How much does a GS-3 employee get paid?
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GS-3 Federal Employee Base Salary
GS-3 government employees will receive a base salary of between $23,976.00 and $31,167.00, depending on their General Schedule Step.
The educational and experience requirements for most GS-3 government jobs are:
- High School Diploma or equivalent
- At least 1 year experience at GS-2 or equivalent
The General Schedule pay raise this year was 2.6%. This translates to a base pay raise of approximately $623.38 for a GS-3 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-3 employee.
GS-3 Step 1 Employee
$23,976.00 / year
$11.49 per hour
About Grade GS-3
GS-3 the the lowest grade commonly given to full time employees. Entry-level clerical and administrative positions typically start at this grade but move up quickly. Over time, grade-creep has lead to fewer GS-3 positions.Step Increases within GS-3
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-3 paygrade, a single step increase will raise yearly base pay by a total of $799.00.
When you receive a paygrade promotion, you will maintain your previously attained step. For example, a GS-3 Step 3 employee who receives a paygrade promotion to GS-4 will now be paid at GS-4 Step 3. Read more about how step increases work.