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Massachusetts Government Pay Charts Massachusetts General Schedule Payscales

2,412 federal employees †
$61,170 average yearly pay
+1% salary raise this year

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
Boston   Civilian 4,763 Boston 28.27%
Worcester   Civilian 204 Boston 28.27%
Springfield   Civilian 168 Hartford 28.87%
Lowell   Civilian 295 Boston 28.27%
Cambridge   Civilian 660 Boston 28.27%
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%
Fort Devens   Army Unknown 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
Contact Representative 555 $52,639.00 $1.00
Nursing Assistant 415 $40,555.00 $4.00
Tax Examining 398 $52,644.00 $0.00
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
Environmental Engineering 115 $119,221.00 $1,560.00
Practical Nurse 103 $54,419.00 $5.00

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.

Distribution of GS Employees in Massachusetts

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.

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