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General Schedule Government Payscales General Schedule Base Pay Table for 2015

208,107 federal employees †
$78,338 average yearly pay
+1% 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.


2015 General Schedule Pay Table: The table below shows the General Schedule's base pay rates for 2015. 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$18,161$18,768$19,372$19,973$20,577$20,931$21,528$22,130$22,153$22,712
GS-2$20,419$20,905$21,581$22,153$22,403$23,062$23,721$24,380$25,039$25,698
GS-3$22,279$23,022$23,765$24,508$25,251$25,994$26,737$27,480$28,223$28,966
GS-4$25,011$25,845$26,679$27,513$28,347$29,181$30,015$30,849$31,683$32,517
GS-5$27,982$28,915$29,848$30,781$31,714$32,647$33,580$34,513$35,446$36,379
GS-6$31,192$32,232$33,272$34,312$35,352$36,392$37,432$38,472$39,512$40,552
GS-7$34,662$35,817$36,972$38,127$39,282$40,437$41,592$42,747$43,902$45,057
GS-8$38,387$39,667$40,947$42,227$43,507$44,787$46,067$47,347$48,627$49,907
GS-9$42,399$43,812$45,225$46,638$48,051$49,464$50,877$52,290$53,703$55,116
GS-10$46,691$48,247$49,803$51,359$52,915$54,471$56,027$57,583$59,139$60,695
GS-11$51,298$53,008$54,718$56,428$58,138$59,848$61,558$63,268$64,978$66,688
GS-12$61,486$63,536$65,586$67,636$69,686$71,736$73,786$75,836$77,886$79,936
GS-13$73,115$75,552$77,989$80,426$82,863$85,300$87,737$90,174$92,611$95,048
GS-14$86,399$89,279$92,159$95,039$97,919$100,799$103,679$106,559$109,439$112,319
GS-15$101,630$105,018$108,406$111,794$115,182$118,570$121,958$125,346$128,734$132,122

GS Pay Cap: The 2015 General Schedule pay cap is $158,700.00 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.

