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General Schedule Government Payscales General Schedule Base Pay Table for 2021

229,276 federal employees †
$88,039 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 53 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.


2021 General Schedule Pay Table: The table below shows the General Schedule's base pay rates for 2021. 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$19,738$20,400$21,056$21,709$22,365$22,749$23,398$24,052$24,078$24,690
GS-2$22,194$22,722$23,457$24,078$24,349$25,065$25,781$26,497$27,213$27,929
GS-3$24,216$25,023$25,830$26,637$27,444$28,251$29,058$29,865$30,672$31,479
GS-4$27,184$28,090$28,996$29,902$30,808$31,714$32,620$33,526$34,432$35,338
GS-5$30,414$31,428$32,442$33,456$34,470$35,484$36,498$37,512$38,526$39,540
GS-6$33,903$35,033$36,163$37,293$38,423$39,553$40,683$41,813$42,943$44,073
GS-7$37,674$38,930$40,186$41,442$42,698$43,954$45,210$46,466$47,722$48,978
GS-8$41,723$43,114$44,505$45,896$47,287$48,678$50,069$51,460$52,851$54,242
GS-9$46,083$47,619$49,155$50,691$52,227$53,763$55,299$56,835$58,371$59,907
GS-10$50,748$52,440$54,132$55,824$57,516$59,208$60,900$62,592$64,284$65,976
GS-11$55,756$57,615$59,474$61,333$63,192$65,051$66,910$68,769$70,628$72,487
GS-12$66,829$69,057$71,285$73,513$75,741$77,969$80,197$82,425$84,653$86,881
GS-13$79,468$82,117$84,766$87,415$90,064$92,713$95,362$98,011$100,660$103,309
GS-14$93,907$97,037$100,167$103,297$106,427$109,557$112,687$115,817$118,947$122,077
GS-15$110,460$114,142$117,824$121,506$125,188$128,870$132,552$136,234$139,916$143,598

GS Pay Cap: The 2021 General Schedule pay cap is $172,500.00 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.

2021 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 $839.00 in 2021, from $83,927.00 per year (based on the 2020 GS base table) to $84,766.00 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 21,932 $53,082.00 $120.00
Medical Support Assistance 21,207 $44,913.00 $238.00
Management And Program Analysis 19,462 $120,516.00 $566.00
Information Technology Management 19,107 $125,867.00 $454.00
Miscellaneous Administration And Program 13,261 $115,710.00 $600.00
Veterans Claims Examining 11,815 $78,654.00 $66.00
Tax Examining 10,193 $48,651.00 $4.00
General Attorney 8,522 $143,642.00 $711.00
Nursing Assistant 8,234 $42,738.00 $453.00
Social Insurance Administration 7,918 $92,587.00 $370.00
General Health Science 6,411 $98,818.00 $457.00
Miscellaneous Clerk And Assistant 6,131 $47,044.00 $164.00
Social Work 5,650 $86,954.00 $223.00
General Legal And Kindred Administration 4,737 $64,083.00 $179.00
Aerospace Engineering 3,626 $135,969.00 $412.00
Practical Nurse 3,616 $58,672.00 $644.00
General Engineering 3,034 $139,535.00 $517.00
Financial Administration And Program 2,826 $96,845.00 $407.00
Contracting 2,672 $113,597.00 $359.00
General Business And Industry 2,506 $115,493.00 $770.00
Financial Clerical And Assistance 2,499 $49,156.00 $25.00
Health Aid And Technician 2,471 $47,437.00 $431.00
Human Resources Management 2,470 $101,729.00 $419.00
General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences 2,436 $112,454.00 $1,132.00
Pharmacist 2,397 $139,696.00 $526.00
Foreign Affairs 2,152 $132,250.00 $141.00
General Physical Science 1,794 $122,473.00 $1,969.00
Nurse 1,597 $104,531.00 $467.00
