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Iowa Government Pay Charts Iowa General Schedule Payscales

233 federal employees †
$59,393 average yearly pay
+5% salary raise this year

Federal employees in Iowa are paid an adjusted base salary based on which of the four General Schedule localities that cover Iowa in which they work. Localities that cover parts of Iowa include Davenport, Omaha, Des Moines and Rest of U.S..

This table lists all of the major cities and military installations within Iowa where Federal employees work. Each city lists the GS Locality in which it is located, and the current Locality Adjustment applicable to that locality. Click on any city or locality to see the adjusted pay tables for that region.

City / Base Locality Type Federal Employee Count † GS Locality Name Locality Adjustment
Cedar Rapids   Civilian 80 Rest of U.S. 16.82%
Davenport   Civilian 61 Davenport 18.66%
Des Moines   Civilian 1,314 Des Moines 17.68%
Iowa City   Civilian 1,017 Rest of U.S. 16.82%

Employee count includes only Non-DoD Employees in the GS Pay Scale. However, these rates apply to all General Schedule (GS) employees, including those in the Department of Defense (DoD).

Iowa Federal Employment Statistics

This section provides statistics on Federal government employees in Iowa, 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 Iowa.

Common Occupations in Iowa

Occupation Number Employed Avg. Salary Avg. Bonus
Medical Support Assistance 124 $41,911.00 $4.00
Veterans Claims Examining 109 $76,874.00 $0.00

This table lists the top two occupations held by the approximately 233 federal employees working in Iowa, Iowa, as well as average yearly compensation for Iowa based federal employees of that occupation.

Federal Agencies in Iowa

Agency Iowa Employees Avg. Salary Avg. Bonus
Veterans Health Administration 124 $41,911.00 $4.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 109 $76,874.00 $0.00

There are two Federal agencies with a significant workforce in Iowa. 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 Iowa

There are approximately 233 federal employees on the General Schedule payscale located within Iowa. The average federal employee in Iowa earns $59,393 per year, and the average yearly bonus is $2.

Based on data provided by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the most common job title for federal employees based in Iowa is Medical Support Assistance. The Federal agency with the largest number of employees in Iowa is the Veterans Health Administration, which has total of 124 employees in the area.

The bar graph to the left shows the distribution of employees in Iowa 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.

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