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General Schedule Government Payscales General Schedule Base Pay Table for 2015

208,959 federal employees †
$80,990 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 17,863 $110,461.00 $263.00
Information Technology Management 17,853 $114,366.00 $180.00
Contact Representative 17,116 $50,899.00 $102.00
Miscellaneous Administration And Program 13,850 $102,222.00 $226.00
Medical Support Assistance 13,477 $41,320.00 $13.00
Veterans Claims Examining 11,001 $71,265.00 $115.00
General Attorney 8,496 $129,358.00 $394.00
Social Insurance Administration 7,996 $84,854.00 $271.00
Tax Examining 7,500 $48,770.00 $2.00
Nursing Assistant 6,754 $38,793.00 $11.00
Miscellaneous Clerk And Assistant 5,973 $42,582.00 $49.00
General Health Science 5,418 $88,069.00 $81.00
Practical Nurse 4,816 $49,082.00 $10.00
General Legal And Kindred Administration 4,278 $58,206.00 $143.00
Social Work 4,052 $79,770.00 $26.00
Aerospace Engineering 3,513 $129,091.00 $182.00
Financial Clerical And Assistance 3,085 $46,038.00 $17.00
Financial Administration And Program 2,773 $89,069.00 $137.00
General Engineering 2,495 $136,860.00 $212.00
Contracting 2,294 $108,228.00 $159.00
General Business And Industry 2,050 $102,421.00 $388.00
General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences 2,023 $107,569.00 $634.00
Foreign Affairs 2,000 $122,363.00 $64.00
Human Resources Management 1,869 $95,544.00 $197.00
Health Insurance Administration 1,791 $109,920.00 $285.00
Pharmacist 1,647 $123,421.00 $25.00
Nurse 1,638 $82,221.00 $83.00
Environmental Protection Specialist 1,620 $117,531.00 $1,449.00
General Physical Science 1,489 $116,282.00 $1,055.00
Health Aid And Technician 1,369 $44,699.00 $20.00
Statistics 1,354 $107,374.00 $96.00
Mail And File 1,346 $32,169.00 $0.00
Security Administration 1,310 $102,427.00 $110.00
Social Science 1,137 $100,701.00 $127.00
Passport And Visa Examining 1,109 $70,410.00 $85.00
Environmental Engineering 1,073 $116,509.00 $1,429.00
Loan Specialist 1,051 $82,251.00 $80.00
Economist 978 $119,755.00 $413.00
Consumer Safety 895 $120,145.00 $226.00
Administrative Officer 870 $106,721.00 $386.00
Public Health Program Specialist 846 $115,863.00 $210.00
Paralegal Specialist 840 $68,585.00 $172.00
General Arts And Information 814 $97,167.00 $134.00
Chemistry 767 $122,187.00 $215.00
Electronics Engineering 767 $129,948.00 $295.00
Data Transcriber 729 $34,943.00 $0.00
Accounting 671 $91,748.00 $322.00
Agricultural Commodity Aid 618 $25,387.00 $20.00
Security Guard 617 $47,237.00 $104.00
Civil Engineering 591 $95,705.00 $276.00
Worker's Compensation Claims Examining 539 $93,965.00 $65.00
Mathematical Statistics 536 $117,224.00 $153.00
Grants Management 515 $110,666.00 $258.00
Claims Assistance And Examining 513 $51,035.00 $129.00
Budget Analysis 502 $112,321.00 $354.00
Emergency Management Specialist 502 $107,665.00 $237.00
Statistical Assistant 496 $35,985.00 $105.00
Legal Assistance 424 $50,863.00 $37.00
Computer Engineering 378 $121,932.00 $142.00
Pharmacology 366 $130,748.00 $336.00
Voucher Examining 345 $49,886.00 $0.00
Electrical Engineering 342 $110,560.00 $168.00
Trade Specialist 327 $114,304.00 $160.00
Correctional Institution Administration 306 $103,838.00 $131.00
Program Management 301 $134,166.00 $164.00
Museum Specialist And Technician 279 $83,233.00 $874.00
Forestry Technician 251 $45,129.00 $111.00
Bioengineering & Biomedical Engineering 238 $105,643.00 $331.00
Archives Technician 232 $70,721.00 $58.00
Biological Science Technician 211 $50,744.00 $39.00
Secretary 203 $61,653.00 $7.00
Human Resources Assistance 197 $39,088.00 $16.00
Building Management 194 $91,931.00 $35.00
Astronomy And Space Science 192 $141,164.00 $171.00
Electronics Technical 184 $110,546.00 $278.00