Health Insurance Administration 1,563 $126,234.00 $310.00
Statistics 1,510 $122,181.00 $703.00
Social Science 1,266 $105,448.00 $370.00
Security Administration 1,075 $114,836.00 $360.00
Economist 1,047 $120,712.00 $804.00
Public Health Program Specialist 997 $123,068.00 $551.00
Administrative Officer 936 $119,132.00 $792.00
Environmental Engineering 897 $125,513.00 $2,526.00
General Arts And Information 810 $108,166.00 $524.00
Accounting 715 $95,816.00 $553.00
Environmental Protection Specialist 702 $135,021.00 $2,571.00
Passport And Visa Examining 689 $83,687.00 $59.00
Civil Engineering 680 $105,060.00 $314.00
Electronics Engineering 672 $141,158.00 $600.00
Chemistry 654 $131,033.00 $297.00
Paralegal Specialist 648 $75,811.00 $291.00
Agricultural Commodity Aid 632 $29,721.00 $51.00
Grants Management 619 $123,112.00 $1,030.00
Budget Analysis 607 $120,392.00 $608.00
Consumer Safety 564 $135,242.00 $526.00
Mathematical Statistics 506 $131,170.00 $584.00
Security Guard 504 $53,080.00 $1,330.00
Program Management 476 $147,959.00 $340.00
Forestry Technician 464 $47,782.00 $2,294.00
Statistical Assistant 444 $39,225.00 $225.00
Emergency Management Specialist 422 $124,367.00 $982.00
Worker's Compensation Claims Examining 420 $97,120.00 $300.00
Trade Specialist 420 $120,790.00 $1,196.00
Electrical Engineering 394 $121,193.00 $846.00
Computer Engineering 377 $129,234.00 $405.00
Loan Specialist 362 $74,079.00 $354.00
Claims Assistance And Examining 333 $57,312.00 $147.00
Correctional Institution Administration 324 $113,966.00 $218.00
Pharmacology 293 $146,746.00 $574.00
Museum Specialist And Technician 274 $88,166.00 $1,175.00
Public Utilities Specialist 261 $118,371.00 $1,349.00
Psychology 230 $114,697.00 $244.00
Voucher Examining 214 $59,681.00 $86.00
Astronomy And Space Science 214 $150,973.00 $801.00
Archives Technician 191 $87,800.00 $397.00
Government Information Specialist 186 $76,285.00 $323.00
Public Affairs 185 $124,405.00 $138.00
Plant Protection Technician 165 $31,182.00 $2,024.00
Agricultural Marketing 164 $115,629.00 $1,258.00
Human Resources Assistance 161 $40,222.00 $322.00
Electronics Technical 156 $122,725.00 $464.00
Railroad Retirement Claims Examining 156 $83,567.00 $0.00
Medical Technologist 155 $93,149.00 $837.00
Secretary 151 $66,537.00 $9.00
Bioengineering & Biomedical Engineering 148 $123,929.00 $639.00
Technical Information Services 146 $109,884.00 $522.00
Agricultural Commodity Grading 134 $48,472.00 $497.00
Microbiology 134 $135,650.00 $550.00
Geography 134 $107,949.00 $309.00
Building Management 132 $98,744.00 $67.00
Health System Specialist 131 $125,604.00 $207.00
Archivist 130 $110,460.00 $485.00
Medical Records Technician 120 $50,330.00 $0.00
Data Transcriber 118 $32,493.00 $4.00
Meteorology 115 $125,079.00 $1,521.00
Petroleum Engineering 112 $125,564.00 $157.00
Transportation Specialist 112 $147,109.00 $815.00
Auditing 110 $122,772.00 $1,153.00
Legal Instruments Examining 106 $53,160.00 $71.00
Geology 106 $109,806.00 $542.00
Support Services Administration 106 $102,346.00 $267.00
Materials Engineering 106 $119,848.00 $232.00
Veterinary Medical Science 105 $136,866.00 $508.00
International Relations 104 $121,428.00 $420.00
Mail And File 103 $31,251.00 $3.00
Museum Curator 102 $124,712.00 $701.00
Language Specialist 101 $84,381.00 $75.00

