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General Schedule Government Payscales General Schedule Base Pay Table for 2011

208,250 federal employees †
$81,016 average yearly pay
+0% salary raise this year

The General Schedule (GS) Payscale is a worldwide pay system that covers more than 1.5 million civilian employees of the United States government. GeneralSchedule.org provides a one-stop source for current and past year General Schedule pay tables, locality adjustment rates, an interactive pay calculator, and more resources to help you understand your compensation as a Federal employee.

A General Schedule employee's pay is determined by two factors. First, base pay is calculated based on an employee's GS Paygrade and Step, which are based on their job title and seniority. Next, the employee's base pay is adjusted based on the current locality adjustment rate for the OPM pay locality in which they work. For more details, see How is my GS Pay calculated?.


GS Locality Adjustments By State

Across the United States, government employees' final General Schedule salaries are determined based on a locality adjustment based on their duty-station.

The adjustment applied to your salary depends on the General Schedule locality in which you work. There are 33 designated locality adjustment areas, plus a catch-all adjustment known as "Rest of U.S."

Learn more about how the GS payscale was created.

Click the map to view a list of applicable General Schedule localities, and their associated adjustment rate, within your state.


2011 General Schedule Pay Table: The table below shows the General Schedule's base pay rates for 2011. This table does not account for locality adjustments - to see a table that includes your applicable locality adjustment, choose your locality from the list of federal pay localities or by using the interactive locality map above.

GS Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
GS-1$17,803$18,398$18,990$19,579$20,171$20,519$21,104$21,694$21,717$22,269
GS-2$20,017$20,493$21,155$21,717$21,961$22,607$23,253$23,899$24,545$25,191
GS-3$21,840$22,568$23,296$24,024$24,752$25,480$26,208$26,936$27,664$28,392
GS-4$24,518$25,335$26,152$26,969$27,786$28,603$29,420$30,237$31,054$31,871
GS-5$27,431$28,345$29,259$30,173$31,087$32,001$32,915$33,829$34,743$35,657
GS-6$30,577$31,596$32,615$33,634$34,653$35,672$36,691$37,710$38,729$39,748
GS-7$33,979$35,112$36,245$37,378$38,511$39,644$40,777$41,910$43,043$44,176
GS-8$37,631$38,885$40,139$41,393$42,647$43,901$45,155$46,409$47,663$48,917
GS-9$41,563$42,948$44,333$45,718$47,103$48,488$49,873$51,258$52,643$54,028
GS-10$45,771$47,297$48,823$50,349$51,875$53,401$54,927$56,453$57,979$59,505
GS-11$50,287$51,963$53,639$55,315$56,991$58,667$60,343$62,019$63,695$65,371
GS-12$60,274$62,283$64,292$66,301$68,310$70,319$72,328$74,337$76,346$78,355
GS-13$71,674$74,063$76,452$78,841$81,230$83,619$86,008$88,397$90,786$93,175
GS-14$84,697$87,520$90,343$93,166$95,989$98,812$101,635$104,458$107,281$110,104
GS-15$99,628$102,949$106,270$109,591$112,912$116,233$119,554$122,875$126,196$129,517

GS Pay Cap: The 2011 General Schedule pay cap is $155,500.00 per year, which is equivilent to the yearly pay of a Senior Executive Service (SES) level 4 executive. While the base GS payscale doesn't go this high, in several localities with high COLA adjustments employees in the highest GS paygrades may reach this salary ceiling.

2011 GS Pay Raise: This year, the General Schedule base payscale received a 0.0% across-the-board pay raise. A GS-13 Step 3 federal employee would receive an effective raise of $0.00 in 2011, from $76,452.00 per year (based on the 2010 GS base table) to $76,452.00 per year.

the U.S. Federal Employment Statistics

This section provides statistics on Federal government employees in the U.S., including most common occupations, agencies with the most local employees, and the average paygrade and salary rates of general schedule employees in the area. All data in this section is derived from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM)'s most recent available listings of federal employees in the U.S..

Common Occupations in the U.S.

