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Pennsylvania Government Pay Charts Pennsylvania General Schedule Payscales

7,568 federal employees †
$63,304 average yearly pay
+1% salary raise this year

Federal employees in Pennsylvania are paid an adjusted base salary based on which of the six General Schedule localities that cover Pennsylvania in which they work. Localities that cover parts of Pennsylvania include Harrisburg, New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington DC and Rest of U.S..

This table lists all of the major cities and military installations within Pennsylvania 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
Allentown   Civilian 118 New York City 33.98%
Carlisle Barracks   Army 26 Harrisburg 17.2%
Letterkenny Army Depot   Army 18 Washington DC 30.48%
Lebanon   Civilian 1,273 Harrisburg 17.2%
Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg   Navy 12 Harrisburg 17.2%
Philadelphia   Civilian 10,986 Philadelphia 26.04%
Pittsburgh   Civilian 2,144 Pittsburgh 19.4%
Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove   Navy 22 Philadelphia 26.04%
Tobyhanna Army Depot   Army 1 New York City 33.98%
New Cumberland Army Depot   Army 43 Washington DC 30.48%

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).

Pennsylvania Federal Employment Statistics

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

Common Occupations in Pennsylvania

Occupation Number Employed Avg. Salary Avg. Bonus
Contact Representative 2,219 $47,203.00 $68.00
Tax Examining 1,026 $50,393.00 $4.00
Veterans Claims Examining 696 $73,370.00 $142.00
General Legal And Kindred Administration 629 $60,464.00 $90.00
Social Insurance Administration 519 $85,824.00 $274.00
Financial Clerical And Assistance 458 $46,314.00 $4.00
Miscellaneous Clerk And Assistant 420 $43,287.00 $60.00
Medical Support Assistance 335 $41,093.00 $17.00
Financial Administration And Program 181 $88,767.00 $14.00
General Physical Science 150 $104,484.00 $1,264.00
Miscellaneous Administration And Program 144 $71,102.00 $111.00
Information Technology Management 126 $96,807.00 $159.00
General Business And Industry 123 $106,029.00 $568.00
Environmental Engineering 120 $112,759.00 $1,401.00
Security Clerical And Assistance 111 $42,635.00 $0.00
General Health Science 110 $73,729.00 $16.00
Practical Nurse 101 $53,016.00 $0.00
Social Work 100 $77,546.00 $7.00

This table lists the top eighteen occupations held by the approximately 7,568 federal employees working in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, as well as average yearly compensation for Pennsylvania based federal employees of that occupation.

Federal Agencies in Pennsylvania

Agency Pennsylvania Employees Avg. Salary Avg. Bonus
Internal Revenue Service 2,476 $58,600.00 $6.00
Social Security Administration 1,925 $57,113.00 $189.00
Veterans Health Administration 1,042 $52,718.00 $9.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 1,007 $69,346.00 $125.00
Office Of Personnel Management 599 $47,693.00 $3.00
Environmental Protection Agency 270 $108,622.00 $1,333.00
Dep Asst Sec For Info And Technology 126 $96,807.00 $159.00
Ofc Of Sr Coord For Mid-Atlantic 123 $106,029.00 $568.00

There are eight Federal agencies with a significant workforce in Pennsylvania. 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 Pennsylvania

There are approximately 7,568 federal employees on the General Schedule payscale located within Pennsylvania. The average federal employee in Pennsylvania earns $63,304 per year, and the average yearly bonus is $170.

Based on data provided by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the most common job title for federal employees based in Pennsylvania is Contact Representative. The Federal agency with the largest number of employees in Pennsylvania is the Internal Revenue Service, which has total of 2,476 employees in the area.

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