This table lists the top 100 occupations held by the approximately 229,276 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 51,803 $60,983.00 $332.00
Internal Revenue Service 38,385 $72,348.00 $86.00
Social Security Administration 22,706 $81,534.00 $311.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 13,830 $77,395.00 $73.00
National Institutes Of Health 9,532 $114,780.00 $808.00
Department Of State 7,382 $113,590.00 $207.00
Food And Drug Administration 6,638 $127,454.00 $505.00
Environmental Protection Agency 5,767 $123,518.00 $2,441.00
Offices, Boards And Divisions 4,486 $122,627.00 $535.00
Federal Bureau Of Investigation 4,360 $117,685.00 $556.00
U.s. Census Bureau 4,136 $96,453.00 $524.00
Customs And Border Protection 3,060 $124,601.00 $280.00
Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services 3,035 $122,379.00 $280.00
Citizenship And Immigration Services 2,164 $104,771.00 $479.00
Dhs Headquarters 2,162 $132,971.00 $274.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 2,155 $142,475.00 $777.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 1,948 $137,259.00 $242.00
Bureau Of The Fiscal Service 1,926 $90,185.00 $623.00
Department Of Energy 1,641 $130,357.00 $854.00
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 1,590 $119,978.00 $274.00
Forest Service 1,470 $66,426.00 $1,599.00
Immigration And Customs Enforcement 1,408 $132,643.00 $126.00
John F. Kennedy Space Center 1,366 $119,247.00 $239.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary For Information And Technology 1,329 $115,186.00 $361.00
Cybersecurity And Infrastructure Security Agency 1,323 $129,848.00 $531.00
Office Of The Secretary Of Health And Human Services 1,319 $129,270.00 $367.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1,243 $121,543.00 $843.00
Health Resources And Services Administration 1,241 $125,986.00 $659.00
Office Of Personnel Management 1,217 $93,350.00 $338.00
Smithsonian Institution (Except Units Administered Under Separate Boards Of Trustees) 1,124 $96,051.00 $586.00
Small Business Administration 1,057 $86,553.00 $449.00
Federal Acquisition Service 1,035 $125,844.00 $288.00
Departmental Offices 1,004 $133,077.00 $933.00
Bureau Of Labor Statistics 986 $117,062.00 $383.00
Agricultural Marketing Service 930 $47,164.00 $327.00
Federal Communications Commission 860 $151,672.00 $1,258.00
Public Buildings Service 842 $113,126.00 $169.00
Drug Enforcement Administration 763 $124,455.00 $207.00
U.s. Agency For International Development 756 $130,079.00 $584.00
John Glenn Research Center At Lewis Field 737 $125,595.00 $195.00
Office Of The Secretary Of The Interior 713 $113,573.00 $594.00
Indian Health Service 683 $91,696.00 $351.00
Animal And Plant Health Inspection Service 650 $96,599.00 $1,481.00
U.s. Coast Guard 599 $125,881.00 $271.00
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 575 $144,447.00 $3,505.00
U.s. Agency For Global Media 563 $115,086.00 $556.00
Bureau Of Prisons/federal Prison System 557 $113,318.00 $165.00
U.s. Secret Service 535 $115,446.00 $595.00
Office Of The Chief Financial Officer (Department Of Agriculture) 513 $95,772.00 $356.00
Administration For Children And Families 502 $119,551.00 $353.00
Federal Trade Commission 477 $161,034.00 $46.00
Federal Highway Administration 476 $111,953.00 $375.00
Headquarters, Nasa 450 $147,275.00 $170.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary For Finance 440 $71,395.00 $192.00
Office Of Management And Budget 438 $143,793.00 $802.00
Ames Research Center 437 $152,788.00 $1,323.00
National Archives And Records Administration 423 $113,047.00 $376.00
Office Of The Chief Information Officer (Department Of Agriculture) 421 $114,381.00 $503.00
Office Of Workers' Compensation Programs 420 $97,120.00 $300.00
Assistant Secretary For Housing--Federal Housing Commissioner 387 $132,886.00 $1,613.00
Office Of The Director 386 $108,092.00 $174.00
Office Of The Assistant Secretary For Administration And Management 325 $136,299.00 $294.00
Bureau Of Reclamation 316 $119,537.00 $569.00
International Trade Administration 314 $123,665.00 $997.00
Fpac Business Center 295 $105,973.00 $592.00
National Gallery Of Art 279 $72,691.00 $1,818.00
Executive Director, Office Of Acquisition And Logistics 272 $99,842.00 $56.00
Railroad Retirement Board 257 $99,621.00 $20.00
Assistant Secretary For Public And Indian Housing 244 $127,741.00 $414.00
Geological Survey 218 $112,510.00 $579.00
U.s. Fish And Wildlife Service 213 $108,840.00 $659.00
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 211 $133,502.00 $1,106.00
Foreign Agricultural Service 207 $109,626.00 $1,279.00
Office Of The Solicitor (Department Of Labor) 205 $152,764.00 $378.00
General Counsel (Department Of Veterans Affairs) 193 $133,202.00 $135.00
Office Of Gsa It 192 $141,781.00 $249.00
Pretrial Services Agency 191 $111,221.00 $1,201.00
Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Administration 187 $127,331.00 $536.00
National Labor Relations Board 185 $152,291.00 $383.00
Federal Student Aid 180 $128,666.00 $148.00
Office Of The Secretary (Department Of Commerce) 172 $145,797.00 $203.00
Office Of The Solicitor (Department Of Interior) 172 $141,009.00 $367.00
Office Of Justice Programs 170 $131,084.00 $1,175.00
Assistant Secretary For Community Planning And Development 167 $125,574.00 $1,120.00
Office Of The Senior Coordinator For Southeast/caribbean 164 $106,812.00 $1,546.00
Office Of The Secretary Of Transportation 162 $117,002.00 $218.00
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 157 $141,016.00 $100.00
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 153 $147,548.00 $1,966.00
Bureau Of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, And Explosives 149 $131,097.00 $477.00
National Agricultural Statistics Service 147 $126,067.00 $1,585.00
Office Of General Counsel (Department Of Housing And Urban Development) 142 $143,429.00 $720.00
Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center 140 $134,999.00 $308.00
Office Of The Senior Coordinator For Rocky Mountains 135 $109,691.00 $1,540.00
U.s. Marshals Service 132 $127,626.00 $492.00
Economic Research Service 130 $102,804.00 $871.00
Office Of The Chief Information Officer (Department Of Housing And Urban Development) 122 $146,419.00 $320.00
Centers For Disease Control And Prevention 121 $126,190.00 $119.00
Office Of The U.s. Trade Representative 119 $146,164.00 $106.00
Office Of Elementary And Secondary Education 116 $118,563.00 $291.00
Rural Development 116 $119,586.00 $605.00

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 229,276 federal employees on the General Schedule payscale located within the U.S.. The average federal employee in the U.S. earns $88,039 per year, and the average yearly bonus is $454.

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 51,803 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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