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2018 GS Pay Scales | General Schedule Pay Scale | Wage Grade Pay Scale | Executive Pay Scales

On this page you will find government pay scale & salary information for various pay grades & localities in 2018. 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 $43,857. The same grade pays $50,958 on the Rest of U.S. chart and $61,084 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.

 Federal Pay

2018 Pay Increase 2018 Pay Increase: The President issued an alternative pay plan for federal employees in August officially authorizing the 2018 federal pay raise of 1.9 percent for the majority of federal employees.  The raise will include an average raise of 1.4 percent, with an additional 0.5 percent adjusted in locality pay for a total of a 1.9 percent. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) releases the new 2018 GS pay scale and locality tables in late December.

New Performance Pay Plan New Performance Pay Plan For Federal Employees, article by Dr. Donna Day

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2018 Annual Rates by GS Pay grade and Step

The President has signed an Executive Order to implement the January 2018 pay adjustments.  The Executive Order authorizes a 1.4 percent across-the-board increase for statutory pay systems and locality pay increases costing approximately 0.5 percent of basic payroll, reflecting an overall average pay increase of 1.9 percent.  The actual raise civilians will see in their paychecks will vary depending on where they live. For example, pay increases 1.67 % for those paid under the Rest of the US (RUS) pay table and increases to as high as 2.21% for federal works 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, 2018. The pay tables are posted on this page and can help you calculate your GS salary, hourly rate, and overtime rate.   

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. Just look for your GS pay grade and pay grade step to find your annual rate.

Salary Charts & Pay Information:

 

 

SALARY TABLE 2018-GS

INCORPORATING THE 1.4% GENERAL SCHEDULE INCREASE

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2018

Check out the 2018 GS pay scale below. Annual base rates by grade and step

Note: This is a base rate chart. All federal employees receive pay adjustments above the base rate chart in the form of  locality pay adjustments. To determine what your annual pay will be for your location view our Locality Pay Charts.

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

18785

19414

20039

20660

21285

21650

22267

22891

22915

23502

VARIES
2

21121

21624

22323

22915

23175

23857

24539

25221

25903

26585

VARIES
3

23045

23813

24581

25349

26117

26885

27653

28421

29189

29957

768
4

25871

26733

27595

28457

29319

30181

31043

31905

32767

33629

862
5

28945

29910

30875

31840

32805

33770

34735

35700

36665

37630

965
6

32264

33339

34414

35489

36564

37639

38714

39789

40864

41939

1075
7

35854

37049

38244

39439

40634

41829

43024

44219

45414

46609

1195
8

39707

41031

42355

43679

45003

46327

47651

48975

50299

51623

1324
9

43857

45319

46781

48243

49705

51167

52629

54091

55553

57015

1462
10

48297

49907

51517

53127

54737

56347

57957

59567

61177

62787

1610
11

53062

54831

56600

58369

60138

61907

63676

65445

67214

68983

1769
12

63600

65720

67840

69960

72080

74200

76320

78440

80560

82680

2120
13

75628

78149

80670

83191

85712

88233

90754

93275

95796

98317

2521
14

89370

92349

95328

98307

101286

104265

107244

110223

113202

116181

2979
15

105123

108627

112131

115635

119139

122643

126147

129651

133155

136659

3504


2018 HOURLY RATE SCHEDULE

 

SALARY TABLE 2018-GS
INCORPORATING THE 1.4% GENERAL SCHEDULE INCREASE
EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2018
Hourly Basic (B) Rates by Grade and Step
Hourly Title 5 Overtime (O) Rates for FLSA-Exempt Employees by Grade and Ste