Occupation Number Employed Avg. Salary Avg. Bonus
Management And Program Analysis 18,312 $110,721.00 $295.00
Information Technology Management 17,911 $114,591.00 $207.00
Contact Representative 16,826 $50,904.00 $107.00
Medical Support Assistance 14,048 $41,184.00 $15.00
Miscellaneous Administration And Program 13,685 $103,457.00 $250.00
Veterans Claims Examining 11,037 $71,171.00 $117.00
General Attorney 8,492 $129,526.00 $442.00
Social Insurance Administration 7,976 $84,878.00 $271.00
Tax Examining 7,732 $48,306.00 $5.00
Nursing Assistant 6,974 $38,886.00 $13.00
Miscellaneous Clerk And Assistant 5,559 $42,877.00 $53.00
General Health Science 5,166 $89,809.00 $86.00
Practical Nurse 4,725 $49,401.00 $10.00
General Legal And Kindred Administration 4,265 $58,401.00 $143.00
Social Work 3,935 $79,863.00 $31.00
Aerospace Engineering 3,511 $129,181.00 $184.00
Financial Clerical And Assistance 3,098 $45,996.00 $34.00
Financial Administration And Program 2,681 $89,600.00 $158.00
General Engineering 2,497 $136,943.00 $215.00
Contracting 2,308 $108,249.00 $164.00
General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences 2,022 $107,805.00 $670.00
Foreign Affairs 2,004 $122,707.00 $66.00
General Business And Industry 1,949 $101,557.00 $440.00
Human Resources Management 1,862 $95,462.00 $200.00
Health Insurance Administration 1,790 $110,193.00 $300.00
Nurse 1,723 $80,272.00 $100.00
Environmental Protection Specialist 1,612 $117,625.00 $1,460.00
Pharmacist 1,541 $123,427.00 $32.00
General Physical Science 1,489 $116,476.00 $1,060.00
Statistics 1,355 $107,687.00 $214.00
Security Administration 1,318 $102,447.00 $114.00
Mail And File 1,311 $32,131.00 $0.00
Social Science 1,273 $97,065.00 $127.00
Loan Specialist 1,124 $81,651.00 $81.00
Environmental Engineering 1,067 $116,553.00 $1,432.00
Health Aid And Technician 1,017 $45,487.00 $22.00
Passport And Visa Examining 1,008 $70,587.00 $90.00
Economist 975 $120,001.00 $410.00
Consumer Safety 893 $120,348.00 $280.00
Paralegal Specialist 869 $68,687.00 $186.00
Administrative Officer 867 $106,870.00 $388.00
Public Health Program Specialist 836 $115,721.00 $204.00
General Arts And Information 816 $97,036.00 $151.00
Agricultural Commodity Aid 788 $25,278.00 $29.00
Chemistry 778 $122,193.00 $306.00
Electronics Engineering 769 $129,745.00 $294.00
Accounting 670 $92,076.00 $371.00
Security Guard 616 $47,246.00 $119.00
Civil Engineering 589 $95,488.00 $274.00
Worker's Compensation Claims Examining 539 $94,281.00 $71.00
Mathematical Statistics 534 $117,278.00 $157.00
Claims Assistance And Examining 522 $51,070.00 $131.00
Data Transcriber 514 $36,041.00 $0.00
Grants Management 513 $110,762.00 $259.00
Emergency Management Specialist 504 $107,633.00 $235.00
Budget Analysis 501 $112,283.00 $373.00
Statistical Assistant 482 $36,059.00 $143.00
Legal Assistance 435 $51,076.00 $42.00
Computer Engineering 378 $121,839.00 $140.00
Pharmacology 373 $130,663.00 $338.00
Voucher Examining 347 $49,806.00 $0.00
Electrical Engineering 344 $110,408.00 $175.00
Trade Specialist 323 $114,678.00 $174.00
Correctional Institution Administration 304 $104,081.00 $161.00
Program Management 301 $134,227.00 $237.00
Museum Specialist And Technician 281 $83,076.00 $891.00
Bioengineering & Biomedical Engineering 237 $106,064.00 $481.00
Archives Technician 232 $70,395.00 $57.00
Secretary 201 $61,609.00 $8.00
Human Resources Assistance 194 $39,175.00 $17.00
Astronomy And Space Science 192 $140,980.00 $171.00
Building Management 191 $92,243.00 $32.00
Microbiology 185 $117,560.00 $312.00
Electronics Technical 182 $110,664.00 $281.00
Medical Technologist 176 $84,079.00 $236.00
Language Specialist 174 $68,079.00 $0.00
Railroad Retirement Claims Examining 173 $75,349.00 $1.00
Government Information Specialist 166 $66,935.00 $35.00
Agricultural Commodity Grading 160 $44,132.00 $10.00
Audiovisual Production 155 $104,669.00 $129.00
Construction Analyst 149 $58,738.00 $0.00
Archivist 148 $92,664.00 $44.00
Public Affairs 147 $112,749.00 $148.00
Public Utilities Specialist 143 $106,791.00 $276.00
Plant Protection Technician 139 $29,614.00 $35.00
Transportation Specialist 135 $128,961.00 $348.00
Agricultural Marketing 132 $111,966.00 $1,127.00
Park Ranger 127 $83,887.00 $640.00
Health System Specialist 123 $117,096.00 $102.00
Technical Information Services 120 $107,302.00 $288.00
Meteorology 117 $117,691.00 $1,639.00
Support Services Administration 114 $90,406.00 $166.00
Museum Curator 111 $115,250.00 $110.00
Security Clerical And Assistance 111 $42,635.00 $0.00
Petroleum Engineering 111 $107,826.00 $261.00
Forestry Technician 109 $46,951.00 $182.00
Librarian 108 $105,694.00 $219.00
Biological Science Technician 108 $51,338.00 $15.00
Veterinary Medical Science 104 $123,027.00 $228.00
Administration And Office Support Student Trainee 104 $34,041.00 $31.00

