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Kentucky Government Pay Charts Kentucky General Schedule Payscales

2,050 federal employees †
$58,870 average yearly pay
+5% salary raise this year

Federal employees in Kentucky are paid an adjusted base salary based on which of the two General Schedule localities that cover Kentucky in which they work. Localities that cover parts of Kentucky include Cincinnati and Rest of U.S..

This table lists all of the major cities and military installations within Kentucky 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
Covington   Civilian 2,717 Cincinnati 21.69%
Fort Campbell   Army 30 Rest of U.S. 16.82%
Lexington-Fayette   Civilian Unknown Rest of U.S. 16.82%
Blue Grass Army Depot   Army 1,452 Rest of U.S. 16.82%
Fort Knox   Army 50 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).

Kentucky Federal Employment Statistics

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

Common Occupations in Kentucky

Occupation Number Employed Avg. Salary Avg. Bonus
Tax Examining 727 $51,738.00 $2.00
Contact Representative 683 $52,407.00 $0.00
Medical Support Assistance 291 $44,441.00 $21.00
Veterans Claims Examining 238 $76,211.00 $17.00
Social Work 111 $91,118.00 $5.00

This table lists the top five occupations held by the approximately 2,050 federal employees working in Kentucky, Kentucky, as well as average yearly compensation for Kentucky based federal employees of that occupation.

Federal Agencies in Kentucky

Agency Kentucky Employees Avg. Salary Avg. Bonus
Internal Revenue Service 1,410 $51,961.00 $1.00
Veterans Health Administration 402 $60,000.00 $15.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 238 $76,211.00 $17.00

There are three Federal agencies with a significant workforce in Kentucky. 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 Kentucky

There are approximately 2,050 federal employees on the General Schedule payscale located within Kentucky. The average federal employee in Kentucky earns $58,870 per year, and the average yearly bonus is $9.

Based on data provided by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the most common job title for federal employees based in Kentucky is Tax Examining. The Federal agency with the largest number of employees in Kentucky is the Internal Revenue Service, which has total of 1,410 employees in the area.

The bar graph to the left shows the distribution of employees in Kentucky 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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