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Virginia Government Pay Charts Virginia General Schedule Payscales

3,872 federal employees †
$94,837 average yearly pay
+1% 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, Washington DC, Virginia Beach 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
Naval Air Station Ocean   Navy Unknown Virginia Beach 15.91%
Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story   Navy Unknown Virginia Beach 15.91%
Naval Support Activity Northwest Annex   Navy Unknown Virginia Beach 15.91%
Richmond   Civilian Unknown Richmond 19.38%
Newport News   Civilian Unknown Virginia Beach 15.91%
Alexandria   Civilian Unknown Washington DC 29.32%
Joint Bases Langley-Eustis   Air Force Unknown Virginia Beach 15.91%
Norfolk Naval Shipyard   Navy Unknown Virginia Beach 15.91%
Radford Army Ammunition Plant   Army Unknown Rest of U.S. 15.67%
Warrenton Training Center   Army 14 Washington DC 29.32%
Fort Pickett   Army Unknown Rest of U.S. 15.67%
Fort Ambrose Powell Hill   Army Unknown Richmond 19.38%
Marine Corps Base Quantico   Marines 32 Washington DC 29.32%
Joint Base Myer-Herderson Hall   Army 5,075 Washington DC 29.32%
Surface Combat Systems Center Wallops Island   Navy 286 Rest of U.S. 15.67%
Naval Weapons Station Yorktown   Navy 146 Virginia Beach 15.91%
Fort Belvoir   Army 2 Washington DC 29.32%
Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division   Navy Unknown Washington DC 29.32%
Fort Lee   Army Unknown Richmond 19.38%

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 905 $117,972.00 $233.00
Management And Program Analysis 712 $114,824.00 $597.00
General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences 301 $113,486.00 $851.00
Veterans Claims Examining 263 $69,305.00 $37.00
Environmental Protection Specialist 230 $117,310.00 $1,507.00
Medical Support Assistance 229 $41,801.00 $10.00
Practical Nurse 169 $50,656.00 $2.00
Contact Representative 168 $49,150.00 $0.00
Miscellaneous Administration And Program 153 $116,166.00 $352.00
General Attorney 151 $96,315.00 $131.00
Nursing Assistant 136 $38,403.00 $29.00
Civil Engineering 125 $95,147.00 $117.00
Social Work 115 $75,591.00 $0.00
General Physical Science 112 $115,195.00 $172.00
Contracting 103 $109,488.00 $383.00

This table lists the top fifteen occupations held by the approximately 3,872 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
Nat Protection And Programs Directorate 1,051 $117,023.00 $298.00
Veterans Health Administration 649 $51,613.00 $10.00
Environmental Protection Agency 520 $119,508.00 $1,568.00
Customs And Border Protection 474 $109,452.00 $329.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 263 $69,305.00 $37.00
Internal Revenue Service 168 $49,150.00 $0.00
Social Security Administration 151 $96,315.00 $131.00
U.s. Marshals Service 135 $116,962.00 $86.00
Federal Highway Administration 125 $95,147.00 $117.00
U.s. Fish And Wildlife Service 121 $110,226.00 $72.00
Geological Survey 112 $115,195.00 $172.00
Office Of The Secretary Of The Interior 103 $109,488.00 $383.00

There are twelve 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 3,872 federal employees on the General Schedule payscale located within Virginia. The average federal employee in Virginia earns $94,837 per year, and the average yearly bonus is $365.

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 Nat Protection And Programs Directorate, which has total of 1,051 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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