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General Schedule Government Payscales General Schedule Base Pay Table for 2016

232,890 federal employees †
$85,893 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 46 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.


2016 General Schedule Pay Table: The table below shows the General Schedule's base pay rates for 2016. 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$18,343$18,956$19,566$20,173$20,783$21,140$21,743$22,351$22,375$22,941
GS-2$20,623$21,114$21,797$22,375$22,629$23,295$23,961$24,627$25,293$25,959
GS-3$22,502$23,252$24,002$24,752$25,502$26,252$27,002$27,752$28,502$29,252
GS-4$25,261$26,103$26,945$27,787$28,629$29,471$30,313$31,155$31,997$32,839
GS-5$28,262$29,204$30,146$31,088$32,030$32,972$33,914$34,856$35,798$36,740
GS-6$31,504$32,554$33,604$34,654$35,704$36,754$37,804$38,854$39,904$40,954
GS-7$35,009$36,176$37,343$38,510$39,677$40,844$42,011$43,178$44,345$45,512
GS-8$38,771$40,063$41,355$42,647$43,939$45,231$46,523$47,815$49,107$50,399
GS-9$42,823$44,250$45,677$47,104$48,531$49,958$51,385$52,812$54,239$55,666
GS-10$47,158$48,730$50,302$51,874$53,446$55,018$56,590$58,162$59,734$61,306
GS-11$51,811$53,538$55,265$56,992$58,719$60,446$62,173$63,900$65,627$67,354
GS-12$62,101$64,171$66,241$68,311$70,381$72,451$74,521$76,591$78,661$80,731
GS-13$73,846$76,308$78,770$81,232$83,694$86,156$88,618$91,080$93,542$96,004
GS-14$87,263$90,172$93,081$95,990$98,899$101,808$104,717$107,626$110,535$113,444
GS-15$102,646$106,068$109,490$112,912$116,334$119,756$123,178$126,600$130,022$133,444

GS Pay Cap: The 2016 General Schedule pay cap is $160,300.00 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.

2016 GS Pay Raise: This year, the General Schedule base payscale received a 1% across-the-board pay raise. A GS-13 Step 3 federal employee would receive an effective raise of $781.00 in 2016, from $77,989.00 per year (based on the 2015 GS base table) to $78,770.00 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
Contact Representative 22,065 $52,597.00 $0.00
Medical Support Assistance 20,616 $44,091.00 $0.00
Information Technology Management 19,284 $124,030.00 $0.00
Management And Program Analysis 18,987 $119,376.00 $0.00
Miscellaneous Administration And Program 13,748 $113,140.00 $0.00
Veterans Claims Examining 12,393 $75,744.00 $0.00
Tax Examining 10,953 $48,034.00 $0.00
Nursing Assistant 8,772 $41,638.00 $0.00
General Attorney 8,729 $139,207.00 $0.00
Social Insurance Administration 8,262 $90,701.00 $0.00
General Health Science 6,097 $98,313.00 $0.00
Social Work 5,017 $86,324.00 $0.00
Miscellaneous Clerk And Assistant 4,801 $45,891.00 $0.00
General Legal And Kindred Administration 4,715 $61,993.00 $0.00
Practical Nurse 4,316 $56,248.00 $0.00
Aerospace Engineering 3,602 $134,970.00 $0.00
Financial Clerical And Assistance 3,091 $47,517.00 $0.00
Contracting 2,946 $113,370.00 $0.00
Financial Administration And Program 2,903 $97,137.00 $0.00
General Engineering 2,815 $139,918.00 $0.00
Health Aid And Technician 2,509 $46,519.00 $0.00
General Business And Industry 2,456 $114,606.00 $0.00
Human Resources Management 2,262 $106,771.00 $0.00
General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences 2,211 $113,784.00 $0.00
Pharmacist 2,152 $137,977.00 $0.00
Foreign Affairs 2,005 $132,287.00 $0.00
