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Pennsylvania Government Pay Charts Pennsylvania General Schedule Payscales

7,770 federal employees †
$61,339 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 New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington DC, Harrisburg 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
Philadelphia   Civilian 10,986 Philadelphia 24.59%
Pittsburgh   Civilian 2,144 Pittsburgh 18.35%
Allentown   Civilian 118 New York City 32.13%
Lebanon   Civilian 1,273 Harrisburg 16.15%
Letterkenny Army Depot   Army 18 Washington DC 28.22%
Carlisle Barracks   Army 26 Harrisburg 16.15%
New Cumberland Army Depot   Army 43 Washington DC 28.22%
Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg   Navy 12 Harrisburg 16.15%
Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove   Navy 22 Philadelphia 24.59%
Tobyhanna Army Depot   Army 1 New York City 32.13%

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 2,353 $46,497.00 $86.00
Tax Examining 1,125 $49,148.00 $4.00
Veterans Claims Examining 638 $72,915.00 $91.00
Social Insurance Administration 637 $77,061.00 $207.00
General Legal And Kindred Administration 605 $59,335.00 $89.00
Financial Clerical And Assistance 460 $44,850.00 $7.00
Miscellaneous Clerk And Assistant 450 $41,748.00 $62.00
Medical Support Assistance 287 $39,980.00 $121.00
Financial Administration And Program 195 $84,793.00 $9.00
General Physical Science 156 $102,830.00 $1,358.00
Miscellaneous Administration And Program 150 $68,291.00 $138.00
Environmental Engineering 125 $109,224.00 $1,445.00
Information Technology Management 124 $93,925.00 $265.00
Security Clerical And Assistance 123 $38,536.00 $9.00
General Business And Industry 119 $103,222.00 $501.00
General Health Science 116 $70,236.00 $48.00
Practical Nurse 107 $45,274.00 $124.00

This table lists the top seventeen occupations held by the approximately 7,770 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 2,833 $56,449.00 $5.00
Social Security Administration 2,054 $58,186.00 $197.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 963 $65,726.00 $90.00
Veterans Health Administration 904 $45,805.00 $71.00
Office Of Personnel Management 492 $47,863.00 $3.00
Environmental Protection Agency 281 $106,027.00 $1,402.00
Dep Asst Sec For Info And Technology 124 $93,925.00 $265.00
Ofc Of Sr Coord For Mid-Atlantic 119 $103,222.00 $501.00

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 7,770 federal employees on the General Schedule payscale located within Pennsylvania. The average federal employee in Pennsylvania earns $61,339 per year, and the average yearly bonus is $203.

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 2,833 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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