Note: This is a base rate chart. All federal employees receive pay adjustments above the base rate chart in the form of  locality pay adjustments. To determine the hourly rate for your location view our Locality Pay Charts for your area.
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 9.00 9.30 9.60 9.90 10.20 10.37 10.67 10.97 10.98 11.26
O 13.50 13.95 14.40 14.85 15.30 15.56 16.01 16.46 16.47 16.89
2 B 10.12 10.36 10.70 10.98 11.10 11.43 11.76 12.08 12.41 12.74
O 15.18 15.54 16.05 16.47 16.65 17.15 17.64 18.12 18.62 19.11
3 B 11.04 11.41 11.78 12.15 12.51 12.88 13.25 13.62 13.99 14.35
O 16.56 17.12 17.67 18.23 18.77 19.32 19.88 20.43 20.99 21.53
4 B 12.40 12.81 13.22 13.64 14.05 14.46 14.87 15.29 15.70 16.11
O 18.60 19.22 19.83 20.46 21.08 21.69 22.31 22.94 23.55 24.17
5 B 13.87 14.33 14.79 15.26 15.72 16.18 16.64 17.11 17.57 18.03
O 20.81 21.50 22.19 22.89 23.58 24.27 24.96 25.67 26.36 27.05
6 B 15.46 15.97 16.49 17.00 17.52 18.03 18.55 19.07 19.58 20.10
O 23.19 23.96 24.74 25.50 26.28 27.05 27.83 28.61 29.37 30.15
7 B 17.18 17.75 18.32 18.90 19.47 20.04 20.62 21.19 21.76 22.33
O 25.77 26.63 27.48 28.35 29.21 30.06 30.93 31.79 32.64 33.50
8 B 19.03 19.66 20.29 20.93 21.56 22.20 22.83 23.47 24.10 24.74
O 28.55 29.49 30.44 31.40 32.34 33.30 34.25 34.71 34.71 34.71
9 B 21.01 21.71 22.42 23.12 23.82 24.52 25.22 25.92 26.62 27.32
O 31.52 32.57 33.63 34.68 34.71 34.71 34.71 34.71 34.71 34.71
10 B 23.14 23.91 24.68 25.46 26.23 27.00 27.77 28.54 29.31 30.08
O 34.71 34.71 34.71 34.71 34.71 34.71 34.71 34.71 34.71 34.71
11 B 25.43 26.27 27.12 27.97 28.82 29.66 30.51 31.36 32.21 33.05
O 34.71 34.71 34.71 34.71 34.71 34.71 34.71 34.71 34.71 34.71
12 B 30.47 31.49 32.51 33.52 34.54 35.55 36.57 37.59 38.60 39.62
O 34.71 34.71 34.71 34.71 34.71 35.55 36.57 37.59 38.60 39.62
13 B 36.24 37.45 38.65 39.86 41.07 42.28 43.49 44.69 45.90 47.11
O 36.24 37.45 38.65 39.86 41.07 42.28 43.49 44.69 45.90 47.11
14 B 42.82 44.25 45.68 47.10 48.53 49.96 51.39 52.81 54.24 55.67
O 42.82 44.25 45.68 47.10 48.53 49.96 51.39 52.81 54.24 55.67
15 B 50.37 52.05 53.73 55.41 57.09 58.77 60.44 62.12 63.80 65.48
O 50.37 52.05 53.73 55.41 57.09 58.77 60.44 62.12 63.80 65.48


SALARY TABLE 2018 - RUS

 

SALARY TABLE 2018-RUS
INCORPORATING THE 1.4% GENERAL SCHEDULE INCREASE AND A LOCALITY PAYMENT OF 15.37%
FOR THE LOCALITY PAY AREA OF REST OF U.S.
TOTAL INCREASE: 1.67%
EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2018
Annual Rates by Grade and Step

 

Note: This is a base rate chart for those not covered in one of the 47 Locality Areas. If your town is not included in a specific locality areas this chart reflects your pay.

 

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

21672

22398

23119

23835

24557

24978

25689

26409

26437

27114

2

24367

24948

25754

26437

26737

27524

28311

29097

29884

30671

3

26587

27473

28359

29245

30131

31017

31903

32789

33675

34561

4

29847

30842

31836

32831

33825

34820

35814

36809

37803

38798

5

33394

34507

35620

36734

37847

38960

40074

41187

42300

43414

6

37223

38463

39703

40944

42184

43424

44664

45905

47145

48385

7

41365

42743

44122

45501

46879

48258

49637

51015

52394

53773

8

45810

47337

48865

50392

51920

53447

54975

56502

58030

59557

9

50598

52285

53971

55658

57345

59031

60718

62405

64091

65778

10

55720

57578

59435

61293

63150

65008

66865

68722

70580

72437

11

61218

63259

65299

67340

69381

71422

73463

75504

77545

79586

12

73375

75821

78267

80713

83159

85605

88050

90496

92942

95388

13

87252

90161

93069

95977

98886

101794

104703

107611

110520

113428

14

103106

106543

109980

113417

116854

120291

123727

127164

130601

134038

15

121280

125323

129366

133408

137451

141493

145536

149578

153621

157663

 

2018 Executive & Senior Level Employee Pay Tables

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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.

2018 Locality Payments

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Locality pay adjustments basically level the playing field for all federal employees across the country in different major metropolitan areas. The 47 designated locality area salaries are adjusted by comparing GS and non-Federal pay in each locality pay area, based on salary surveys conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The lowest adjustment to the basic rate schedule listed above is 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 is assigned to 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. 

Locality Pay Tables (Click on the locality area to view the pay table)

Historical Rates

 

UPDATE: Two additional areas will be added in 2018, one for Virginia Beach, VA and a second one for those working in and around Burlington, Vt. There were 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 2017 WG pay scales & 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.

 

Physician's Comparability Allowance (PCA)

The head of each agency must determine categories of physician positions for which there is a significant recruitment and retention problem. A PCA may be paid only to physicians serving in positions in one of the categories. In determining the categories the agency must, as a minimum, establish as separate categories the following types of positions:

Clinical Positions: Positions primarily involving the practice of medicine or direct service to patients, involving the performance of diagnostic, preventive, or therapeutic services to patients in hospitals, clinics, public health programs, diagnostic centers, and similar settings.

Research Positions: Positions primarily involving the conduct of medical research and experimental work, including the conduct of medical work pertaining to food, drugs, cosmetics, and devices (or the review or evaluation of such medical research and experimental work), or the identification of causes or sources of disease or disease outbreaks.

Occupational Health: Positions primarily involving the evaluation of physical fitness, or the provision of initial treatment of on-the-job illness or injury, or the performance of preemployment examinations, preventive health screenings, or fitness-for-duty examinations.

