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How much does a GS-10 employee get paid?

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
$56,528.00 $58,412.00 $60,296.00 $62,180.00 $64,064.00 $65,948.00 $67,832.00 $69,716.00 $71,600.00 $73,484.00

GS-10 Federal Employee Base Salary

GS-10 government employees will receive a base salary of between $56,528.00 and $73,484.00, depending on their General Schedule Step.

The educational and experience requirements for most GS-10 government jobs are:

  • Master's Degree
  • At least 1 year experience at GS-9 or equivalent

The General Schedule pay raise this year was 4.7%. This translates to a base pay raise of approximately $2,656.82 for a GS-10 Step 1 employee.

Remember that final General Schedule salaries will be higher, depending on the locality in which you work. Visit our locality pages or use our pay calculator to determine adjusted pay for a GS-10 employee.

GS-10 Step 1 Employee

$56,528.00 / year

$27.09 per hour

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About Grade GS-10

Grade 10 is the least common grade other than GS-1 and GS-2, which are used only for low-level intern and trainee positions. So why are there so few GS-10 positions? It boils down to the different career paths common in the GS system.

Many administrative and clerical jobs range from GS-3 to GS-9 with all the inclusive grades being used. Scientific and engineering jobs range from GS-5 to GS-13, but the typical promotion pattern is to increase two grades at a time up to GS-11. Then GS-11, GS-12, and GS-13 are all used. These two career groups are the most common in the GS pay system and neither typically give GS-10's. As a result, there are very few GS-10's in the federal government.

Step Increases within GS-10

As employees gain more experience, they can receive in-grade step promotions. While step promotions generally do not correspond with an increase in authority or responsibility, they do provide a pay raise. Within the GS-10 paygrade, a single step increase will raise yearly base pay by a total of $1,884.00.

When you receive a paygrade promotion, you will maintain your previously attained step. For example, a GS-10 Step 3 employee who receives a paygrade promotion to GS-11 will now be paid at GS-11 Step 3. Read more about how step increases work.

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