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Washington Government Pay Charts Washington General Schedule Payscales

2,810 federal employees †
$76,328 average yearly pay
+1% 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
Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound   Coast Guard 5,046 Seattle 26.04%
Fairchild Air Force Base   Air Force 1,004 Rest of U.S. 15.67%
Joint Base Lewis-McChord   Air Force 741 Seattle 26.04%
Vancouver   Civilian 2,107 Portland 23.13%
Bellevue   Civilian 64 Seattle 26.04%
Kent   Civilian 78 Seattle 26.04%
Naval Station Everett   Navy 118 Seattle 26.04%
Yakima Training Center   Army 144 Rest of U.S. 15.67%
Naval Base Kitsap   Navy 21 Seattle 26.04%
Naval Air Station Whidbey Island   Navy 4 Seattle 26.04%

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
Contact Representative 739 $52,777.00 $153.00
Veterans Claims Examining 428 $75,824.00 $111.00
Medical Support Assistance 422 $41,116.00 $3.00
Electrical Engineering 220 $111,306.00 $274.00
General Health Science 173 $80,259.00 $0.00
Social Work 150 $80,211.00 $7.00
Environmental Protection Specialist 131 $107,259.00 $1,327.00
Social Insurance Administration 129 $95,456.00 $251.00
General Engineering 105 $118,906.00 $11.00
Worker's Compensation Claims Examining 105 $93,429.00 $102.00
Civil Engineering 104 $93,110.00 $138.00
Practical Nurse 104 $60,262.00 $0.00

This table lists the top twelve occupations held by the approximately 2,810 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 849 $57,347.00 $3.00
Social Security Administration 547 $74,678.00 $278.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 428 $75,824.00 $111.00
Department Of Energy 325 $115,106.00 $143.00
Internal Revenue Service 321 $51,655.00 $0.00
Environmental Protection Agency 131 $107,259.00 $1,327.00
Office Of Workers' Compensation Programs 105 $93,429.00 $102.00
Federal Highway Administration 104 $93,110.00 $138.00

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.

Distribution of GS Employees in Washington

There are approximately 2,810 federal employees on the General Schedule payscale located within Washington. The average federal employee in Washington earns $76,328 per year, and the average yearly bonus is $169.

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 849 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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