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General Schedule Pay Scale

Page updated 3/23/2015

2015 GS Pay Scale | Federal 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 $42,39. The same grade pays $48,403 on the Rest of U.S. chart and $57,302 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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2015 Annual Rates by Grade and Step

A 1% increase was approved for 2015 for all federal employees. The President issued an executive order on December 20, 2014 approving a 1 percent across-the-board pay raise for federal employees.  The pay increase will take effect on the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2015. 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

UPDATE: (Proposed 2016 Pay Raise) The President has recently proposal a 1.3 percent raise in January 2016 for federal employees. This is higher than 2015's 1 percent raise and if Congress doesn't act with a counter proposal by the end other year, the White House recommendation that was proposed in January will take effect.

Salary Charts & Pay Information:

 

 

SALARY TABLE 2015-GS

INCORPORATING THE 1% GENERAL SCHEDULE INCREASE

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2015

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

18161

18768

19372

19973

20577

20931

21528

22130

22153

22712

VARIES
2

20419

20905

21581

22153

22403

23062

23721

24380

25039

25698

VARIES
3

22279

23022

23765

24508

25251

25994

26737

27480

28223

28966

743
4

25011

25845

26679

27513

28347

29181

30015

30849

31683

32517

834
5

27982

28915

29848

30781

31714

32647

33580

34513

35446

36379

933
6

31192

32232

33272

34312

35352

36392

37432

38472

39512

40552

1040
7

34662

35817

36972

38127

39282

40437

41592

42747

43902

45057

1155
8

38387

39667

40947

42227

43507

44787

46067

47347

48627

49907

1280
9

42399

43812

45225

46638

48051

49464

50877

52290

53703

55116

1413
10

46691

48247

49803

51359

52915

54471

56027

57583

59139

60695

1556
11

51298

53008

54718

56428

58138

59848

61558

63268

64978

66688

1710
12

61486

63536

65586

67636

69686

71736

73786

75836

77886

79936

2050
13

73115

75552

77989

80426

82863

85300

87737

90174

92611

95048

2437
14

86399

89279

92159

95039

97919

100799

103679

106559

109439

112319

2880
15

101630

105018

108406

111794

115182

118570

121958

125346

128734

132122

3388

Hourly Rates

 

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 8.70 8.99 9.28 9.57 9.86 10.03 10.32 10.60 10.61 10.88
O 13.05 13.49 13.92 14.36 14.79 15.05 15.48 15.90 15.92 16.32
2 B 9.78 10.02 10.34 10.61 10.73 11.05 11.37 11.68 12.00 12.31
O 14.67 15.03 15.51 15.92 16.10 16.58 17.06 17.52 18.00 18.47
3 B 10.68 11.03 11.39 11.74 12.10 12.46 12.81 13.17 13.52 13.88
O 16.02 16.55 17.09 17.61 18.15 18.69 19.22 19.76 20.28 20.82
4 B 11.98 12.38 12.78 13.18 13.58 13.98 14.38 14.78 15.18 15.58
O 17.97 18.57 19.17 19.77 20.37 20.97 21.57 22.17 22.77 23.37
5 B 13.41 13.85 14.30 14.75 15.20 15.64 16.09 16.54 16.98 17.43
O 20.12 20.78 21.45 22.13 22.80 23.46 24.14 24.81 25.47 26.15
6 B 14.95 15.44 15.94 16.44 16.94 17.44 17.94 18.43 18.93 19.43
O 22.43 23.16 23.91 24.66 25.41 26.16 26.91 27.65 28.40 29.15
7 B 16.61 17.16 17.72 18.27 18.82 19.38 19.93 20.48 21.04 21.59
O 24.92 25.74 26.58 27.41 28.23 29.07 29.90 30.72 31.56 32.39
8 B 18.39 19.01 19.62 20.23 20.85 21.46 22.07 22.69 23.30 23.91
O 27.59 28.52 29.43 30.35 31.28 32.19 33.11 33.56 33.56 33.56
9 B 20.32 20.99 21.67 22.35 23.02 23.70 24.38 25.06 25.73 26.41
O 30.48 31.49 32.51 33.53 33.56 33.56 33.56 33.56 33.56 33.56
10 B 22.37 23.12 23.86 24.61 25.35 26.10 26.85 27.59 28.34 29.08
O 33.56 33.56 33.56 33.56 33.56 33.56 33.56 33.56 33.56 33.56
11 B 24.58 25.40 26.22 27.04 27.86 28.68 29.50 30.32 31.13 31.95
O 33.56 33.56 33.56 33.56 33.56 33.56 33.56 33.56 33.56 33.56
12 B 29.46 30.44 31.43 32.41 33.39 34.37 35.36 36.34 37.32 38.30
O 33.56 33.56 33.56 33.56 33.56 34.37 35.36 36.34 37.32 38.30
13 B 35.03 36.20 37.37 38.54 39.70 40.87 42.04 43.21 44.38 45.54
O 35.03 36.20 37.37 38.54 39.70 40.87 42.04 43.21 44.38 45.54
14 B 41.40 42.78 44.16 45.54 46.92 48.30 49.68 51.06 52.44 53.82
O 41.40 42.78 44.16 45.54 46.92 48.30 49.68 51.06 52.44 53.82
15 B 48.70 50.32 51.94 53.57 55.19 56.81 58.44 60.06 61.68 63.31
O 48.70 50.32 51.94 53.57 55.19 56.81 58.44 60.06 61.68 63.31

 

SALARY TABLE 2015-RUS

 

For the Locality Pay Areas of Rest of U.S. (14.16% 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

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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 they provide a salary adjustment for those living in higher cost areas. The lowest adjustment to the basic rate schedule listed above is 14.16 % for the "Rest of the US." This group includes federal employees that do not reside in one of the 33 locality rate areas. The highest locality rate of 35.15% 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. 

 

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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