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Alabama Birmingham General Schedule Payscale

1,805 federal employees †
$53,082 average yearly pay
+1% salary raise this year

The Birmingham Locality Area is a General Schedule locality primarily located within Alabama. Federal employees who work within the Birmingham locality area receive a locality adjustment of 15.77%, which is applied to the base General Schedule payscale.

Locality adjustment rates are set yearly by the OPM to account for higher costs of living within Birmingham, as compared to the Rest of U.S. locality raise (which is applied to all Federal employees not located within any other locality).

The chart below is the 2019 General Schedule pay table, with Birmingham's 15.77% locality raise applied to the base pay rates. These are the yearly pay rates that are applicable to most salaried federal employees within this region, based on their GS Grade and Step.

Note: We have projected the 2020 General Schedule payscale below based on last year's General Schedule base pay increase of 1.4%. We will publish the official General Schedule payscale for 2020 when it becomes available.
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* The 2019 General Schedule payscale is capped at a maximum salary of $166,500 per year, which is Level 4 of the Senior Executive Service payscale.

Birmingham Pay Locality Federal Employment Statistics

This section provides statistics on Federal government employees in the Birmingham pay area, 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 Birmingham pay area.

Common Occupations in Birmingham Locality

Occupation Number Employed Avg. Salary Avg. Bonus
Contact Representative 558 $51,093.00 $195.00
Social Insurance Administration 485 $78,827.00 $214.00
General Legal And Kindred Administration 359 $54,824.00 $127.00
Medical Support Assistance 192 $39,398.00 $0.00
Practical Nurse 111 $43,137.00 $0.00
Claims Assistance And Examining 100 $51,215.00 $160.00

This table lists the top six occupations held by the approximately 1,805 federal employees working in the Birmingham Locality, across all agencies, as well as average yearly compensation for Birmingham Locality based federal employees of that occupation.

Federal Agencies in Birmingham Locality

Agency Birmingham Locality Employees Avg. Salary Avg. Bonus
Social Security Administration 1,502 $58,990.00 $174.00
Veterans Health Administration 303 $41,268.00 $0.00

There are two Federal agencies with a significant workforce in the Birmingham Locality. 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 Birmingham Locality

There are approximately 1,805 federal employees on the General Schedule payscale located within the Birmingham pay area. The average federal employee in the Birmingham lcality earns $53,082 per year, and the average yearly bonus is $116.

Based on data provided by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the most common job title for federal employees based in the Birmingham locality is Contact Representative. The Federal agency with the largest number of employees in the Birmingham locality is the Social Security Administration, which has total of 1,502 employees in the area.

The bar graph to the left shows the distribution of employees in the Birmingham pay area 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.

Some of the largest cities and military installations covered by the Birmingham locality area include Birmingham and Anniston Army Depot.

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