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2017 General Schedule Pay Scale

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2017 GS Pay Scales | General Schedule Pay Scale | Wage Grade Pay Scale | Executive Pay Scales

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 $43,251. The same grade pays $49.765 on the Rest of U.S. chart and $59,760 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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2017 Annual Rates by Grade and Step

The President announced an average civilian pay raise of 2.1% that will be split into a 1 percent across-the-board pay hike plus a 1.1 percent increase in locality pay. The actual raise civilians will see in their paychecks will vary depending on where they live. For example, pay incareases 1.63 % for those paid under the Rest of the US (RUS) pay table and increases to as high as 2.8% for federal workes in the  SAN JOSE-SAN FRANCISCO-OAKLAND, CA area. The pay raise will take effect on the first applicable pay period beginning on or after January 1, 2017. The pay tables are posted on this page.   

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 their 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 2017-GS

INCORPORATING THE 1% GENERAL SCHEDULE INCREASE

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2017

Check out the 2017 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

18526

19146

19762

20375

20991

21351

21960

22575

22599

23171

VARIES
2

20829

21325

22015

22599

22853

23525

24197

24869

25541

26213

VARIES
3

22727

23485

24243

25001

25759

26517

27275

28033

28791

29549

758
4

25514

26364

27214

28064

28914

29764

30614

31464

32314

33164

850
5

28545

29497

30449

31401

32353

33305

34257

35209

36161

37113

952
6

31819

32880

33941

35002

36063

37124

38185

39246

40307

41368

1061
7

35359

36538

37717

38896

40075

41254

42433

43612

44791

45970

1179
8

39159

40464

41769

43074

44379

45684

46989

48294

49599

50904

1305
9

43251

44693

46135

47577

49019

50461

51903

53345

54787

56229

1442
10

47630

49218

50806

52394

53982

55570

57158

58746

60334

61922

1588
11

52329

54073

55817

57561

59305

61049

62793

64537

66281

68025

1744
12

62722

64813

66904

68995

71086

73177

75268

77359

79450

81541

2091
13

74584

77070

79556

82042

84528

87014

89500

91986

94472

96958

2486
14

88136

91074

94012

96950

99888

102826

105764

108702

111640

114578

2938
15

103672

107128

110584

114040

117496

120952

124408

127864

131320

134776

3456



2017 HOURLY RATE SCHEDULE

 