Microbiology 182 $117,498.00 $295.00
Railroad Retirement Claims Examining 174 $75,275.00 $1.00
Language Specialist 173 $68,083.00 $0.00
Medical Technologist 170 $84,289.00 $235.00
Government Information Specialist 166 $66,319.00 $37.00
Pharmacy Technician 160 $42,735.00 $23.00
Agricultural Commodity Grading 159 $43,994.00 $5.00
Audiovisual Production 154 $104,696.00 $130.00
Archivist 148 $92,607.00 $44.00
Public Affairs 148 $112,524.00 $140.00
Public Utilities Specialist 146 $106,510.00 $259.00
Construction Analyst 145 $58,786.00 $0.00
Plant Protection Technician 140 $29,594.00 $32.00
Transportation Specialist 139 $129,353.00 $384.00
Agricultural Marketing 131 $112,072.00 $1,062.00
Park Ranger 129 $82,377.00 $580.00
Health System Specialist 128 $115,952.00 $100.00
Technical Information Services 120 $107,127.00 $288.00
Meteorology 118 $117,581.00 $1,621.00
Museum Curator 113 $114,925.00 $87.00
Support Services Administration 113 $90,207.00 $158.00
Security Clerical And Assistance 113 $42,634.00 $0.00
Petroleum Engineering 111 $107,471.00 $261.00
Librarian 108 $105,568.00 $219.00
Tax Law Specialist 105 $128,639.00 $5.00

This table lists the top 100 occupations held by the approximately 208,959 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 40,353 $54,095.00 $19.00
Internal Revenue Service 30,577 $64,754.00 $1.00
Social Security Administration 22,705 $74,306.00 $242.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 12,634 $69,519.00 $115.00
National Institutes Of Health 9,068 $101,023.00 $327.00
Department Of State 7,760 $93,935.00 $97.00
Food And Drug Administration 6,997 $116,613.00 $244.00
Environmental Protection Agency 5,992 $117,518.00 $1,450.00
Federal Bureau Of Investigation 4,908 $108,057.00 $333.00
Offices, Boards And Divisions 4,705 $104,736.00 $106.00
U.s. Census Bureau 4,315 $76,116.00 $113.00
Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services 3,271 $106,360.00 $259.00
Small Business Administration 2,850 $64,679.00 $51.00
Customs And Border Protection 2,454 $100,710.00 $124.00
Citizenship And Immigration Services 2,354 $91,159.00 $143.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 2,182 $125,524.00 $88.00
Dhs Headquarters 2,034 $120,406.00 $109.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 2,010 $131,415.00 $124.00
Bureau Of The Fiscal Service 1,745 $88,225.00 $489.00
Department Of Energy 1,660 $121,256.00 $191.00
Office Of Personnel Management 1,414 $80,588.00 $33.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1,406 $110,715.00 $245.00
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 1,330 $122,339.00 $63.00
John F. Kennedy Space Center 1,258 $113,142.00 $231.00
Smithsonian Inst (Exc Sep Brds Of Trust) 1,240 $85,535.00 $98.00
Immigration And Customs Enforcement 1,161 $114,094.00 $77.00
Dep Asst Sec For Info And Technology 1,151 $105,722.00 $139.00
Forest Service 1,136 $63,176.00 $104.00
Federal Acquisition Service 1,091 $115,490.00 $67.00
Nat Protection And Programs Directorate 1,051 $117,023.00 $298.00
Health Resources And Services Adm 1,046 $114,013.00 $234.00
Ofc Sec Health And Human Services 1,018 $121,985.00 $283.00
Bureau Of Labor Statistics 1,014 $108,126.00 $67.00
Office Of The Secretary Of The Interior 932 $105,912.00 $252.00
Agricultural Marketing Service 908 $42,935.00 $191.00
Federal Communications Commission 898 $141,147.00 $1,066.00
Departmental Offices 883 $121,800.00 $308.00
Office Of The Chief Financial Officer (Department Of Agriculture) 832 $78,509.00 $111.00
Public Buildings Service 826 $102,893.00 $43.00
John Glenn Research Ctr At Lewis Field 781 $120,751.00 $48.00
Indian Health Service 743 $71,339.00 $19.00
Broadcasting Board Of Governors 672 $104,648.00 $107.00
U.s. Agency For International Dev 609 $119,653.00 $242.00