General Physical Science 1,658 $122,271.00 $0.00
Data Transcriber 1,591 $33,934.00 $0.00
Mail And File 1,537 $32,363.00 $0.00
Health Insurance Administration 1,512 $127,560.00 $0.00
Statistics 1,425 $120,373.00 $0.00
Social Science 1,379 $102,675.00 $0.00
Security Administration 1,141 $113,362.00 $0.00
Administrative Officer 1,031 $119,301.00 $0.00
Nurse 1,009 $88,840.00 $0.00
Environmental Protection Specialist 998 $128,024.00 $0.00
Public Health Program Specialist 836 $125,807.00 $0.00
General Arts And Information 830 $105,362.00 $0.00
Chemistry 820 $131,945.00 $0.00
Environmental Engineering 807 $126,088.00 $0.00
Accounting 798 $94,771.00 $0.00
Electronics Engineering 791 $136,663.00 $0.00
Economist 789 $125,993.00 $0.00
Passport And Visa Examining 706 $82,636.00 $0.00
Civil Engineering 697 $104,026.00 $0.00
Paralegal Specialist 637 $74,968.00 $0.00
Consumer Safety 612 $133,872.00 $0.00
Budget Analysis 602 $121,361.00 $0.00
Grants Management 593 $121,902.00 $0.00
Loan Specialist 565 $72,312.00 $0.00
Security Guard 552 $51,673.00 $0.00
Mathematical Statistics 517 $130,274.00 $0.00
Agricultural Commodity Aid 491 $29,460.00 $0.00
Program Management 486 $145,699.00 $0.00
Trade Specialist 419 $117,963.00 $0.00
Worker's Compensation Claims Examining 418 $95,846.00 $0.00
Statistical Assistant 407 $38,103.00 $0.00
Emergency Management Specialist 405 $122,300.00 $0.00
Electrical Engineering 401 $120,166.00 $0.00
Voucher Examining 379 $51,472.00 $0.00
Computer Engineering 376 $128,871.00 $0.00
Claims Assistance And Examining 355 $56,749.00 $0.00
Correctional Institution Administration 328 $113,532.00 $0.00
Pharmacology 317 $147,209.00 $0.00
Museum Specialist And Technician 279 $87,009.00 $0.00
Public Utilities Specialist 242 $118,020.00 $0.00
Forestry Technician 238 $49,077.00 $0.00
Astronomy And Space Science 210 $149,800.00 $0.00
Archives Technician 196 $84,750.00 $0.00
Human Resources Assistance 182 $37,957.00 $0.00
Government Information Specialist 177 $75,535.00 $0.00
Railroad Retirement Claims Examining 173 $81,092.00 $0.00
Bioengineering & Biomedical Engineering 171 $118,651.00 $0.00
Secretary 167 $66,796.00 $0.00
Plant Protection Technician 162 $31,401.00 $0.00
Electronics Technical 162 $121,244.00 $0.00
Public Affairs 159 $119,854.00 $0.00
Agricultural Marketing 152 $118,437.00 $0.00
Microbiology 151 $133,846.00 $0.00
Health System Specialist 148 $123,690.00 $0.00
Technical Information Services 145 $108,535.00 $0.00
Agricultural Commodity Grading 141 $47,924.00 $0.00
Archivist 138 $106,107.00 $0.00
Language Specialist 128 $79,563.00 $0.00
Building Management 128 $99,586.00 $0.00
Administration And Office Support Student Trainee 126 $22,660.00 $0.00
Medical Records Technician 125 $47,544.00 $0.00
Psychology 122 $120,445.00 $0.00
Geography 118 $105,951.00 $0.00
Materials Engineering 116 $117,841.00 $0.00
Transportation Specialist 113 $144,116.00 $0.00
Meteorology 113 $126,299.00 $0.00
Support Services Administration 112 $98,718.00 $0.00
Training Instruction 112 $69,997.00 $0.00
Park Ranger 111 $91,806.00 $0.00
Petroleum Engineering 109 $123,886.00 $0.00
Legal Instruments Examining 108 $51,125.00 $0.00
Biological Science Technician 107 $56,530.00 $0.00
Museum Curator 107 $122,486.00 $0.00
Education Program 106 $117,356.00 $0.00

