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General Schedule Government Payscales General Schedule Base Pay Table for 2017

215,044 federal employees †
$82,750 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.


2017 General Schedule Pay Table: The table below shows the General Schedule's base pay rates for 2017. 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$18,526$19,146$19,762$20,375$20,991$21,351$21,960$22,575$22,599$23,171
GS-2$20,829$21,325$22,015$22,599$22,853$23,525$24,197$24,869$25,541$26,213
GS-3$22,727$23,485$24,243$25,001$25,759$26,517$27,275$28,033$28,791$29,547
GS-4$25,514$26,364$27,214$28,064$28,914$29,764$30,614$31,464$32,314$33,164
GS-5$28,545$29,497$30,449$31,401$32,353$33,305$34,257$35,209$36,161$37,113
GS-6$31,819$32,880$33,941$35,002$36,063$37,124$38,185$39,246$40,307$41,368
GS-7$35,359$36,538$37,717$38,896$40,075$41,254$42,433$43,612$44,791$45,970
GS-8$39,159$40,464$41,769$43,074$44,379$45,684$46,989$48,294$49,599$50,904
GS-9$43,251$44,693$46,135$47,577$49,019$50,461$51,903$53,345$54,787$56,229
GS-10$47,630$49,218$50,806$52,394$53,982$55,570$57,158$58,746$60,334$61,922
GS-11$52,329$54,073$55,817$57,561$59,305$61,049$62,793$64,537$66,281$68,025
GS-12$62,722$64,813$66,904$68,995$71,086$73,177$75,268$77,359$79,450$81,541
GS-13$74,584$77,070$79,556$82,042$84,528$87,014$89,500$91,986$94,472$96,958
GS-14$88,136$91,074$94,012$96,950$99,888$102,826$105,764$108,702$111,640$114,578
GS-15$103,672$107,128$110,584$114,040$117,496$120,952$124,408$127,864$131,320$134,776

GS Pay Cap: The 2017 General Schedule pay cap is $161,900.00 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.

