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General Schedule (GS) Pay Scales

2022 GS Pay Scale

2022 GS Pay Scales | General Schedule Pay Scale | WG Pay Scale | Executive Pay Scales

On this page you will find government pay scale & salary information for various pay grades & localities in 2022. All General Schedule (GS) government employees in the U.S. earn more than the base rate pay through locality adjustments. Locality pay rates for all areas are listed on this site. For those not in a specific locality area use the table titled Rest of U.S. The GS-9 step-1 pay on the Base Rate Chart is $47,097. The same grade pays $54,757 on the Rest of U.S. chart and $67,226 in the San Jose, San Francisco-Oakland areas. Look up the locality tables for your metropolitan area to determine the actual salary for your location.

 Federal Pay

2018 Pay Increase General Schedule employees will receive an across-the-board federal pay raise of 2.2% in 2022, plus an additional 0.5% locality pay adjustment, to total a 2.7% average increase. The 2.7%% pay raise 2022 charts are now available.

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2022 Annual Rates by GS Pay grade and Step

New 2022 Pay Charts

Approximately 10 percent of total federal non-postal employment is classified under the Wage Grade (WG) blue-collar pay schedules. Wage Grade workers, typically those who work in the trades or general labor, are placed in a five step pay system and their pay is based on competitive rates that are established by an annual wage survey. The Department of Defense employs the largest number of Wage Grade workers. If you work in this group view the Wage Grade Rate Tables for these occupations. Just look for your GS pay grade and pay grade step to find your annual rate.

Salary Charts & Pay Information:

2022 BASE RATE SALARY CHART

INCORPORATING THE 2.2% GENERAL SCHEDULE INCREASE

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2022

Grade
Step 1
Step 2
Step 3
Step 4
Step 5
Step 6
Step 7
Step 8
Step 9
Step 10
WGI
1 20172 20849 21519 22187 22857 23249 23913 24581 24608 25234 VARIES
2 22682 23222 23973 24608 24886 25618 26350 27082 27814 28546 VARIES
3 24749 25574 26399 27224 28049 28874 29699 30524 31349 32174 825
4 27782 28708 29634 30560 31486 32412 33338 34264 35190 36116 926
5 31083 32119 33155 34191 35227 36263 37299 38335 39371 40407 1036
6 34649 35804 36959 38114 39269 40424 41579 42734 43889 45044 1155
7 38503 39786 41069 42352 43635 44918 46201 47484 48767 50050 1283
8 42641 44062 45483 46904 48325 49746 51167 52588 54009 55430 1421
9 47097 48667 50237 51807 53377 54947 56517 58087 59657 61227 1570
10 51864 53593 55322 57051 58780 60509 62238 63967 65696 67425 1729
11 56983 58882 60781 62680 64579 66478 68377 70276 72175 74074 1899
12 68299 70576 72853 75130 77407 79684 81961 84238 86515 88792 2277
13 81216 83923 86630 89337 92044 94751 97458 100165 102872 105579 2707
14 95973 99172 102371 105570 108769 111968 115167 118366 121565 124764 3199
15 112890 116653 120416 124179 127942 131705 135468 139231 142994 146757 3763

Check out the 2022 GS pay scale below. Annual base rates by grade and step

Note: This is a base rate chart. All federal employees receive pay adjustments above the base rate chart in the form of  locality pay adjustments. To determine what your annual pay will be for your location view our Locality Pay Charts.

2022 HOURLY RATE SALARY CHART

SALARY TABLE 2022-GS
INCORPORATING THE 2.2% GENERAL SCHEDULE INCREASE
EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2022
Hourly Basic (B) Rates by Grade and Step
Hourly Title 5 Overtime (O) Rates for FLSA-Exempt Employees by Grade and Step

Note: This is a base rate chart. All federal employees receive pay adjustments above the base rate chart in the form of  locality pay adjustments. To determine the hourly rate for your location view our Locality Pay Charts for your area.