This table lists the top 100 occupations held by the approximately 232,890 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 51,877 $58,435.00 $0.00
Internal Revenue Service 40,174 $65,989.00 $0.00
Social Security Administration 23,826 $81,233.00 $0.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 14,405 $73,590.00 $0.00
National Institutes Of Health 8,142 $113,029.00 $0.00
Department Of State 7,118 $112,805.00 $0.00
Food And Drug Administration 6,804 $126,876.00 $0.00
Environmental Protection Agency 5,664 $123,590.00 $0.00
Federal Bureau Of Investigation 4,439 $118,250.00 $0.00
Offices, Boards And Divisions 4,396 $121,718.00 $0.00
U.s. Census Bureau 3,882 $92,802.00 $0.00
Customs And Border Protection 3,080 $123,079.00 $0.00
Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services 2,997 $120,855.00 $0.00
Citizenship And Immigration Services 2,358 $104,461.00 $0.00
U.s. Agency For International Development 2,184 $127,126.00 $0.00
Dhs Headquarters 2,150 $131,784.00 $0.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 2,134 $141,115.00 $0.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 2,035 $138,317.00 $0.00
Bureau Of The Fiscal Service 1,912 $88,426.00 $0.00
Department Of Energy 1,661 $129,175.00 $0.00
Small Business Administration 1,651 $80,636.00 $0.00
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 1,586 $123,381.00 $0.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary For Information And Technology 1,430 $110,744.00 $0.00
Immigration And Customs Enforcement 1,416 $129,439.00 $0.00
John F. Kennedy Space Center 1,333 $118,232.00 $0.00
Forest Service 1,282 $70,654.00 $0.00
Federal Acquisition Service 1,269 $126,420.00 $0.00
Cybersecurity And Infrastructure Security Agency 1,205 $129,238.00 $0.00
Office Of Personnel Management 1,201 $93,260.00 $0.00
Health Resources And Services Administration 1,189 $124,740.00 $0.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1,186 $120,099.00 $0.00
Smithsonian Institution (Except Units Administered Under Separate Boards Of Trustees) 1,171 $93,566.00 $0.00
Office Of The Secretary Of Health And Human Services 1,007 $129,197.00 $0.00
Bureau Of Labor Statistics 959 $117,562.00 $0.00
Federal Communications Commission 891 $149,544.00 $0.00
Public Buildings Service 880 $112,097.00 $0.00
John Glenn Research Center At Lewis Field 837 $124,144.00 $0.00
Indian Health Service 833 $80,096.00 $0.00
Departmental Offices 832 $134,730.00 $0.00
Agricultural Marketing Service 784 $50,948.00 $0.00
Drug Enforcement Administration 747 $123,697.00 $0.00
Office Of The Secretary Of The Interior 738 $112,496.00 $0.00
U.s. Agency For Global Media 665 $115,747.00 $0.00
Animal And Plant Health Inspection Service 648 $95,761.00 $0.00
U.s. Coast Guard 567 $125,113.00 $0.00
Bureau Of Prisons/federal Prison System 565 $112,905.00 $0.00
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 558 $142,854.00 $0.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary For Finance 557 $77,462.00 $0.00
Office Of The Chief Information Officer (Department Of Agriculture) 537 $114,066.00 $0.00
Office Of The Chief Financial Officer (Department Of Agriculture) 524 $94,610.00 $0.00
Federal Trade Commission 500 $158,096.00 $0.00
Federal Highway Administration 499 $110,480.00 $0.00
Administration For Children And Families 486 $118,196.00 $0.00
Headquarters, Nasa 442 $146,287.00 $0.00
U.s. Secret Service 426 $111,851.00 $0.00
Ames Research Center 423 $152,105.00 $0.00
Office Of Workers' Compensation Programs 418 $95,846.00 $0.00
Office Of Management And Budget 393 $136,208.00 $0.00
Office Of The Director 389 $106,522.00 $0.00
Assistant Secretary For Housing--Federal Housing Commissioner 385 $131,269.00 $0.00
National Archives And Records Administration 334 $95,429.00 $0.00
International Trade Administration 316 $123,236.00 $0.00
Office Of The Assistant Secretary For Administration And Management 314 $133,128.00 $0.00
Bureau Of Reclamation 311 $118,301.00 $0.00
National Gallery Of Art 300 $71,721.00 $0.00
Fpac Business Center 283 $106,837.00 $0.00
Executive Director, Office Of Acquisition And Logistics 276 $99,489.00 $0.00
Railroad Retirement Board 275 $97,477.00 $0.00
Office Of Elementary And Secondary Education 222 $116,387.00 $0.00
Office Of Gsa It 220 $139,881.00 $0.00
Geological Survey 210 $114,087.00 $0.00
U.s. Fish And Wildlife Service 209 $107,759.00 $0.00
General Counsel (Department Of Veterans Affairs) 207 $130,125.00 $0.00
Foreign Agricultural Service 203 $105,200.00 $0.00
Office Of The Solicitor (Department Of Labor) 201 $152,050.00 $0.00
Pretrial Services Agency 197 $109,975.00 $0.00
Federal Student Aid 191 $124,417.00 $0.00
Office Of The Secretary (Department Of Commerce) 183 $140,163.00 $0.00
National Labor Relations Board 179 $151,797.00 $0.00
Office Of The Solicitor (Department Of Interior) 174 $137,738.00 $0.00
Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Administration 173 $127,615.00 $0.00
Office Of Justice Programs 169 $127,845.00 $0.00
Office Of The Senior Coordinator For Southeast/caribbean 163 $106,331.00 $0.00
Office Of The Secretary Of Transportation 162 $113,860.00 $0.00
Bureau Of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, And Explosives 153 $128,569.00 $0.00
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 150 $150,165.00 $0.00
Assistant Secretary For Community Planning And Development 147 $126,638.00 $0.00
Assistant Secretary For Public And Indian Housing 142 $138,477.00 $0.00
National Agricultural Statistics Service 142 $124,702.00 $0.00
Office Of General Counsel (Department Of Housing And Urban Development) 141 $140,816.00 $0.00
Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center 138 $133,178.00 $0.00
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 132 $140,051.00 $0.00
Office Of The Senior Coordinator For Rocky Mountains 131 $110,082.00 $0.00
Office Of The Chief Information Officer (Department Of Housing And Urban Development) 129 $142,638.00 $0.00
Office Of The U.s. Trade Representative 124 $145,892.00 $0.00
U.s. Marshals Service 123 $124,691.00 $0.00
Office Of The Senior Coordinator For Mid-Atlantic 122 $114,481.00 $0.00
Rural Development 120 $120,747.00 $0.00
Centers For Disease Control And Prevention 117 $124,291.00 $0.00
National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration 113 $126,299.00 $0.00

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 232,890 federal employees on the General Schedule payscale located within the U.S.. The average federal employee in the U.S. earns $85,893 per year, and the average yearly bonus is $0.

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 Contact Representative. The Federal agency with the largest number of employees in the U.S. is the Veterans Health Administration, which has total of 51,877 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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