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General Schedule (GS) Pay Scales

2019 General Schedule (GS) Pay Scale

 

Page updated 11/12/2019

2019 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 2019. 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 $44,471. The same grade pays $51,440 on the Rest of U.S. chart and $54,757 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 2020 Pay Increase:  The President has determined that for 2020 — while across-the-board base pay will increase by 2.6 percent, as prescribed under 5 U.S.C. 5303(a) — the locality pay percentages shown in Schedule 9 of Executive Order 13866 of March 28, 2019, will remain at their 2019 levels.  This was sent to Congress on August 30, 2019. We are waiting on the final determination.

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2019 Annual Rates by GS Pay grade and Step

The President issued an Executive Order for 2019 Pay Schedules on December 29, 2018 announcing no increase for 2019 for federal employees however, employees may continue to receive individually-based pay increases such as performance-based pay increases and promotion increases to the extent authorized by applicable statute, regulation, and agency policy and subject to 2019 pay limitations.

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 2019-GS (BASE)

 

INCORPORATING THE 1.4% GENERAL SCHEDULE INCREASE

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2019

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

19048

19686

20320

20949

21583

21953

22579

23211

23236

23827

VARIES
2

21417

21927

22636

23236

23497

24188

24879

25570

26261

26952

VARIES
3

23368

24147

24926

25705

26484

27263

28042

28821

29600

30379

779
4

26233

27107

27981

28855

29729

30603

31477

32351

33225

34099

874
5

29350

30328

31306

32284

33262

34240

35218

36196

37174

38152

978
6

32716

33807

34898

35989

37080

38171

39262

40353

41444

42535

1091
7

36356

37568

38780

39992

41204

42416

43628

44840

46052

47264

1212
8

40263

41605

42947

44289

45631

46973

48315

49657

50999

52341

1342
9

44471

45953

47435

48917

50399

51881

53363

54845

56327

57809

1482
10

48973

50605

52237

53869

55501

57133

58765

60397

62029

63661

1632
11

53805

55599

57393

59187

60981

62775

64569

66363

68157

69951

1794
12

64490

66640

68790

70940

73090

75240

77390

79540

81690

83840

2150
13

76687

79243

81799

84355

86911

89467

92023

94579

97135

99691

2556
14

90621

93642

96663

99684

102705

105726

108747

111768

114789

117810

3021
15

106595

110148

113701

117254

120807

124360

127913

131466

135019

138572

3553

Check out the 2019 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.

