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Virginia Government Pay Charts Virginia General Schedule Payscales

3,367 federal employees †
$97,042 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, 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 30.48%
Fort Pickett   Army Unknown Rest of U.S. 15.95%
Fort Ambrose Powell Hill   Army Unknown Richmond 19.95%
Naval Support Activity Northwest Annex   Navy Unknown Virginia Beach 16.51%
Joint Bases Langley-Eustis   Air Force Unknown Virginia Beach 16.51%
Newport News   Civilian Unknown Virginia Beach 16.51%
Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story   Navy Unknown Virginia Beach 16.51%
Norfolk Naval Shipyard   Navy Unknown Virginia Beach 16.51%
Marine Corps Base Quantico   Marines 32 Washington DC 30.48%
Radford Army Ammunition Plant   Army Unknown Rest of U.S. 15.95%
Richmond   Civilian Unknown Richmond 19.95%
Naval Air Station Ocean   Navy Unknown Virginia Beach 16.51%
Warrenton Training Center   Army 14 Washington DC 30.48%
Fort Belvoir   Army 2 Washington DC 30.48%
Joint Base Myer-Herderson Hall   Army 5,075 Washington DC 30.48%
Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division   Navy Unknown Washington DC 30.48%
Surface Combat Systems Center Wallops Island   Navy 286 Rest of U.S. 15.95%
Naval Weapons Station Yorktown   Navy 146 Virginia Beach 16.51%
Fort Lee   Army Unknown Richmond 19.95%

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 571 $126,572.00 $0.00
Management And Program Analysis 465 $122,132.00 $0.00
Medical Support Assistance 264 $43,237.00 $0.00
Veterans Claims Examining 260 $73,469.00 $0.00
Contact Representative 215 $50,118.00 $0.00
Environmental Protection Specialist 197 $125,406.00 $0.00
General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences 193 $115,078.00 $0.00
Miscellaneous Administration And Program 163 $122,316.00 $0.00
Practical Nurse 160 $52,561.00 $0.00
General Attorney 156 $98,767.00 $0.00
Nursing Assistant 139 $40,338.00 $0.00
Civil Engineering 132 $98,842.00 $0.00
Social Work 126 $78,643.00 $0.00
Contracting 122 $120,015.00 $0.00
General Physical Science 104 $117,873.00 $0.00
Pharmacist 100 $142,223.00 $0.00

This table lists the top sixteen occupations held by the approximately 3,367 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 1,064 $124,150.00 $0.00
Veterans Health Administration 789 $71,400.00 $0.00
Environmental Protection Agency 390 $120,242.00 $0.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 260 $73,469.00 $0.00
Internal Revenue Service 215 $50,118.00 $0.00
Social Security Administration 156 $98,767.00 $0.00
U.s. Marshals Service 135 $120,701.00 $0.00
Federal Highway Administration 132 $98,842.00 $0.00
Office Of The Secretary Of The Interior 122 $120,015.00 $0.00
Geological Survey 104 $117,873.00 $0.00

There are ten 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 3,367 federal employees on the General Schedule payscale located within Virginia. The average federal employee in Virginia earns $97,042 per year, and the average yearly bonus is $0.

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 1,064 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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