Disability Evaluation and Administration of Health and Medical Programs: Positions involving disability evaluation and rating, the performance of medicolegal autopsies, training activities, or the administration of medical and health programs, including the administration of patient care or medical research and experimental programs.

  • PCA Payments: Agencies may pay a PCA of up to $14,000 annually to a physician with 24 months or less of service as a Government physician. Agencies may pay a PCA of up to $30,000 annually to a physician with more than 24 months of service as a Government physician. PCAs are subject to the aggregate limitation on pay under 5 U.S.C. 5307 and 5 CFR part 530, subpart B.

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Pay-Related Legislative Changes

These changes are incorporated in the National Defense Authorization Act, FY 2017

  • Advance Payments for Employees Relocating Within the United States
    • Per Section 1134 of the act specifies that advance Payments for Employees Relocating Within the United States and Its Territories  Section 1134 amends 5 U.S.C. 5524a to allow for advances in pay to current employees assigned by their agency to positions located outside of their commuting area but within the United States or its territories or possessions.  The amendments allow an agency to provide relocating employees with up to 4 pay periods of advance payments.  The amendments made by section 1134 take effect on the date of enactment (December 23, 2016). 
  • Overtime Pay for Department of the Navy Employees Performing Work to Support the Nuclear Aircraft Carrier Forward Deployed in Japan
    • Per Section 1108 of the act the Rate of Overtime Pay for Department of the Navy Employees Performing Work to Support the Nuclear Aircraft Carrier Forward Deployed in Japan Section 1108 extends the authority provided under section 1105 of the NDAA, FY 2011 (Public Law 111-383, January 7, 2011) until September 30, 2018.  Subsection 1105(a) of the NDAA, FY 2011, amended 5 U.S.C. 5542(a) by adding a new paragraph (6)(A) to provide the overtime hourly rate of pay for a qualifying employee of the Department of the Navy is an amount equal to one and one-half times the hourly rate of basic pay of the employee, notwithstanding the normally applicable cap on the overtime hourly rate.  This provision applies only to an employee who (1) is assigned to temporary duty to perform work aboard, or dockside in direct support of, the nuclear aircraft carrier that is forward deployed in Japan and (2) would be nonexempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act but for the application of the foreign area exemption in 29 U.S.C. 213(f).  For further information on this extension, please see CPM 2011-03 [2].
  • Administrative Leave
    • Per Section 1138 of the act addresses Administrative Leave. Chapter 63 of title 5 United States Code by adding three new sections relating to administrative leave.  The new sections are entitled: Administrative leave (5 U.S.C.  6329a), Investigative leave and notice leave (5 U.S.C. 6329b), and Weather and safety leave (5 U.S.C. 6329c).  OPM will issue regulations to implement the provisions of section 1138.  The Director of OPM must prescribe regulations no later than 270 days after enactment of the Act (September 19, 2017).
  • Reserve Income Replacement Program
    • Per Section 611 of the act specifies that the Reserve Income Replacement Program  Section 611(8) amends 37 U.S.C. 910(g) to extend the expiration date for the Reserve Income Replacement Program from December 31, 2016, to December 31, 2017.  The Reserve Income Replacement Program is administered by the Department of Defense (DOD) and provides income replacement payments for certain reserve component members experiencing extended and frequent mobilization for active duty service.  (This amendment does not affect the reservist differential authority under 5 U.S.C. 5538, which is a separate program for Federal employees.  A Federal employee who is entitled to a reservist differential may not receive payments under 37 U.S.C. 910 for the same period.  Additional information on reservist differential is found at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/pay-administration/#url=Reservist-Differential [1].)
  • 1-Year Extension of Discretionary Authority to Grant Allowances, Benefits, and Gratuities to Personnel on Official Duty in a Combat Zone
    • Per Section 1133 of the act a 1-Year Extension of Discretionary Authority to Grant Allowances, Benefits, and Gratuities to Personnel on Official Duty in a Combat Zone Section 1133 grants the head of an agency the discretionary authority until the end of fiscal year 2018 (i.e., September 30, 2018), to provide an individual employed by, or assigned or detailed to, the agency, allowances, benefits, and gratuities comparable to those provided by the Secretary of State to members of the Foreign Service under section 413 and chapter 9 of title I of the Foreign Service Act of 1980.  The employee must be on official duty in Pakistan or a combat zone, as defined by section 112(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.  Section 1102 amends section 1603(a)(2) of the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Hurricane Recovery, 2006 (Public Law 109-234, June 15, 2006), as added by section 1102 of the NDAA for FY 2009 (Public Law 110-417, October 14, 2008) and amended by section 1112 of the NDAA for FY 2012 (Public Law 112-81, December 31, 2011), section 1104 of the NDAA for FY 2013 (Public Law 112-239, January 2, 2013), section 1102 of the NDAA for FY 2014 (Public Law 113-66, December 26, 2013), section 1102 of the NDAA for FY 2015 (Public Law 113-291, December 19, 2014), and section 1102 of the NDAA for FY 2016 (Public Law 114-92, November 25, 2015). 

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