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Virginia Government Pay Charts Virginia General Schedule Payscales

3,303 federal employees †
$102,359 average yearly pay
+5% salary raise this year

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

This table lists all of the major cities and military installations within Virginia 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
Alexandria   Civilian Unknown Washington DC 33.26%
Fort Pickett   Army Unknown Richmond 21.91%
Fort Ambrose Powell Hill   Army Unknown Richmond 21.91%
Fort Ambrose Powell Hill   Army Unknown Washington DC 33.26%
Naval Support Activity Northwest Annex   Navy Unknown Virginia Beach 18.46%
Joint Bases Langley-Eustis   Air Force Unknown Virginia Beach 18.46%
Newport News   Civilian Unknown Virginia Beach 18.46%
Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story   Navy Unknown Virginia Beach 18.46%
Norfolk Naval Shipyard   Navy Unknown Virginia Beach 18.46%
Marine Corps Base Quantico   Marines 32 Washington DC 33.26%
Radford Army Ammunition Plant   Army Unknown Rest of U.S. 16.82%
Richmond   Civilian Unknown Richmond 21.91%
Naval Air Station Ocean   Navy Unknown Virginia Beach 18.46%
Warrenton Training Center   Army 14 Washington DC 33.26%
Fort Belvoir   Army 2 Washington DC 33.26%
Joint Base Myer-Herderson Hall   Army 5,075 Washington DC 33.26%
Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division   Navy Unknown Washington DC 33.26%
Surface Combat Systems Center Wallops Island   Navy 286 Rest of U.S. 16.82%
Naval Weapons Station Yorktown   Navy 146 Virginia Beach 18.46%
Fort Lee   Army Unknown Richmond 21.91%

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).

Virginia Federal Employment Statistics

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

Common Occupations in Virginia

Occupation Number Employed Avg. Salary Avg. Bonus
Information Technology Management 749 $134,916.00 $67.00
Management And Program Analysis 527 $131,952.00 $47.00
Medical Support Assistance 298 $46,070.00 $4.00
Veterans Claims Examining 285 $77,739.00 $14.00
Contact Representative 264 $49,758.00 $0.00
Contracting 213 $131,592.00 $53.00
Miscellaneous Administration And Program 208 $132,014.00 $53.00
Practical Nurse 146 $60,292.00 $0.00
Social Work 138 $84,127.00 $4.00
Civil Engineering 135 $105,814.00 $0.00
Nursing Assistant 133 $43,447.00 $0.00
Pharmacist 104 $151,674.00 $0.00
General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences 103 $122,445.00 $149.00

This table lists the top thirteen occupations held by the approximately 3,303 federal employees working in Virginia, Virginia, as well as average yearly compensation for Virginia based federal employees of that occupation.

Federal Agencies in Virginia

Agency Virginia Employees Avg. Salary Avg. Bonus
Cybersecurity And Infrastructure Security Agency 1,343 $133,482.00 $71.00
Veterans Health Administration 819 $77,122.00 $2.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 285 $77,739.00 $14.00
Internal Revenue Service 264 $49,758.00 $0.00
U.s. Marshals Service 141 $130,387.00 $0.00
Federal Highway Administration 135 $105,814.00 $0.00
Department Of State 113 $136,086.00 $48.00
U.s. Fish And Wildlife Service 103 $122,445.00 $149.00
Office Of The Secretary Of The Interior 100 $127,097.00 $57.00

There are nine Federal agencies with a significant workforce in Virginia. 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 Virginia

There are approximately 3,303 federal employees on the General Schedule payscale located within Virginia. The average federal employee in Virginia earns $102,359 per year, and the average yearly bonus is $33.

Based on data provided by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the most common job title for federal employees based in Virginia is Information Technology Management. The Federal agency with the largest number of employees in Virginia is the Cybersecurity And Infrastructure Security Agency, which has total of 1,343 employees in the area.

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