2017 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 $786.00 in 2017, from $78,770.00 per year (based on the 2016 GS base table) to $79,556.00 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 19,679 $52,207.00 $0.00
Information Technology Management 17,978 $119,234.00 $0.00
Management And Program Analysis 17,761 $116,541.00 $0.00
Medical Support Assistance 16,613 $42,755.00 $0.00
Miscellaneous Administration And Program 12,870 $109,852.00 $0.00
Veterans Claims Examining 11,212 $75,061.00 $0.00
Tax Examining 9,852 $47,388.00 $0.00
General Attorney 8,531 $134,969.00 $0.00
Social Insurance Administration 7,940 $87,548.00 $0.00
Nursing Assistant 7,863 $40,177.00 $0.00
General Health Science 5,167 $93,947.00 $0.00
Miscellaneous Clerk And Assistant 5,130 $43,495.00 $0.00
Social Work 4,306 $83,474.00 $0.00
General Legal And Kindred Administration 4,280 $61,076.00 $0.00
Practical Nurse 4,168 $52,948.00 $0.00
Aerospace Engineering 3,412 $132,841.00 $0.00
Financial Clerical And Assistance 3,124 $47,280.00 $0.00
Contracting 2,690 $111,128.00 $0.00
Financial Administration And Program 2,443 $93,367.00 $0.00
General Engineering 2,402 $144,194.00 $0.00
Forestry Technician 2,195 $42,510.00 $0.00
Data Transcriber 2,013 $33,646.00 $0.00
Foreign Affairs 1,919 $129,647.00 $0.00
General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences 1,866 $112,181.00 $0.00
General Business And Industry 1,802 $113,102.00 $0.00
Pharmacist 1,793 $128,899.00 $0.00
Human Resources Management 1,777 $100,978.00 $0.00
Mail And File 1,770 $32,666.00 $0.00
Nurse 1,555 $88,905.00 $0.00
Health Insurance Administration 1,538 $123,113.00 $0.00
Health Aid And Technician 1,505 $46,346.00 $0.00
General Physical Science 1,458 $121,399.00 $0.00
Statistics 1,259 $114,417.00 $0.00
Environmental Protection Specialist 1,170 $123,084.00 $0.00
Security Administration 1,130 $111,072.00 $0.00
Social Science 1,101 $105,572.00 $0.00
Environmental Engineering 1,037 $124,119.00 $0.00
Economist 893 $127,803.00 $0.00
Chemistry 877 $127,231.00 $0.00
Passport And Visa Examining 845 $78,475.00 $0.00
Consumer Safety 833 $128,999.00 $0.00
Administrative Officer 813 $113,200.00 $0.00
General Arts And Information 789 $102,282.00 $0.00
Electronics Engineering 654 $137,100.00 $0.00
Civil Engineering 648 $101,802.00 $0.00
Agricultural Commodity Aid 618 $26,359.00 $0.00
Security Guard 605 $49,149.00 $0.00
Accounting 540 $90,503.00 $0.00
Mathematical Statistics 519 $124,632.00 $0.00
Public Health Program Specialist 502 $120,464.00 $0.00
Budget Analysis 499 $117,824.00 $0.00
Program Management 474 $140,751.00 $0.00
Grants Management 460 $117,307.00 $0.00
Worker's Compensation Claims Examining 439 $93,381.00 $0.00
Paralegal Specialist 430 $70,568.00 $0.00
Statistical Assistant 426 $37,115.00 $0.00
Park Ranger 409 $61,179.00 $0.00
Emergency Management Specialist 391 $118,258.00 $0.00
Claims Assistance And Examining 385 $54,660.00 $0.00
Computer Engineering 370 $125,214.00 $0.00
Biological Science Technician 367 $45,375.00 $0.00
Pharmacology 365 $139,691.00 $0.00
Electrical Engineering 362 $117,535.00 $0.00
Trade Specialist 308 $119,674.00 $0.00
Correctional Institution Administration 301 $110,174.00 $0.00
Voucher Examining 298 $53,639.00 $0.00
Museum Specialist And Technician 276 $84,146.00 $0.00
Loan Specialist 269 $76,116.00 $0.00
Administration And Office Support Student Trainee 263 $28,719.00 $0.00
Bioengineering & Biomedical Engineering 224 $115,600.00 $0.00
Astronomy And Space Science 206 $144,357.00 $0.00
Archives Technician 205 $78,564.00 $0.00
Government Information Specialist 186 $70,128.00 $0.00
Microbiology 186 $124,834.00 $0.00
Secretary 181 $64,441.00 $0.00
Medical Technologist 178 $88,144.00 $0.00
Electronics Technical 176 $116,960.00 $0.00
Railroad Retirement Claims Examining 174 $78,756.00 $0.00
Building Management 163 $99,003.00 $0.00
Plant Protection Technician 151 $30,426.00 $0.00
Public Affairs 151 $118,218.00 $0.00
Human Resources Assistance 146 $41,416.00 $0.00
Agricultural Commodity Grading 144 $46,339.00 $0.00
Audiovisual Production 144 $109,297.00 $0.00
Language Specialist 138 $74,840.00 $0.00
Public Utilities Specialist 137 $113,615.00 $0.00
Archivist 137 $103,761.00 $0.00
Agricultural Marketing 136 $115,656.00 $0.00
Medical Records Technician 128 $43,278.00 $0.00
Transportation Specialist 122 $138,911.00 $0.00
Health System Specialist 119 $124,663.00 $0.00
Meteorology 118 $120,794.00 $0.00
Materials Engineering 117 $118,188.00 $0.00
Technical Information Services 113 $111,736.00 $0.00
Veterinary Medical Science 107 $129,104.00 $0.00
Security Clerical And Assistance 107 $44,885.00 $0.00
Museum Curator 105 $120,641.00 $0.00
Petroleum Engineering 105 $115,486.00 $0.00
Legal Assistance 102 $62,076.00 $0.00
Auditing 101 $118,015.00 $0.00