This table lists the top 100 occupations held by the approximately 208,250 federal employees working in the U.S., across all agencies, as well as average yearly compensation for the U.S. based federal employees of that occupation.

Federal Agencies in the U.S.

Agency the U.S. Employees Avg. Salary Avg. Bonus
Veterans Health Administration 39,914 $53,723.00 $20.00
Internal Revenue Service 30,168 $64,754.00 $8.00
Social Security Administration 22,625 $74,365.00 $243.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 12,672 $69,480.00 $117.00
National Institutes Of Health 9,029 $101,123.00 $331.00
Department Of State 7,635 $94,061.00 $107.00
Food And Drug Administration 7,024 $116,602.00 $281.00
Environmental Protection Agency 5,981 $117,639.00 $1,457.00
Federal Bureau Of Investigation 4,897 $108,077.00 $337.00
Offices, Boards And Divisions 4,701 $104,912.00 $176.00
U.s. Census Bureau 4,064 $76,215.00 $131.00
Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services 3,260 $106,627.00 $267.00
Small Business Administration 2,988 $64,425.00 $51.00
Citizenship And Immigration Services 2,336 $91,011.00 $143.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 2,179 $125,673.00 $90.00
Customs And Border Protection 2,094 $104,547.00 $254.00
Dhs Headquarters 2,062 $120,018.00 $113.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 2,011 $131,404.00 $122.00
Bureau Of The Fiscal Service 1,737 $88,473.00 $491.00
Department Of Energy 1,651 $121,449.00 $207.00
Office Of Personnel Management 1,413 $80,591.00 $37.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1,411 $110,918.00 $248.00
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 1,328 $122,579.00 $66.00
John F. Kennedy Space Center 1,258 $113,307.00 $231.00
Smithsonian Inst (Exc Sep Brds Of Trust) 1,240 $85,550.00 $126.00
Immigration And Customs Enforcement 1,170 $114,490.00 $91.00
Dep Asst Sec For Info And Technology 1,142 $106,007.00 $149.00
Federal Acquisition Service 1,093 $115,703.00 $66.00
Agricultural Marketing Service 1,080 $40,355.00 $183.00
Nat Protection And Programs Directorate 1,074 $117,171.00 $330.00
Health Resources And Services Adm 1,042 $114,039.00 $233.00
Ofc Sec Health And Human Services 1,014 $122,098.00 $320.00
Bureau Of Labor Statistics 1,012 $108,293.00 $68.00
Forest Service 995 $67,358.00 $139.00
Office Of The Secretary Of The Interior 937 $106,247.00 $271.00
Federal Communications Commission 903 $140,878.00 $1,108.00
Departmental Offices 877 $122,117.00 $307.00
Indian Health Service 842 $71,150.00 $47.00
Office Of The Chief Financial Officer (Department Of Agriculture) 832 $78,692.00 $327.00
Public Buildings Service 826 $102,978.00 $44.00
John Glenn Research Ctr At Lewis Field 787 $120,399.00 $48.00
Bureau Of Prisons/federal Prison System 706 $97,788.00 $257.00
Broadcasting Board Of Governors 673 $104,646.00 $107.00
Drug Enforcement Administration 604 $111,374.00 $125.00
Animal And Plant Health Inspection Serv 604 $87,372.00 $643.00
U.s. Agency For International Dev 604 $119,686.00 $276.00
Federal Trade Commission 569 $125,045.00 $155.00
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 553 $132,204.00 $1,918.00
U.s. Coast Guard 541 $116,544.00 $320.00
Office Of Workers' Compensation Programs 539 $94,281.00 $71.00
Nat Archives And Records Administration 485 $95,528.00 $41.00
Federal Highway Administration 483 $102,994.00 $209.00
Office Of The Director 447 $93,492.00 $40.00
Administration For Children And Families 428 $108,890.00 $41.00
Headquarters, Nasa 416 $138,931.00 $81.00
Railroad Retirement Board 390 $97,417.00 $40.00
Asst Sec For Housing--Fed Housing Cmsnr 387 $120,102.00 $679.00
