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How much does a GS-13 employee get paid?

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
$76,687.00 $79,243.00 $81,799.00 $84,355.00 $86,911.00 $89,467.00 $92,023.00 $94,579.00 $97,135.00 $99,691.00

GS-13 Federal Employee Base Salary

GS-13 government employees will receive a base salary of between $76,687.00 and $99,691.00, depending on their General Schedule Step.

The educational and experience requirements for most GS-13 government jobs are:

  • Master's or Ph.D.
  • At least 1 year experience at GS-12 or equivalent

The General Schedule pay raise this year was 1.4%. This translates to a base pay raise of approximately $1,073.62 for a GS-13 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-13 employee.

GS-13 Step 1 Employee

$76,687.00 / year

$36.75 per hour

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About Grade GS-13

GS-13 is the most common grade in the General Schedule Pay System. GS-13 is highest grade for many career tracks in the federal government. This means that once an employee reaches GS-13, the only way to continue increasing your pay is to change career tracks to supervisor or another career path that includes higher grades.

GS-13 is the lower end of the top-level pay grades in the GS system, which also includes GS-14 and GS-15. This pay grade range includes senior managers and technical specialists.

Step Increases within GS-13

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-13 paygrade, a single step increase will raise yearly base pay by a total of $2,556.00.

When you receive a paygrade promotion, you will maintain your previously attained step. For example, a GS-13 Step 3 employee who receives a paygrade promotion to GS-14 will now be paid at GS-14 Step 3. Read more about how step increases work.

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