Washington General Schedule Payscales
Federal employees in Washington are paid an adjusted base salary based on which of the three General Schedule localities that cover Washington in which they work. Localities that cover parts of Washington include Portland, Seattle and Rest of U.S..
This table lists all of the major cities and military installations within Washington 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|
|Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound||Coast Guard||5,046||Seattle||25.11%|
|Fairchild Air Force Base||Air Force||1,004||Rest of U.S.||15.37%|
|Joint Base Lewis-McChord||Air Force||741||Seattle||25.11%|
|Naval Station Everett||Navy||118||Seattle||25.11%|
|Yakima Training Center||Army||144||Rest of U.S.||15.37%|
|Naval Base Kitsap||Navy||21||Seattle||25.11%|
|Naval Air Station Whidbey Island||Navy||4||Seattle||25.11%|
† 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).
Washington Federal Employment Statistics
This section provides statistics on Federal government employees in Washington, 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 Washington.
Common Occupations in Washington
|Occupation||Number Employed||Avg. Salary||Avg. Bonus|
|Veterans Claims Examining||405||$74,325.00||$68.00|
|Medical Support Assistance||373||$39,972.00||$2.00|
|General Health Science||160||$78,133.00||$0.00|
|Environmental Protection Specialist||136||$107,158.00||$1,500.00|
|Social Insurance Administration||135||$91,685.00||$320.00|
|Worker's Compensation Claims Examining||119||$88,832.00||$49.00|
|Public Utilities Specialist||100||$106,891.00||$1,402.00|
|Health Aid And Technician||100||$43,972.00||$0.00|
This table lists the top fourteen occupations held by the approximately 3,023 federal employees working in Washington, Washington, as well as average yearly compensation for Washington based federal employees of that occupation.
Federal Agencies in Washington
|Agency||Washington Employees||Avg. Salary||Avg. Bonus|
|Veterans Health Administration||898||$52,571.00||$5.00|
|Social Security Administration||589||$71,592.00||$335.00|
|Department Of Energy||437||$111,483.00||$932.00|
|Veterans Benefits Administration||405||$74,325.00||$68.00|
|Internal Revenue Service||335||$50,431.00||$1.00|
|Environmental Protection Agency||136||$107,158.00||$1,500.00|
|Office Of Workers' Compensation Programs||119||$88,832.00||$49.00|
|Federal Highway Administration||104||$90,694.00||$176.00|
There are eight Federal agencies with a significant workforce in Washington. General Schedule employees at all of the agencies listed below will be paid according to the locality-adjusted GS payscale listed on this page.
There are approximately 3,023 federal employees on the General Schedule payscale located within Washington. The average federal employee in Washington earns $73,945 per year, and the average yearly bonus is $312.
Based on data provided by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the most common job title for federal employees based in Washington is Contact Representative. The Federal agency with the largest number of employees in Washington is the Veterans Health Administration, which has total of 898 employees in the area.
The bar graph to the left shows the distribution of employees in Washington 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.