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General Schedule Pay Scale

 
 

Page updated 10/27/2014

2015 GS Pay Scale | Federal Pay Scale

 

 


This 2015 GS salary pay scale is to be used for reference only. All General Schedule (GS) government employees in the U.S. make more than the base rate pay as listed below 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 Federal Pay Scale varies per locality area. Look up the locality tables for your metropolitan area to determine the actual salary for any given area.

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2015 Annual Rates by Grade and Step

A 1% increase is expected for 2015 for all federal employees. Until the offical pay charts are released, add 1% to each table entry below to estimate the 2015 raise for each pay grade. We will post the new tables as soon as they are released. 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.
Pursuant to the President’s alternative plan that will be released shortly, the Executive order is expected to authorize a 1-percent across-the-board increase for statutory pay systems and provides that locality percentages will remain at 2014 levels.  

Salary Charts & Pay Information:

 

Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10 WITHIN
GRADE
AMOUNTS
1 17,981 18,582 19,180 19,775 20,373 20,724 21,315 21,911 21,934 22,494 VARIES
2 20,217 20,698 21,367 21,934 22,179 22,831 23,483 24,135 24,787 25,439 VARIES
3 22,058 22,793 23,528 24,263 24,998 25,733 26,468 27,203 27,938 28,673 735
4 24,763 25,588 26,413 27,238 28,063 28,888 29,713 30,588 31,363 32,188 825
5 27,705 28,629 29,553 30,477 31.401 32,325 33,294 34,178 35,097 36,021 924
6 30,883 31,912 32,941 33,970 34,999 36,028 37,057 38,086 39,115 40,144 1,029
7 34,319 35,463 36,607 37,751 38,895 40,039 41,183 42,327 43,471 44,615 1,144
8 38,807 39,274 40,541 41,808 43,075 44,342 45,609 46,876 48,143 49,410 1,267
9 41,979 43,378 44,777 46,176 47,575 48,974 50,373 51,772 53,171 54,570 1,399
10 46,229 47,770 49,311 50,852 52,393 53,934 55,475 57.016 58,557 60,098 1,541
11 50,790 52,483 54,176 55,869 57,562 59,255 60,948 62,641 64,334 66,027 1,693
12 60,877 62,906 64,935 66,964 68,993 71,022 73,051 75,080 77,109 79,138 2,029
13 72,391 74,804 77,217 79,630 82,043 84,456 86,869 89,282 91,695 94,108 2,413
14 85,544 88,395 91,246 94,097 96,948 99,799 102,650 105,501 108,352 111,203 2,851
15 100,624 103,978 107,332 110,686 114,040 117,394 120,748 124,102 127,456 130,810 3,354

 

 

 

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.

 

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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. 

Special Compensations Systems

There are a number of special compensation systems that augment the general schedule. 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.

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