Iowa General Schedule Payscales
Federal employees in Iowa are paid an adjusted base salary based on which of the three General Schedule localities that cover Iowa in which they work. Localities that cover parts of Iowa include Davenport, Omaha 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|
|Des Moines||Civilian||1,314||Rest of U.S.||15.67%|
|Cedar Rapids||Civilian||80||Rest of U.S.||15.67%|
|Iowa City||Civilian||1,017||Rest of U.S.||15.67%|
† 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||108||$37,703.00||$0.00|
|General Health Science||103||$68,717.00||$0.00|
|Biological Science Technician||100||$50,667.00||$63.00|
This table lists the top three occupations held by the approximately 311 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||211||$53,210.00||$0.00|
|Agricultural Research Service||100||$50,667.00||$63.00|
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.
There are approximately 311 federal employees on the General Schedule payscale located within Iowa. The average federal employee in Iowa earns $52,362 per year, and the average yearly bonus is $21.
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 211 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.