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North Carolina Government Pay Charts North Carolina General Schedule Payscales

3,500 federal employees †
$74,746 average yearly pay
+5% salary raise this year

Federal employees in North Carolina are paid an adjusted base salary based on which of the four General Schedule localities that cover North Carolina in which they work. Localities that cover parts of North Carolina include Charlotte, Raleigh, Virginia Beach and Rest of U.S..

This table lists all of the major cities and military installations within North Carolina 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
Asheville   Civilian 1,592 Rest of U.S. 16.82%
Cary   Civilian 21 Raleigh 21.9%
Charlotte   Civilian 564 Charlotte 19.26%
Durham   Civilian 3,505 Raleigh 21.9%
Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City   Coast Guard 270 Virginia Beach 18.46%
Fort Bragg   Army 803 Raleigh 21.9%
Seymour Johnson Air Force Base   Air Force 54 Raleigh 21.9%
Greensboro   Civilian 403 Rest of U.S. 16.82%
Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point   Marines 2 Rest of U.S. 16.82%
High Point   Civilian 6 Rest of U.S. 16.82%
Camp Mackall   Army Unknown Rest of U.S. 16.82%
Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune   Marines 37 Rest of U.S. 16.82%
Raleigh   Civilian 965 Raleigh 21.9%
Salisbury   Civilian 1,179 Charlotte 19.26%
Military Ocean terminal Sunny Point   Navy 3 Rest of U.S. 16.82%
Wilmington   Civilian 158 Rest of U.S. 16.82%
Winston-Salem   Civilian Unknown 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).

North Carolina Federal Employment Statistics

This section provides statistics on Federal government employees in North Carolina, 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 North Carolina.

Common Occupations in North Carolina

Occupation Number Employed Avg. Salary Avg. Bonus
Medical Support Assistance 951 $45,598.00 $45.00
Veterans Claims Examining 587 $77,149.00 $25.00
Nursing Assistant 429 $41,618.00 $32.00
Information Technology Management 260 $117,138.00 $0.00
General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences 259 $109,253.00 $2.00
Financial Clerical And Assistance 235 $47,324.00 $0.00
General Physical Science 231 $124,781.00 $3.00
Practical Nurse 201 $61,607.00 $99.00
General Health Science 127 $85,167.00 $79.00
Social Work 116 $87,005.00 $13.00
Management And Program Analysis 104 $115,509.00 $0.00

This table lists the top eleven occupations held by the approximately 3,500 federal employees working in North Carolina, North Carolina, as well as average yearly compensation for North Carolina based federal employees of that occupation.

Federal Agencies in North Carolina

Agency North Carolina Employees Avg. Salary Avg. Bonus
Veterans Health Administration 2,059 $54,163.00 $47.00
Environmental Protection Agency 596 $120,353.00 $1.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 587 $77,149.00 $25.00
Social Security Administration 135 $111,322.00 $0.00
National Institutes Of Health 123 $100,335.00 $4.00

There are five Federal agencies with a significant workforce in North Carolina. 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 North Carolina

There are approximately 3,500 federal employees on the General Schedule payscale located within North Carolina. The average federal employee in North Carolina earns $74,746 per year, and the average yearly bonus is $31.

Based on data provided by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the most common job title for federal employees based in North Carolina is Medical Support Assistance. The Federal agency with the largest number of employees in North Carolina is the Veterans Health Administration, which has total of 2,059 employees in the area.

The bar graph to the left shows the distribution of employees in North Carolina 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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