This table lists the top 100 occupations held by the approximately 215,044 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 43,842 $56,121.00 $0.00
Internal Revenue Service 38,057 $64,070.00 $0.00
Social Security Administration 22,614 $78,506.00 $0.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 12,799 $73,464.00 $0.00
National Institutes Of Health 8,304 $105,908.00 $0.00
Food And Drug Administration 6,843 $124,031.00 $0.00
Department Of State 6,821 $107,839.00 $0.00
Environmental Protection Agency 5,494 $122,775.00 $0.00
Federal Bureau Of Investigation 4,971 $113,491.00 $0.00
Offices, Boards And Divisions 4,306 $111,011.00 $0.00
U.s. Census Bureau 3,621 $86,046.00 $0.00
Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services 2,969 $115,020.00 $0.00
Customs And Border Protection 2,960 $118,962.00 $0.00
Forest Service 2,712 $49,178.00 $0.00
Citizenship And Immigration Services 2,610 $100,787.00 $0.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 2,118 $131,068.00 $0.00
Dhs Headquarters 2,007 $127,547.00 $0.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 2,006 $136,778.00 $0.00
Bureau Of The Fiscal Service 1,584 $83,507.00 $0.00
Department Of Energy 1,410 $128,858.00 $0.00
Office Of Personnel Management 1,384 $84,294.00 $0.00
Immigration And Customs Enforcement 1,314 $126,474.00 $0.00
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 1,304 $125,777.00 $0.00
John F. Kennedy Space Center 1,251 $115,825.00 $0.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary For Information And Technology 1,231 $111,304.00 $0.00
Smithsonian Institution (Except Units Administered Under Separate Boards Of Trustees) 1,210 $90,228.00 $0.00
Federal Acquisition Service 1,169 $121,209.00 $0.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1,138 $115,997.00 $0.00
Cybersecurity And Infrastructure Security Agency 1,064 $124,150.00 $0.00
Bureau Of Labor Statistics 932 $115,455.00 $0.00
Agricultural Marketing Service 898 $44,572.00 $0.00
Federal Communications Commission 872 $147,004.00 $0.00
Departmental Offices 854 $129,138.00 $0.00
Public Buildings Service 791 $109,508.00 $0.00
Office Of The Secretary Of Health And Human Services 766 $125,448.00 $0.00
Office Of The Chief Financial Officer (Department Of Agriculture) 752 $82,730.00 $0.00
Small Business Administration 719 $79,205.00 $0.00
Drug Enforcement Administration 714 $119,135.00 $0.00
John Glenn Research Center At Lewis Field 703 $122,409.00 $0.00
Office Of The Secretary Of The Interior 698 $107,987.00 $0.00
U.s. Agency For Global Media 657 $110,193.00 $0.00
U.s. Coast Guard 642 $121,817.00 $0.00
Indian Health Service 607 $85,338.00 $0.00
Animal And Plant Health Inspection Service 586 $93,547.00 $0.00
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 557 $137,362.00 $0.00
U.s. Agency For International Development 545 $127,229.00 $0.00
Bureau Of Prisons/federal Prison System 534 $108,285.00 $0.00
National Park Service 519 $54,739.00 $0.00
Federal Highway Administration 478 $107,952.00 $0.00
Federal Trade Commission 467 $153,807.00 $0.00
Health Resources And Services Administration 459 $113,205.00 $0.00
Office Of Workers' Compensation Programs 439 $93,381.00 $0.00
Administration For Children And Families 430 $115,441.00 $0.00
Headquarters, Nasa 421 $144,143.00 $0.00
Office Of The Director 420 $100,542.00 $0.00
Assistant Secretary For Housing--Federal Housing Commissioner 386 $125,659.00 $0.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary For Finance 379 $66,316.00 $0.00
Ames Research Center 375 $151,256.00 $0.00
U.s. Secret Service 369 $110,913.00 $0.00
Agricultural Research Service 367 $45,375.00 $0.00
Office Of Management And Budget 359 $128,520.00 $0.00
National Archives And Records Administration 342 $91,163.00 $0.00
National Gallery Of Art 324 $68,859.00 $0.00
International Trade Administration 308 $119,674.00 $0.00
Bureau Of Reclamation 292 $114,309.00 $0.00
Bureau Of Land Management 291 $48,182.00 $0.00
Foreign Agricultural Service 278 $106,228.00 $0.00
Railroad Retirement Board 277 $96,939.00 $0.00
Executive Director, Office Of Acquisition And Logistics 253 $97,616.00 $0.00
Federal Student Aid 224 $118,090.00 $0.00
Office Of Gsa It 216 $133,497.00 $0.00
Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Administration 206 $125,187.00 $0.00
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 203 $127,770.00 $0.00
Office Of The Solicitor (Department Of Labor) 194 $146,897.00 $0.00
Pretrial Services Agency 191 $104,411.00 $0.00
National Labor Relations Board 186 $143,273.00 $0.00
Office Of The Chief Information Officer (Department Of Agriculture) 180 $109,555.00 $0.00
Fpac Business Center 179 $105,266.00 $0.00
General Counsel (Department Of Veterans Affairs) 177 $130,284.00 $0.00
Bureau Of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, And Explosives 162 $121,582.00 $0.00
Office Of The Secretary Of Transportation 157 $108,819.00 $0.00
Office Of The Senior Coordinator For Southeast/caribbean 156 $104,042.00 $0.00
Office Of The Secretary (Department Of Commerce) 155 $137,768.00 $0.00
Economic Research Service 151 $132,172.00 $0.00
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 149 $144,666.00 $0.00
Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center 140 $129,907.00 $0.00
Assistant Secretary For Public And Indian Housing 138 $133,583.00 $0.00
National Agricultural Statistics Service 138 $121,008.00 $0.00
Office Of The Solicitor (Department Of Interior) 137 $137,596.00 $0.00
U.s. Marshals Service 135 $120,701.00 $0.00
Assistant Secretary For Community Planning And Development 128 $125,549.00 $0.00
Office Of The Senior Coordinator For Rocky Mountains 128 $107,654.00 $0.00
Office Of The U.s. Trade Representative 128 $137,646.00 $0.00
Office Of Justice Programs 126 $122,659.00 $0.00
Office Of The Senior Coordinator For Mid-Atlantic 125 $110,245.00 $0.00
Office Of General Counsel (Department Of Housing And Urban Development) 124 $142,096.00 $0.00
National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration 118 $120,794.00 $0.00
U.s. Fish And Wildlife Service 108 $93,497.00 $0.00
Bureau Of Safety And Environmental Enforcement 105 $115,486.00 $0.00
Geological Survey 104 $117,873.00 $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 215,044 federal employees on the General Schedule payscale located within the U.S.. The average federal employee in the U.S. earns $82,750 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 43,842 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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