2015 GS Pay Raise: This year, the General Schedule base payscale received a 1.0% across-the-board pay raise. A GS-13 Step 3 federal employee would receive an effective raise of $772.00 in 2015, from $77,217.00 per year (based on the 2014 GS base table) to $77,989.00 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 17,770 $106,580.00 $252.00
Information Technology Management 17,393 $110,253.00 $210.00
Contact Representative 17,300 $50,044.00 $118.00
Miscellaneous Administration And Program 14,555 $98,744.00 $256.00
Medical Support Assistance 11,638 $40,707.00 $34.00
Veterans Claims Examining 10,341 $71,829.00 $98.00
General Attorney 8,844 $126,816.00 $417.00
Social Insurance Administration 8,481 $82,089.00 $281.00
Tax Examining 8,382 $47,139.00 $4.00
Nursing Assistant 6,406 $38,047.00 $15.00
Miscellaneous Clerk And Assistant 6,305 $41,238.00 $58.00
General Health Science 4,953 $87,301.00 $87.00
Practical Nurse 4,688 $47,275.00 $34.00
General Legal And Kindred Administration 4,166 $55,921.00 $151.00
Social Work 3,726 $77,595.00 $55.00
Aerospace Engineering 3,445 $126,777.00 $107.00
Financial Clerical And Assistance 3,257 $44,688.00 $21.00
General Engineering 2,639 $132,649.00 $158.00
Financial Administration And Program 2,635 $86,543.00 $163.00
Contracting 2,350 $105,274.00 $185.00
Foreign Affairs 2,213 $118,778.00 $34.00
General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences 2,002 $104,323.00 $590.00
Health Insurance Administration 1,922 $105,774.00 $301.00
Human Resources Management 1,763 $92,733.00 $192.00
Environmental Protection Specialist 1,741 $115,492.00 $1,521.00
Forestry Technician 1,703 $40,922.00 $147.00
General Business And Industry 1,627 $104,278.00 $424.00
Nurse 1,585 $78,700.00 $52.00
Health Aid And Technician 1,572 $43,914.00 $19.00
General Physical Science 1,487 $113,349.00 $1,079.00
Security Administration 1,484 $98,857.00 $217.00
Pharmacist 1,389 $119,781.00 $87.00
Statistics 1,379 $102,466.00 $270.00
Mail And File 1,359 $31,365.00 $0.00
Social Science 1,115 $95,752.00 $119.00
Environmental Engineering 1,086 $113,976.00 $1,443.00
Passport And Visa Examining 1,071 $68,621.00 $35.00
Economist 1,035 $114,590.00 $287.00
Administrative Officer 919 $103,432.00 $193.00
Consumer Safety 882 $114,664.00 $185.00
Data Transcriber 846 $34,658.00 $0.00
Public Health Program Specialist 824 $112,729.00 $150.00
General Arts And Information 799 $95,141.00 $558.00
Chemistry 690 $119,237.00 $185.00
Electronics Engineering 685 $126,614.00 $288.00
Accounting 676 $88,765.00 $283.00
Statistical Assistant 604 $34,709.00 $105.00
Civil Engineering 594 $94,069.00 $245.00
Security Guard 581 $46,495.00 $337.00
Worker's Compensation Claims Examining 554 $90,624.00 $52.00
Budget Analysis 536 $107,680.00 $292.00
Mathematical Statistics 509 $113,923.00 $105.00
Claims Assistance And Examining 496 $48,748.00 $105.00
Grants Management 492 $105,503.00 $164.00
Paralegal Specialist 474 $72,357.00 $226.00
Secretary 457 $56,810.00 $53.00
Park Ranger 438 $56,259.00 $191.00
Emergency Management Specialist 434 $102,100.00 $266.00
Computer Engineering 381 $118,710.00 $45.00
Voucher Examining 371 $47,070.00 $0.00
Agricultural Commodity Aid 358 $25,734.00 $0.00
Electrical Engineering 346 $108,820.00 $711.00
Loan Specialist 345 $98,526.00 $289.00
Trade Specialist 343 $106,159.00 $121.00
Correctional Institution Administration 333 $102,112.00 $297.00
Pharmacology 306 $128,657.00 $136.00
Museum Specialist And Technician 278 $81,017.00 $952.00
Public Utilities Specialist 265 $104,130.00 $1,344.00
Biological Science Technician 248 $46,125.00 $26.00
Program Management 243 $131,700.00 $225.00
Archives Technician 224 $70,034.00 $47.00
Bioengineering & Biomedical Engineering 213 $97,283.00 $187.00
Building Management 209 $87,443.00 $24.00
Electronics Technical 185 $106,519.00 $313.00
Human Resources Assistance 185 $38,462.00 $16.00
Railroad Retirement Claims Examining 184 $70,308.00 $0.00
Astronomy And Space Science 179 $141,078.00 $188.00
Agricultural Commodity Grading 169 $42,725.00 $61.00
Pharmacy Technician 162 $41,476.00 $26.00
Language Specialist 162 $65,319.00 $0.00
Public Affairs 162 $109,384.00 $57.00
Audiovisual Production 158 $101,055.00 $1,040.00
Archivist 149 $85,721.00 $75.00
Medical Technologist 148 $84,419.00 $57.00
Microbiology 143 $114,865.00 $193.00
Plant Protection Technician 141 $29,007.00 $31.00
Agricultural Marketing 138 $108,211.00 $1,241.00
Tax Law Specialist 133 $123,688.00 $212.00
Transportation Specialist 132 $125,793.00 $237.00
Government Information Specialist 131 $67,391.00 $37.00
Librarian 127 $100,338.00 $228.00
Security Clerical And Assistance 123 $38,536.00 $9.00
Meteorology 121 $114,746.00 $1,713.00
Health System Specialist 120 $111,641.00 $161.00
Administration And Office Support Student Trainee 114 $31,712.00 $16.00
Technical Information Services 114 $104,327.00 $155.00
Geography 114 $91,579.00 $36.00
Petroleum Engineering 111 $105,338.00 $149.00
Legal Assistance 109 $58,521.00 $142.00
Support Services Administration 107 $84,945.00 $57.00