2019 HOURLY RATE SCHEDULE

SALARY TABLE 2019-GS
INCORPORATING THE 1.4% GENERAL SCHEDULE INCREASE
EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2019
Hourly Basic (B) Rates by Grade and Step
Hourly Title 5 Overtime (O) Rates for FLSA-Exempt Employees 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 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 9.13 9.43 9.74 10.04 10.34 10.52 10.82 11.12 11.13 11.42
O 13.70 14.15 14.61 15.06 15.51 15.78 16.23 16.68 16.70 17.13
2 B 10.26 10.51 10.85 11.13 11.26 11.59 11.92 12.25 12.58 12.91
O 15.39 15.77 16.28 16.70 16.89 17.39 17.88 18.38 18.87 19.37
3 B 11.20 11.57 11.94 12.32 12.69 13.06 13.44 13.81 14.18 14.56
O 16.80 17.36 17.91 18.48 19.04 19.59 20.16 20.72 21.27 21.84
4 B 12.57 12.99 13.41 13.83 14.24 14.66 15.08 15.50 15.92 16.34
O 18.86 19.49 20.12 20.75 21.36 21.99 22.62 23.25 23.88 24.51
5 B 14.06 14.53 15.00 15.47 15.94 16.41 16.87 17.34 17.81 18.28
O 21.09 21.80 22.50 23.21 23.91 24.62 25.31 26.01 26.72 27.42
6 B 15.68 16.20 16.72 17.24 17.77 18.29 18.81 19.34 19.86 20.38
O 23.52 24.30 25.08 25.86 26.66 27.44 28.22 29.01 29.79 30.57
7 B 17.42 18.00 18.58 19.16 19.74 20.32 20.90 21.49 22.07 22.65
O 26.13 27.00 27.87 28.74 29.61 30.48 31.35 32.24 33.11 33.98
8 B 19.29 19.94 20.58 21.22 21.86 22.51 23.15 23.79 24.44 25.08
O 28.94 29.91 30.87 31.83 32.79 33.77 34.73 35.21 35.21 35.21
9 B 21.31 22.02 22.73 23.44 24.15 24.86 25.57 26.28 26.99 27.70
O 31.97 33.03 34.10 35.16 35.21 35.21 35.21 35.21 35.21 35.21
10 B 23.47 24.25 25.03 25.81 26.59 27.38 28.16 28.94 29.72 30.50
O 35.21 35.21 35.21 35.21 35.21 35.21 35.21 35.21 35.21 35.21
11 B 25.78 26.64 27.50 28.36 29.22 30.08 30.94 31.80 32.66 33.52
O 35.21 35.21 35.21 35.21 35.21 35.21 35.21 35.21 35.21 35.21
12 B 30.90 31.93 32.96 33.99 35.02 36.05 37.08 38.11 39.14 40.17
O 35.21 35.21 35.21 35.21 35.21 36.05 37.08 38.11 39.14 40.17
13 B 36.75 37.97 39.19 40.42 41.64 42.87 44.09 45.32 46.54 47.77
O 36.75 37.97 39.19 40.42 41.64 42.87 44.09 45.32 46.54 47.77
14 B 43.42 44.87 46.32 47.76 49.21 50.66 52.11 53.55 55.00 56.45
O 43.42 44.87 46.32 47.76 49.21 50.66 52.11 53.55 55.00 56.45
15 B 51.08 52.78 54.48 56.18 57.89 59.59 61.29 62.99 64.70 66.40
O 51.08 52.78 54.48 56.18 57.89 59.59 61.29 62.99 64.70 66.40

SALARY TABLE 2019 - RUS

 

SALARY TABLE 2019-RUS
INCORPORATING THE 1.4% GENERAL SCHEDULE INCREASE AND A LOCALITY PAYMENT OF 15.67%
TOTAL INCREASE: 1.66%
FOR THE LOCALITY PAY AREA OF REST OF U.S.
EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2019
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

22033

22771

23504

24232

24965

25393

26117

26848

26877

27561

2

24773

25363

26183

26877

27179

27978

28778

29577

30376

31175

3

27030

27931

28832

29733

30634

31535

32436

33337

34238

35139

4

30344

31355

32366

33377

34388

35398

36409

37420

38431

39442

5

33949

35080

36212

37343

38474

39605

40737

41868

42999

44130

6

37843

39105

40367

41628

42890

44152

45414

46676

47938

49200

7

42053

43455

44857

46259

47661

49063

50465

51866

53268

54670

8

46572

48125

49677

51229

52781

54334

55886

57438

58991

60543

9

51440

53154

54868

56582

58297

60011

61725

63439

65153

66868

10

56647

58535

60423

62310

64198

66086

67973

69861

71749

73637

11

62236

64311

66386

68462

70537

72612

74687

76762

78837

80912

12

74596

77082

79569

82056

84543

87030

89517

92004

94491

96978

13

88704

91660

94617

97573

100530

103486

106443

109400

112356

115313

14

104821

108316

111810

115304

118799

122293

125788

129282

132776

136271

15

123298

127408

131518

135628

139737

143847

147957

152067

156176

160286

 

2019 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.

2019 Locality Payments

 

Locality pay adjustments basically level the playing field for all federal employees across the country in different major metropolitan areas. OPM is adding the following new Locality Pay Areas: Birmingham-Hoover-Talladega, AL; Burlington-South Burlington, VT; San Antonio-New Braunfels-Pearsall, TX; and Virginia Beach-Norfolk, VA-NC. The proposed rule also proposed adding two “Rest of U.S.” locations to the geographic definitions of two existing locality pay areas and making minor, clarifying changes to the names of two locality pay areas. The 53 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).  Six additional locality pay areas were added for 2019. They are

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 53 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 Areas

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

Historical Rates

 

UPDATE: Six 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.

Pay - Related Legislative Changes

These changes are incorporated in the National Defense Authorization Act, FY 2019

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