How much does a GS-12 employee get paid?
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GS-12 Federal Employee Base Salary
GS-12 government employees will receive a base salary of between $66,829.00 and $86,881.00, depending on their General Schedule Step.
The educational and experience requirements for most GS-12 government jobs are:
- Master's or Ph.D.
- At least 1 year experience at GS-11 or equivalent
The General Schedule pay raise this year was 1%. This translates to a base pay raise of approximately $668.29 for a GS-12 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-12 employee.
GS-12 Step 1 Employee
$66,829.00 / year
$32.02 per hour
About Grade GS-12
GS-12 is the second most common grade after GS-13. Most employees with GS-12 are in scientific and engineering positions with several years of experience. The GS-13 grade is typically more difficult to obtain than earlier grades. So many employees will spend several years in a GS-12 position before promotion. Early grades are advanced through more quickly.Step Increases within GS-12
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-12 paygrade, a single step increase will raise yearly base pay by a total of $2,228.00.
When you receive a paygrade promotion, you will maintain your previously attained step. For example, a GS-12 Step 3 employee who receives a paygrade promotion to GS-13 will now be paid at GS-13 Step 3. Read more about how step increases work.