Grade B/O Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
1 B 9.67 9.99 10.31 10.63 10.95 11.14 11.46 11.78 11.79 12.09
O 14.51 14.99 15.47 15.95 16.43 16.71 17.19 17.67 17.69 18.14
2 B 10.87 11.13 11.49 11.79 11.92 12.28 12.63 12.98 13.33 13.68
O 16.31 16.70 17.24 17.69 17.88 18.42 18.95 19.47 20.00 20.52
3 B 11.86 12.25 12.65 13.04 13.44 13.84 14.23 14.63 15.02 15.42
O 17.79 18.38 18.98 19.56 20.16 20.76 21.35 21.95 22.53 23.13
4 B 13.31 13.76 14.20 14.64 15.09 15.53 15.97 16.42 16.86 17.31
O 19.97 20.64 21.30 21.96 22.64 23.30 23.96 24.63 25.29 25.97
5 B 14.89 15.39 15.89 16.38 16.88 17.38 17.87 18.37 18.86 19.36
O 22.34 23.09 23.84 24.57 25.32 26.07 26.81 27.56 28.29 29.04
6 B 16.60 17.16 17.71 18.26 18.82 19.37 19.92 20.48 21.03 21.58
O 24.90 25.74 26.57 27.39 28.23 29.06 29.88 30.72 31.55 32.37
7 B 18.45 19.06 19.68 20.29 20.91 21.52 22.14 22.75 23.37 23.98
O 27.68 28.59 29.52 30.44 31.37 32.28 33.21 34.13 35.06 35.97
8 B 20.43 21.11 21.79 22.47 23.16 23.84 24.52 25.20 25.88 26.56
O 30.65 31.67 32.69 33.71 34.74 35.76 36.78 37.28 37.28 37.28
9 B 22.57 23.32 24.07 24.82 25.58 26.33 27.08 27.83 28.59 29.34
O 33.86 34.98 36.11 37.23 37.28 37.28 37.28 37.28 37.28 37.28
10 B 24.85 25.68 26.51 27.34 28.16 28.99 29.82 30.65 31.48 32.31
O 37.28 37.28 37.28 37.28 37.28 37.28 37.28 37.28 37.28 37.28
11 B 27.30 28.21 29.12 30.03 30.94 31.85 32.76 33.67 34.58 35.49
O 37.28 37.28 37.28 37.28 37.28 37.28 37.28 37.28 37.28 37.28
12 B 32.73 33.82 34.91 36.00 37.09 38.18 39.27 40.36 41.45 42.55
O 37.28 37.28 37.28 37.28 37.28 38.18 39.27 40.36 41.45 42.55
13 B 38.92 40.21 41.51 42.81 44.10 45.40 46.70 47.99 49.29 50.59
O 38.92 40.21 41.51 42.81 44.10 45.40 46.70 47.99 49.29 50.59
14 B 45.99 47.52 49.05 50.58 52.12 53.65 55.18 56.72 58.25 59.78
O 45.99 47.52 49.05 50.58 52.12 53.65 55.18 56.72 58.25 59.78
15 B 54.09 55.90 57.70 59.50 61.30 63.11 64.91 66.71 68.52 70.32
O 54.09 55.90 57.70 59.50 61.30 63.11 64.91 66.71 68.52 70.32

SALARY TABLE 2022 – RUS

SALARY TABLE 2022-RUS
INCORPORATING THE 2.2% GENERAL SCHEDULE INCREASE AND A LOCALITY PAYMENT OF 16.20%
FOR THE LOCALITY PAY AREA OF REST OF U.S.
TOTAL INCREASE: 2.42%

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2022

Annual Rates by Grade and Step

Note: This is a base rate chart for those not covered in one of the 47 Locality Areas. If your town is not included in a specific locality areas this chart reflects your pay.

Grade
Step 1
Step 2
Step 3
Step 4
Step 5
Step 6
Step 7
Step 8
Step 9
Step 10
1 23440 24227 25005 25781 26560 27015 27787 28563 28594 29322
2 26356 26984 27857 28594 28918 29768 30619 31469 32320 33170
3 28758 29717 30676 31634 32593 33552 34510 35469 36428 37386
4 32283 33359 34435 35511 36587 37663 38739 39815 40891 41967
5 36118 37322 38526 39730 40934 42138 43341 44545 45749 46953
6 40262 41604 42946 44288 45631 46973 48315 49657 50999 52341
7 44740 46231 47722 49213 50704 52195 53686 55176 56667 58158
8 49549 51200 52851 54502 56154 57805 59456 61107 62758 64410
9 54727 56551 58375 60200 62024 63848 65673 67497 69321 71146
10 60266 62275 64284 66293 68302 70311 72321 74330 76339 78348
11 66214 68421 70628 72834 75041 77247 79454 81661 83867 86074
12 79363 82009 84655 87301 89947 92593 95239 97885 100530 103176
13 94373 97519 100664 103810 106955 110101 113246 116392 119537 122683
14 111521 115238 118955 122672 126390 130107 133824 137541 141259 144976
15 131178 135551 139923 144296 148669 153041 157414 161786 166159 170532

