level the playing field for all federal employees across the country. Essentially the 47 designated locality areas they provide a salary adjustment for those living in higher cost areas. The lowest adjustment to the basic rate schedule listed above is 14.35 % for the "Rest of the US." This group includes federal employees that do not reside in one of the 47 locality rate areas. The highest locality rate of 35.75% is for the San Jose, San-Francisco-Oakland California locality area.  You can determine what you salary would be at any location by using OPM's salary calculator that you will find under resources on this page. 

 

UPDATE: Thirteen cities were added to the 2016 locality rate tables. The 13 cities include Albany, N.Y.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Austin, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; Colorado Springs, Co.; Davenport, Iowa; Harrisburg, Pa.; Kansas City, Mo.; Laredo, Texas; Las Vegas, Nev.; Palm Bay, Fla.; St. Louis, Mo.; and Tucson, Ariz.

Basic Pay

It's important to note that a locality rate is considered basic pay for computing the following, as applicable:

  • Deductions for benefits including retirement
  • Premiums for life insurance and benefits
  • Premium pay and premium pay limitations
  • Pay Advances
  • Severance pay
  • Lump-sum payments for accrued and accumulated annual leave
  • Post differentials under 5 U.S.C. 5925(a) and danger pay allowances under 5 U.S.C. 5928 for an employee temporarily working in a foreign area when the employee's official worksite is located in a locality pay area
  • Post differentials under 5 U.S.C. 5941 and 5 CFR part 591, subpart B, for an employee temporarily working in a nonforeign area when the employee's official worksite is located in a locality pay area”--with “Nonforeign area cost-of-living allowances and post differentials under 5 U.S.C. 5941 and 5 CFR part 591, subpart B
  • Relocation, recruitment, and retention incentives, supervisory differentials, and extended assignment incentives
  • Performance-based cash awards when the award is computed as a percentage of an employee's rate of basic pay
  • GS pay administration provisions (e.g., promotions) to the extent provided in 5 CFR part 531, subpart B
  • Pay administration provisions for prevailing rate employees which consider rates of basic pay under the GS pay system in setting pay (except as otherwise provided in 5 CFR part 532), subject to the requirement that, if the employee's actual locality rate would not apply at the official worksite for the prevailing rate position, that locality rate must be converted to a corresponding rate on the locality rate schedule for that official worksite; and
  • Grade and pay retention to the extent provided in 5 CFR part 536

Reference: 5 U.S.C. 5304(c)(2) and 5 CFR 531.610.)

Wage Grade (WG) How it Works

The government’s Personnel Classification System includes Wage Grade occupations grouped into families of like jobs. The 36 occupational families range from WG-2500 to WG-9000. Each occupational family has its own group number and title which makes it distinctive from every other family grouping. View the list of the Wage Grade Families that are concentrated in the trades and labor occupations.  

Wage Grade Salary Tables

The Department of Defense (DOD) issues wage schedules and they conduct Federal Wage System (FWS) surveys. The Department of Defense's Advisory Service maintains these rates and publishes them on their website. Visit the FWS wage schedules website for updated pay schedules for your area. 

Update: The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing a proposed rule that would redefine the geographic boundaries of the New York, NY, and Philadelphia, PA, appropriated fund Federal Wage System (FWS) wage areas. The proposed rule would redefine the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst portions of Burlington County, NJ, and Ocean County, NJ, that are currently defined to the Philadelphia wage area to the New York wage area so that the entire Joint Base is covered by a single wage schedule. This change is based on a majority recommendation of the Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee (FPRAC), the national labor-management committee responsible for advising OPM on the administration of the FWS.

Special Compensations Systems

There are a number of special compensation systems that augment the general schedule pay scale. Physicians receive signing bonuses for a one-year continued-service agreement and additional bonuses for two years. The Federal Aviation Administration pays employees in safety-related careers under a “Core Compensation” multi-pay band system. Organizations such as the General Accounting Office (GAO), NASA, and the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology either are exempt from or have exceptions to the GS pay system.  You can search special rate schedules for your area at the OPM website.

Additional Resources

 

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