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2017 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 8.88 9.17 9.47 9.76 10.06 10.23 10.52 10.82 10.83 11.10
O 13.32 13.76 14.21 14.64 15.09 15.35 15.78 16.23 16.25 16.65
2 B 9.98 10.22 10.55 10.83 10.95 11.27 11.59 11.92 12.24 12.56
O 14.97 15.33 15.83 16.25 16.43 16.91 17.39 17.88 18.36 18.84
3 B 10.89 11.25 11.62 11.98 12.34 12.71 13.07 13.43 13.80 14.16
O 16.34 16.88 17.43 17.97 18.51 19.07 19.61 20.15 20.70 21.24
4 B 12.23 12.63 13.04 13.45 13.85 14.26 14.67 15.08 15.48 15.89
O 18.35 18.95 19.56 20.18 20.78 21.39 22.01 22.62 23.22 23.84
5 B 13.68 14.13 14.59 15.05 15.50 15.96 16.41 16.87 17.33 17.78
O 20.52 21.20 21.89 22.58 23.25 23.94 24.62 25.31 26.00 26.67
6 B 15.25 15.75 16.26 16.77 17.28 17.79 18.30 18.80 19.31 19.82
O 22.88 23.63 24.39 25.16 25.92 26.69 27.45 28.20 28.97 29.73
7 B 16.94 17.51 18.07 18.64 19.20 19.77 20.33 20.90 21.46 22.03
O 25.41 26.27 27.11 27.96 28.80 29.66 30.50 31.35 32.19 33.05
8 B 18.76 19.39 20.01 20.64 21.26 21.89 22.52 23.14 23.77 24.39
O 28.14 29.09 30.02 30.96 31.89 32.84 33.78 34.23 34.23 34.23
9 B 20.72 21.41 22.11 22.80 23.49 24.18 24.87 25.56 26.25 26.94
O 31.08 32.12 33.17 34.20 34.23 34.23 34.23 34.23 34.23 34.23
10 B 22.82 23.58 24.34 25.10 25.87 26.63 27.39 28.15 28.91 29.67
O 34.23 34.23 34.23 34.23 34.23 34.23 34.23 34.23 34.23 34.23
11 B 25.07 25.91 26.75 27.58 28.42 29.25 30.09 30.92 31.76 32.59
O 34.23 34.23 34.23 34.23 34.23 34.23 34.23 34.23 34.23 34.23
12 B 30.05 31.06 32.06 33.06 34.06 35.06 36.07 37.07 38.07 39.07
O 34.23 34.23 34.23 34.23 34.23 35.06 36.07 37.07 38.07 39.07
13 B 35.74 36.93 38.12 39.31 40.50 41.69 42.88 44.08 45.27 46.46
O 35.74 36.93 38.12 39.31 40.50 41.69 42.88 44.08 45.27 46.46
14 B 42.23 43.64 45.05 46.45 47.86 49.27 50.68 52.09 53.49 54.90
O 42.23 43.64 45.05 46.45 47.86 49.27 50.68 52.09 53.49 54.90
15 B 49.68 51.33 52.99 54.64 56.30 57.95 59.61 61.27 62.92 64.58
O 49.68 51.33 52.99 54.64 56.30 57.95 59.61 61.27 62.92 64.58



SALARY TABLE 2017 - RUS

 

For the Locality Pay Areas of Rest of U.S. (15.06% above base rates)

Annual Rates by Grade and Step

Total 2017 Increase is 1.63%


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

21316

22029

22738

23443

24152

24566

25267

25975

26002

26661

2

23966

24537

25330

26002

26295

27068

27841

28614

29387

30161

3

26150

27022

27894

28766

29638

30510

31383

32255

33127

33999

4

29356

30334

31312

32290

33268

34246

35224

36202

37180

38158

5

32844

33939

35035

36130

37225

38321

39416

40511

41607

42702

6

36611

37832

39053

40273

41494

42715

43936

45156

46377

47598

7

40684

42041

43397

44754

46110

47467

48823

50180

51537

52893

8

45056

46558

48059

49561

51062

52564

54066

55567

57069

58570

9

49765

51424

53083

54742

56401

58060

59720

61379

63038

64697

10

54803

56630

58457

60285

62112

63939

65766

67593

69420

71247

11

60210

62216

64223

66230

68236

70243

72250

74256

76263

78270

12

72168

74574

76980

79386

81792

84197

86603

89009

91415

93821

13

85816

88677

91537

94398

97258

100118

102979

105839

108699

111560

14

101409

104790

108170

111551

114931

118312

121692

125073

128453

131833

15

119285

123261

127238

131214

135191

139167

143144

147120

151097

155073

2017 Executive & Senior Level Employee Pay Tables

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: Two additional areas will be added in 2018, one for Virginia Beach, VA and a second one for those woiking in and around Burlington, Vt. There are thirteen cities added to the 2016 locality rate tables. The 13 cities included 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.

Special Status Foreign Areas

Federal employee special pay and benefits apply to eligible civilian employee that are assigned to duty in designated foreign areas, including Iraq and Afghanistan. Three departments, including The Department of Defense, the Department of State, and the Department of Labor administer most of the pay and benefits programs offered to such employees.  Certain foreign areas may be determined to have a special status due to U.S. military operations in the area or for other reasons.  Pay and benefits may vary depending on pay system of the employee, the assignment location, scope and nature of duties, and nature other assignment.

As missions in overseas locations change, certain authorities and benefits can also change.  We recommend that employees contact their agency’s human resources and/or benefits officers to determine if their overseas location qualifies for the authorities listed below.

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