2022 Executive & Senior Level Employee Pay Tables

  • Rates of Pay for the Executive Schedule  (Web file)
  • Basic Rates of Pay for Members of the Senior Executive Service (Web file)
  • Basic Rates of Pay for Employees in Senior-Level and Scientific or Professional Positions (Web file)
  • Basic Rates of Pay for Administrative Law Judges  (Web file)
  • Basic Rates of Pay for Administrative Appeals Judges  (Web file)
  • Basic Rates of Pay for Members of Boards of Contract Appeals (Web file)
  • Locality Rates of Pay for Administrative Law Judges (Web file)
  • Locality Rates of Pay for Administrative Appeals Judges (Web file)
  • Locality Rates of Pay for Members of Boards of Contract Appeals (Web file)

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General Schedule (GS) How it Works

General Schedule (GS) base pay varies from the GS-1 level at $20,172 per annum to $146,757 per annum at step 10 of the GS-15 grade, not including locality pay adjustments. The Senior Executive Service salary tops out at $226,300 per annum. The average annual salary for full-time non-postal employees has increased to just over $90,500 in 2021. Starting pay depends on the level of experience, education and complexity of the position applied for. You may also be able to negotiate your starting salary if your previous employer pay was greater than step 1 of the pay grade you are hired into.

Each GS grade has 10 pay steps. Currently, a GS-9 starts at $47,097 for step 1 and reaches $61,227 per year at step 10 (not including locality pay adjustments). At the GS-9 grade, each pay step adds $1,570 to the annual salary. Pay steps are earned based on time in service and the employee’s work performance. General Schedule employees are referred to as white-collar workers under the federal classification system. There are 53 locality pay areas.
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2022 Locality Payments

 

Locality pay adjustments basically level the playing field for all federal employees across the country in different major metropolitan areas. OPM is added the following Locality Pay Areas: Birmingham-Hoover-Talladega, AL; Burlington-South Burlington, VT; San Antonio-New Braunfels-Pearsall, TX; and Virginia Beach-Norfolk, VA-NC last year. The proposed rule also added two “Rest of U.S.” locations to the geographic definitions of two existing locality pay areas and making minor, clarifying changes to the names of two locality pay areas. The 53 designated locality area salaries are adjusted by comparing GS and non-Federal pay in each locality pay area, based on salary surveys conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The lowest adjustment to the basic rate schedule listed above is for the “Rest of the US.” This group includes federal employees that do not reside in one of the 55 locality rate areas. The highest locality rate is assigned to for the San Jose, San-Francisco-Oakland California locality area.  You can determine what your salary would be at any location by using OPM’s salary calculator that you will find under resources on this page.

 Locality Areas

Locality Pay Tables (Click on the locality area to view the pay table)

Historical Rates

UPDATE: Six additional areas will be added in 2018, one for Virginia Beach, VA and a second one for those working in and around Burlington, Vt. There were thirteen cities added to the 2016 locality rate tables. The 13 cities included Albany, N.Y.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Austin, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; Colorado Springs, Co.; Davenport, Iowa; Harrisburg, Pa.; Kansas City, Mo.; Laredo, Texas; Las Vegas, Nev.; Palm Bay, Fla.; St. Louis, Mo.; and Tucson, Ariz.

BASIC PAY

It’s important to note that a locality rate is considered basic pay for computing the following, as applicable:

