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Washington Government Pay Charts Washington General Schedule Payscales

3,362 federal employees †
$79,999 average yearly pay
+4% salary raise this year

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
Vancouver   Civilian 2,107 Portland 24.98%
Joint Base Lewis-McChord   Air Force 741 Seattle 29.57%
Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound   Coast Guard 5,046 Seattle 29.57%
Naval Air Station Whidbey Island   Navy 4 Seattle 29.57%
Kent   Civilian 78 Seattle 29.57%
Naval Station Everett   Navy 118 Seattle 29.57%
Naval Base Kitsap   Navy 21 Seattle 29.57%
Bellevue   Civilian 64 Seattle 29.57%
Yakima Training Center   Army 144 Rest of U.S. 16.5%
Fairchild Air Force Base   Air Force 1,004 Rest of U.S. 16.5%

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
Medical Support Assistance 912 $46,167.00 $841.00
Veterans Claims Examining 563 $83,278.00 $75.00
Contact Representative 556 $57,775.00 $228.00
Electrical Engineering 252 $129,746.00 $1,441.00
General Health Science 214 $89,873.00 $1,448.00
Social Work 176 $91,952.00 $1,566.00
Health Aid And Technician 122 $49,857.00 $738.00
Public Utilities Specialist 121 $121,475.00 $1,319.00
Social Insurance Administration 118 $106,562.00 $370.00
Pharmacist 113 $137,923.00 $2,178.00
Civil Engineering 109 $97,525.00 $290.00
Worker's Compensation Claims Examining 106 $102,135.00 $347.00

This table lists the top twelve occupations held by the approximately 3,362 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 1,537 $66,716.00 $1,126.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 563 $83,278.00 $75.00
Social Security Administration 427 $82,654.00 $410.00
Department Of Energy 373 $125,611.00 $1,380.00
Internal Revenue Service 247 $56,804.00 $5.00
Federal Highway Administration 109 $97,525.00 $290.00
Office Of Workers' Compensation Programs 106 $102,135.00 $347.00

There are seven 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.

Distribution of GS Employees in Washington

There are approximately 3,362 federal employees on the General Schedule payscale located within Washington. The average federal employee in Washington earns $79,999 per year, and the average yearly bonus is $806.

Based on data provided by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the most common job title for federal employees based in Washington is Medical Support Assistance. The Federal agency with the largest number of employees in Washington is the Veterans Health Administration, which has total of 1,537 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.

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