Drug Enforcement Administration 606 $111,376.00 $118.00
Animal And Plant Health Inspection Serv 606 $87,655.00 $353.00
Federal Trade Commission 569 $124,484.00 $158.00
Bureau Of Prisons/federal Prison System 563 $101,657.00 $169.00
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 552 $132,199.00 $1,883.00
Office Of Workers' Compensation Programs 539 $93,965.00 $65.00
Federal Highway Administration 487 $103,302.00 $218.00
Nat Archives And Records Administration 484 $95,537.00 $41.00
Office Of The Director 448 $93,645.00 $39.00
Administration For Children And Families 435 $108,702.00 $40.00
Headquarters, Nasa 413 $138,892.00 $79.00
Railroad Retirement Board 389 $97,107.00 $40.00
Asst Sec For Housing--Fed Housing Cmsnr 382 $120,598.00 $631.00
Ames Research Center 367 $148,019.00 $986.00
Office Of Management And Budget 364 $122,797.00 $99.00
National Gallery Of Art 339 $69,308.00 $918.00
International Trade Administration 327 $114,304.00 $160.00
Foreign Agricultural Service 313 $100,535.00 $423.00
Deputy Asst Sec For Finance 305 $66,077.00 $174.00
U.s. Secret Service 294 $101,965.00 $321.00
Federal Student Aid 269 $110,005.00 $46.00
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Serv Adm 250 $117,779.00 $216.00
Office Of Justice Programs 244 $115,927.00 $168.00
Bureau Of Reclamation 243 $98,962.00 $617.00
U.s. Fish And Wildlife Service 230 $100,974.00 $170.00
Geological Survey 214 $114,980.00 $145.00
Agricultural Research Service 211 $50,744.00 $39.00
Office Of Gsa It 207 $127,446.00 $67.00
Office Of The Chief Information Officer (Department Of Agriculture) 201 $104,323.00 $351.00
National Labor Relations Board 196 $137,157.00 $0.00
Pretrial Services Agency 194 $100,266.00 $182.00
Farm Service Agency 192 $99,890.00 $72.00
Office Of The Solicitor (Department Of Labor) 191 $140,179.00 $294.00
Economic Research Service 177 $122,843.00 $814.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 173 $115,884.00 $333.00
Ofc Of Sr Coord For Southeast/caribbean 167 $98,312.00 $432.00
General Counsel (Department Of Veterans Affairs) 164 $125,801.00 $77.00
Ofc Of Sec Of Transportation 150 $103,409.00 $115.00
National Agricultural Statistics Service 150 $114,841.00 $128.00
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 149 $142,319.00 $1,074.00
Asst Sec For Pub And Indian Housing 146 $126,323.00 $397.00
Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center 145 $123,774.00 $12.00
Ofc Of Sr Coord For Rocky Mountains 143 $100,413.00 $670.00
Office Of The Secretary (Department Of Commerce) 142 $133,941.00 $229.00
Office Of The Solicitor (Department Of Interior) 137 $132,551.00 $336.00
U.s. Marshals Service 135 $116,962.00 $86.00
Office Of General Counsel (Department Of Housing And Urban Development) 132 $134,490.00 $436.00
National Park Service 129 $82,377.00 $580.00
Asst Sec For Cmnty Plan And Development 127 $119,154.00 $670.00
Ofc Of Sr Coord For Mid-Atlantic 122 $105,965.00 $486.00
Dep Asst Sec For Acquis And Logistics 120 $90,125.00 $0.00
Nat Oceanic And Atmospheric Admin 118 $117,581.00 $1,621.00
Bureau Of Safety & Envir Enf 111 $107,471.00 $261.00
Office Of The U.s. Trade Representative 109 $132,736.00 $55.00
Office Of The Inspector General (Department Of Homeland Security) 108 $104,628.00 $296.00
Export-Import Bank Of The United States 104 $124,160.00 $233.00
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 103 $129,321.00 $850.00

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 208,959 federal employees on the General Schedule payscale located within the U.S.. The average federal employee in the U.S. earns $80,990 per year, and the average yearly bonus is $178.

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 40,353 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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