  • Deductions for benefits including retirement
  • Premiums for life insurance and benefits
  • Premium pay and premium pay limitations
  • Pay Advances
  • Severance pay
  • Lump-sum payments for accrued and accumulated annual leave
  • Post differentials under 5 U.S.C. 5925(a) and danger pay allowances under 5 U.S.C. 5928 for an employee temporarily working in a foreign area when the employee’s official worksite is located in a locality pay area
  • Post differentials under 5 U.S.C. 5941 and 5 CFR part 591, subpart B, for an employee temporarily working in a nonforeign area when the employee’s official worksite is located in a locality pay area”–with “Nonforeign area cost-of-living allowances and post differentials under 5 U.S.C. 5941 and 5 CFR part 591, subpart B
  • Relocation, recruitment, and retention incentives, supervisory differentials, and extended assignment incentives
  • Performance-based cash awards when the award is computed as a percentage of an employee’s rate of basic pay
  • GS pay administration provisions (e.g., promotions) to the extent provided in 5 CFR part 531, subpart B
  • Pay administration provisions for prevailing rate employees which consider rates of basic pay under the GS pay system in setting pay (except as otherwise provided in 5 CFR part 532), subject to the requirement that, if the employee’s actual locality rate would not apply at the official worksite for the prevailing rate position, that locality rate must be converted to a corresponding rate on the locality rate schedule for that official worksite; and
  • Grade and pay retention to the extent provided in 5 CFR part 536

Reference: 5 U.S.C. 5304(c)(2) and 5 CFR 531.610.)

Wage Grade (WG) How it Works

The government’s Personnel Classification System includes Wage Grade occupations grouped into families of like jobs. The 36 occupational families range from WG-2500 to WG-9000. Each occupational family has its own group number and title which makes it distinctive from every other family grouping. View the list of the Wage Grade Families that are concentrated in the trades and labor occupations.

Wage Grade Salary Tables

The Department of Defense (DOD) issues wage schedules and they conduct Federal Wage System (FWS) surveys. The Department of Defense’s Advisory Service maintains these rates and publishes them on their website. Visit the FWS wage schedules website for updated 2021 WG pay scales & schedules for your area.

Special Compensations Systems

There are a number of special compensation systems that augment the general schedule pay scale. Physicians receive signing bonuses for a one-year continued-service agreement and additional bonuses for two years. The Federal Aviation Administration pays employees in safety-related careers under a “Core Compensation” multi-pay band system. Organizations such as the General Accounting Office (GAO), NASA, and the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology either are exempt from or have exceptions to the GS pay system.  You can search special rate schedules for your area at the OPM website.

Federal employee special pay and benefits apply to eligible civilian employee that are assigned to duty in designated foreign areas, including Iraq and Afghanistan. Three departments, including The Department of Defense, the Department of State, and the Department of Labor administer most of the pay and benefits programs offered to such employees.  Certain foreign areas may be determined to have a special status due to U.S. military operations in the area or for other reasons.  Pay and benefits may vary depending on pay system of the employee, the assignment location, scope and nature of duties, and nature other assignment.

As missions in overseas locations change, certain authorities and benefits can also change.  We recommend that employees contact their agency’s human resources and/or benefits officers to determine if their overseas location qualifies for the authorities listed below.

Physician’s Comparability Allowance (PCA)

The head of each agency must determine categories of physician positions for which there is a significant recruitment and retention problem. A PCA may be paid only to physicians serving in positions in one of the categories. In determining the categories the agency must, as a minimum, establish as separate categories the following types of positions:

Clinical Positions: Positions primarily involving the practice of medicine or direct service to patients, involving the performance of diagnostic, preventive, or therapeutic services to patients in hospitals, clinics, public health programs, diagnostic centers, and similar settings.

Research Positions: Positions primarily involving the conduct of medical research and experimental work, including the conduct of medical work pertaining to food, drugs, cosmetics, and devices (or the review or evaluation of such medical research and experimental work), or the identification of causes or sources of disease or disease outbreaks.

Occupational Health: Positions primarily involving the evaluation of physical fitness, or the provision of initial treatment of on-the-job illness or injury, or the performance of preemployment examinations, preventive health screenings, or fitness-for-duty examinations.

Disability Evaluation and Administration of Health and Medical Programs: Positions involving disability evaluation and rating, the performance of medicolegal autopsies, training activities, or the administration of medical and health programs, including the administration of patient care or medical research and experimental programs.

  • PCA Payments: Agencies may pay a PCA of up to $14,000 annually to a physician with 24 months or less of service as a Government physician. Agencies may pay a PCA of up to $30,000 annually to a physician with more than 24 months of service as a Government physician. PCAs are subject to the aggregate limitation on pay under 5 U.S.C. 5307 and 5 CFR part 530, subpart B.

These changes are incorporated in the National Defense Authorization Act, FY 2019

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