Massachusetts General Schedule Payscales
Federal employees in Massachusetts are paid an adjusted base salary based on which of the four General Schedule localities that cover Massachusetts in which they work. Localities that cover parts of Massachusetts include Boston, Hartford, Albany and Rest of U.S..
This table lists all of the major cities and military installations within Massachusetts 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|
|Westover Air Force Base||Air Force||9||Hartford||28.87%|
|Hanscom Air Force Base||Air Force||922||Boston||28.27%|
|Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England||Coast Guard||81||Boston||28.27%|
|Army Soldier Systems Center||Army||6||Boston||28.27%|
|Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod||Coast Guard||Unknown||Boston||28.27%|
† 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).
Massachusetts Federal Employment Statistics
This section provides statistics on Federal government employees in Massachusetts, 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 Massachusetts.
Common Occupations in Massachusetts
|Occupation||Number Employed||Avg. Salary||Avg. Bonus|
|Social Insurance Administration||260||$89,280.00||$297.00|
|General Health Science||218||$83,365.00||$0.00|
|Medical Support Assistance||191||$47,083.00||$15.00|
|Financial Clerical And Assistance||157||$52,550.00||$0.00|
This table lists the top nine occupations held by the approximately 2,412 federal employees working in Massachusetts, Massachusetts, as well as average yearly compensation for Massachusetts based federal employees of that occupation.
Federal Agencies in Massachusetts
|Agency||Massachusetts Employees||Avg. Salary||Avg. Bonus|
|Internal Revenue Service||1,110||$52,611.00||$0.00|
|Veterans Health Administration||927||$51,089.00||$6.00|
|Social Security Administration||260||$89,280.00||$297.00|
|Environmental Protection Agency||115||$119,221.00||$1,560.00|
There are four Federal agencies with a significant workforce in Massachusetts. 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 2,412 federal employees on the General Schedule payscale located within Massachusetts. The average federal employee in Massachusetts earns $61,170 per year, and the average yearly bonus is $172.
Based on data provided by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the most common job title for federal employees based in Massachusetts is Contact Representative. The Federal agency with the largest number of employees in Massachusetts is the Internal Revenue Service, which has total of 1,110 employees in the area.
The bar graph to the left shows the distribution of employees in Massachusetts 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.