Office Of Management And Budget 377 $122,720.00 $104.00
Ames Research Center 365 $147,936.00 $990.00
National Gallery Of Art 341 $69,150.00 $916.00
International Trade Administration 323 $114,678.00 $174.00
Geological Survey 314 $113,341.00 $269.00
Foreign Agricultural Service 312 $100,529.00 $423.00
Deputy Asst Sec For Finance 311 $65,995.00 $177.00
U.s. Secret Service 301 $102,265.00 $327.00
Federal Student Aid 267 $110,609.00 $46.00
Office Of Justice Programs 244 $115,726.00 $168.00
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Serv Adm 244 $117,563.00 $205.00
Bureau Of Reclamation 241 $98,937.00 $607.00
U.s. Fish And Wildlife Service 230 $101,317.00 $179.00
Office Of Gsa It 206 $127,364.00 $65.00
Office Of The Chief Information Officer (Department Of Agriculture) 202 $104,339.00 $506.00
Pretrial Services Agency 193 $100,254.00 $184.00
Office Of The Solicitor (Department Of Labor) 193 $140,014.00 $291.00
Farm Service Agency 191 $99,921.00 $72.00
National Labor Relations Board 191 $137,009.00 $0.00
Economic Research Service 178 $122,640.00 $802.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 174 $115,712.00 $340.00
Ofc Of Sr Coord For Southeast/caribbean 167 $98,849.00 $486.00
General Counsel (Department Of Veterans Affairs) 164 $125,797.00 $77.00
Ofc Of Sec Of Transportation 151 $103,111.00 $118.00
National Agricultural Statistics Service 148 $115,339.00 $361.00
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 147 $143,229.00 $1,088.00
Asst Sec For Pub And Indian Housing 146 $126,689.00 $397.00
Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center 144 $124,260.00 $12.00
Ofc Of Sr Coord For Rocky Mountains 143 $100,519.00 $745.00
U.s. Marshals Service 139 $116,733.00 $84.00
Office Of The Secretary (Department Of Commerce) 137 $134,952.00 $259.00
Office Of The Solicitor (Department Of Interior) 137 $132,796.00 $423.00
Office Of General Counsel (Department Of Housing And Urban Development) 133 $134,529.00 $444.00
Asst Sec For Cmnty Plan And Development 129 $119,604.00 $731.00
National Park Service 127 $83,887.00 $640.00
Ofc Of Sr Coord For Mid-Atlantic 123 $106,029.00 $568.00
Dep Asst Sec For Acquis And Logistics 118 $91,143.00 $0.00
Nat Oceanic And Atmospheric Admin 117 $117,691.00 $1,639.00
Office Of The U.s. Trade Representative 116 $131,906.00 $66.00
Bureau Of Safety & Envir Enf 111 $107,826.00 $261.00
Agricultural Research Service 108 $51,338.00 $15.00
Office Of The Inspector General (Department Of Homeland Security) 108 $104,326.00 $298.00
Export-Import Bank Of The United States 103 $124,322.00 $235.00

There are 100 Federal agencies with a significant workforce in the U.S.. General Schedule employees at all of the agencies listed below will be paid according to the locality-adjusted GS payscale listed on this page.


Distribution of GS Employees in the U.S.

There are approximately 208,250 federal employees on the General Schedule payscale located within the U.S.. The average federal employee in the U.S. earns $81,016 per year, and the average yearly bonus is $190.

Based on data provided by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the most common job title for federal employees based in the U.S. is Management And Program Analysis. The Federal agency with the largest number of employees in the U.S. is the Veterans Health Administration, which has total of 39,914 employees in the area.

The bar graph to the left shows the distribution of employees in the U.S. by paygrade, from GS-1 to GS-15. To learn more about how paygrades are determined and how they affect a federal employee's salary, see how to calculate GS Pay.


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