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South Carolina Government Pay Charts South Carolina General Schedule Payscales

1,674 federal employees †
$68,887 average yearly pay
+5% salary raise this year

Federal employees in South Carolina are paid an adjusted base salary based on which of the two General Schedule localities that cover South Carolina in which they work. Localities that cover parts of South Carolina include Charlotte and Rest of U.S..

This table lists all of the major cities and military installations within South 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
Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort   Marines 37 Rest of U.S. 16.82%
Charleston   Civilian 1,823 Rest of U.S. 16.82%
Columbia   Civilian 2,015 Rest of U.S. 16.82%
Joint Base Charleston   Air Force 23 Rest of U.S. 16.82%
North Charleston   Civilian 109 Rest of U.S. 16.82%
Shaw Air Force Base   Air Force 62 Rest of U.S. 16.82%
Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island   Marines 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).

South Carolina Federal Employment Statistics

This section provides statistics on Federal government employees in South 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 South Carolina.

Common Occupations in South Carolina

Occupation Number Employed Avg. Salary Avg. Bonus
Medical Support Assistance 418 $44,024.00 $13.00
Veterans Claims Examining 311 $77,661.00 $1.00
Passport And Visa Examining 197 $78,921.00 $0.00
General Legal And Kindred Administration 170 $57,877.00 $0.00
Social Work 129 $82,169.00 $50.00
Financial Administration And Program 127 $98,161.00 $0.00
Pharmacist 111 $131,307.00 $113.00
Agricultural Commodity Aid 109 $32,545.00 $0.00
Nursing Assistant 102 $42,179.00 $0.00

This table lists the top nine occupations held by the approximately 1,674 federal employees working in South Carolina, South Carolina, as well as average yearly compensation for South Carolina based federal employees of that occupation.

Federal Agencies in South Carolina

Agency South Carolina Employees Avg. Salary Avg. Bonus
Veterans Health Administration 760 $68,741.00 $38.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 481 $67,769.00 $1.00
Department Of State 324 $88,541.00 $0.00
Agricultural Marketing Service 109 $32,545.00 $0.00

There are four Federal agencies with a significant workforce in South 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 South Carolina

There are approximately 1,674 federal employees on the General Schedule payscale located within South Carolina. The average federal employee in South Carolina earns $68,887 per year, and the average yearly bonus is $19.

Based on data provided by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the most common job title for federal employees based in South Carolina is Medical Support Assistance. The Federal agency with the largest number of employees in South Carolina is the Veterans Health Administration, which has total of 760 employees in the area.

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