This table lists the top 100 occupations held by the approximately 208,107 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 37,679 $51,981.00 $37.00
Internal Revenue Service 32,239 $62,777.00 $11.00
Social Security Administration 23,559 $71,980.00 $253.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 11,957 $69,268.00 $96.00
National Institutes Of Health 9,124 $98,004.00 $214.00
Department Of State 8,450 $91,128.00 $57.00
Food And Drug Administration 6,541 $108,678.00 $169.00
Environmental Protection Agency 6,358 $114,830.00 $1,495.00
Federal Bureau Of Investigation 4,798 $104,787.00 $316.00
Offices, Boards And Divisions 4,710 $101,671.00 $247.00
U.s. Census Bureau 4,565 $75,686.00 $125.00
Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services 3,472 $101,620.00 $265.00
Forest Service 2,290 $48,090.00 $149.00
Citizenship And Immigration Services 2,146 $88,176.00 $84.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 2,074 $120,612.00 $79.00
Customs And Border Protection 2,012 $102,270.00 $152.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1,959 $127,736.00 $146.00
Department Of Energy 1,959 $116,602.00 $599.00
Dhs Headquarters 1,831 $118,325.00 $131.00
Bureau Of The Fiscal Service 1,726 $85,319.00 $322.00
Office Of Personnel Management 1,340 $83,074.00 $31.00
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 1,317 $121,451.00 $80.00
John F. Kennedy Space Center 1,279 $110,433.00 $72.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1,235 $103,161.00 $259.00
Dep Asst Sec For Info And Technology 1,193 $101,051.00 $230.00
Nat Protection And Programs Directorate 1,105 $108,769.00 $220.00
Immigration And Customs Enforcement 1,098 $110,714.00 $127.00
Smithsonian Inst (Exc Sep Brds Of Trust) 1,083 $80,903.00 $191.00
Bureau Of Labor Statistics 1,057 $103,348.00 $36.00
Ofc Sec Health And Human Services 1,021 $116,314.00 $231.00
Departmental Offices 983 $116,315.00 $247.00
Federal Communications Commission 939 $136,895.00 $949.00
Federal Acquisition Service 938 $111,824.00 $50.00
Health Resources And Services Adm 909 $107,186.00 $174.00
Office Of The Secretary Of The Interior 903 $100,895.00 $160.00
Office Of The Chief Financial Officer (Department Of Agriculture) 859 $76,940.00 $294.00
John Glenn Research Ctr At Lewis Field 785 $118,919.00 $48.00
Public Buildings Service 733 $100,337.00 $47.00
Indian Health Service 717 $67,955.00 $27.00
Broadcasting Board Of Governors 675 $100,880.00 $989.00
Agricultural Marketing Service 665 $45,627.00 $260.00
U.s. Agency For International Dev 655 $112,622.00 $250.00
National Park Service 644 $59,180.00 $282.00
Bureau Of Prisons/federal Prison System 603 $99,085.00 $222.00
Drug Enforcement Administration 591 $106,837.00 $64.00
Animal And Plant Health Inspection Serv 591 $84,032.00 $417.00
Small Business Administration 575 $83,531.00 $17.00
Federal Trade Commission 570 $120,513.00 $1,058.00
Office Of Workers' Compensation Programs 554 $90,624.00 $52.00
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 554 $127,772.00 $1,200.00
Federal Highway Administration 483 $101,597.00 $204.00
Board Of Veterans Appeals 469 $105,939.00 $101.00
Administration For Children And Families 440 $104,390.00 $126.00
Headquarters, Nasa 427 $133,907.00 $52.00
Office Of The Director 427 $91,215.00 $41.00
Railroad Retirement Board 409 $92,692.00 $42.00
Asst Sec For Housing--Fed Housing Cmsnr 393 $115,538.00 $569.00
Office Of Management And Budget 388 $115,055.00 $36.00
Nat Archives And Records Administration 373 $77,878.00 $61.00
Ames Research Center 344 $146,793.00 $487.00
International Trade Administration 343 $106,159.00 $121.00
National Science Foundation 332 $93,224.00 $1.00
National Gallery Of Art 330 $67,783.00 $1,166.00
Foreign Agricultural Service 306 $98,613.00 $457.00
Deputy Asst Sec For Finance 279 $63,014.00 $437.00
U.s. Secret Service 261 $99,527.00 $1,413.00
Federal Student Aid 257 $108,895.00 $187.00
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Serv Adm 252 $114,424.00 $112.00
Agricultural Research Service 248 $46,125.00 $26.00
Bureau Of Reclamation 243 $95,682.00 $401.00
Nat Oceanic And Atmospheric Admin 226 $112,227.00 $1,343.00
Office Of Justice Programs 224 $110,428.00 $169.00
Geological Survey 215 $112,423.00 $231.00
U.s. Fish And Wildlife Service 214 $99,670.00 $188.00
National Labor Relations Board 212 $132,581.00 $0.00
Office Of Gsa It 211 $123,895.00 $65.00
Office Of The Chief Information Officer (Department Of Agriculture) 202 $101,234.00 $419.00
Pretrial Services Agency 201 $95,390.00 $124.00
Office Of The Solicitor (Department Of Labor) 201 $136,005.00 $300.00
Farm Service Agency 190 $100,033.00 $223.00
Economic Research Service 186 $118,520.00 $547.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 177 $111,612.00 $372.00
Ofc Of Sr Coord For Southeast/caribbean 160 $97,298.00 $529.00
National Agricultural Statistics Service 160 $108,697.00 $433.00
General Counsel (Department Of Veterans Affairs) 157 $121,056.00 $313.00
Ofc Of Sec Of Transportation 157 $99,250.00 $110.00
Asst Sec For Pub And Indian Housing 155 $121,690.00 $473.00
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 153 $137,933.00 $563.00
Office Of The Secretary (Department Of Commerce) 148 $128,022.00 $150.00
Asst Sec For Cmnty Plan And Development 145 $112,609.00 $615.00
Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center 144 $120,772.00 $29.00
Office Of The Solicitor (Department Of Interior) 137 $128,307.00 $261.00
Ofc Of Sr Coord For Rocky Mountains 131 $98,270.00 $575.00
Office Of General Counsel (Department Of Housing And Urban Development) 131 $132,059.00 $544.00
U.s. Marshals Service 129 $112,057.00 $0.00
Technology Transformation Service 124 $121,194.00 $38.00
Dep Asst Sec For Acquis And Logistics 124 $83,016.00 $0.00
Ofc Of Sr Coord For Mid-Atlantic 119 $103,222.00 $501.00
Export-Import Bank Of The United States 112 $121,486.00 $573.00
Bureau Of Safety & Envir Enf 111 $105,338.00 $149.00

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 208,107 federal employees on the General Schedule payscale located within the U.S.. The average federal employee in the U.S. earns $78,338 per year, and the average yearly bonus is $195.

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 37,679 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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