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2017 Pay Scale for US Federal Government Employees

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Summary: Learn about the changes to government pay rates from 2016 and view the updated 2017 pay scale chart.
 
Find out what the US federal government employee 2017 pay scale is in this article.

Of the three branches of the federal government – judicial, executive and legislative - the executive branch has fifteen cabinet departments and over 60 independent agencies. These departments and agencies operate from all over the globe. While the Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. metropolitan areas have the largest amount of federal workers, there are government employees all over that receive their pay based on the same scale. The average annual salary for full-time employees is $86,365.

View the 2016 pay scale here: 2016 Pay Scale for US Federal Government Employees

The government uses a pay scale with various pay grades, affected by localities. All U.S. General Schedule (GS) government employees receive more than the base rate pay with an adjustment based on the location of the employee. Where an employee starts depends on their experience, education, and the complexity of the position. There are 47 designated locality area salaries that affect the adjustment to an employee’s pay rate.

In 2017, the President gave a 2.1 percent civilian pay raise that is split into a 1 percent across-the-board pay increase and a 1.1 percent locality pay increase. Looking at the chart, a GS-1 Step 1 is $18,526, an increase of $183 from last year. The rates for hourly employees increased slightly. The beginning level for Step 1 employees was raised by $.09. The overtime rate increased $.13.

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See the below chart for the full 2017 pay scale for United States federal government employees:
 
INCORPORATING THE 1% GENERAL SCHEDULE INCREASE
EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2017

Annual base rates by grade and step
 
Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10 WGI
GS-1 18526 19146 19762 20375 20991 21351 21960 22575 22599 23171 VARIES
GS-2 20829 21325 22015 22599 22853 23525 24197 24869 25541 26213 VARIES
GS-3 22727 23485 24243 25001 25759 26517 27275 28033 28791 29549 758
GS-4 25514 26364 27214 28064 28914 29764 30614 31464 32314 33164 850
GS-5 28545 29497 30449 31401 32353 33305 34257 35209 36161 37113 952
GS-6 31819 32880 33941 35002 36063 37124 38185 39246 40307 41368 1061
GS-7 35359 36538 37717 38896 40075 41254 42433 43612 44791 45970 1179
GS-8 39159 40464 41769 43074 44379 45684 46989 48294 49599 50904 1305
GS-9 43251 44693 46135 47577 49019 50461 51903 53345 54787 56229 1442
GS-10 47630 49218 50806 52394 53982 55570 57158 58746 60334 61922 1588
GS-11 52329 54073 55817 57561 59305 61049 62793 64537 66281 68025 1744
GS-12 62722 64813 66904 68995 71086 73177 75268 77359 79450 81541 2091
GS-13 74584 77070 79556 82042 84528 87014 89500 91986 94472 96958 2486
GS-14 88136 91074 94012 96950 99888 102826 105764 108702 111640 114578 2938
GS-15 103672 107128 110584 114040 117496 120952 124408 127864 131320 134776 3456
 
2017 HOURLY RATE SCHEDULE
EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2017 Hourly Basic
 
  • (B) Rates by Grade and Step
  • Hourly Overtime (O) Rates by Grade and Step
 
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 8.88 9.17 9.47 9.76 10.06 10.23 10.52 10.82 10.83 11.1
O 13.32 13.76 14.21 14.64 15.09 15.35 15.78 16.23 16.25 16.65
2 B 9.98 10.22 10.55 10.83 10.95 11.27 11.59 11.92 12.24 12.56
O 14.97 15.33 15.83 16.25 16.43 16.91 17.39 17.88 18.36 18.84
3 B 10.89 11.25 11.62 11.98 12.34 12.71 13.07 13.43 13.8 14.16
O 16.34 16.88 17.43 17.97 18.51 19.07 19.61 20.15 20.7 21.24
4 B 12.23 12.63 13.04 13.45 13.85 14.26 14.67 15.08 15.48 15.89
O 18.35 18.95 19.56 20.18 20.78 21.39 22.01 22.62 23.22 23.84
5 B 13.68 14.13 14.59 15.05 15.5 15.96 16.41 16.87 17.33 17.78
O 20.52 21.2 21.89 22.58 23.25 23.94 24.62 25.31 26 26.67
6 B 15.25 15.75 16.26 16.77 17.28 17.79 18.3 18.8 19.31 19.82
O 22.88 23.63 24.39 25.16 25.92 26.69 27.45 28.2 28.97 29.73
7 B 16.94 17.51 18.07 18.64 19.2 19.77 20.33 20.9 21.46 22.03
O 25.41 26.27 27.11 27.96 28.8 29.66 30.5 31.35 32.19 33.05
8 B 18.76 19.39 20.01 20.64 21.26 21.89 22.52 23.14 23.77 24.39
O 28.14 29.09 30.02 30.96 31.89 32.84 33.78 34.23 34.23 34.23
9 B 20.72 21.41 22.11 22.8 23.49 24.18 24.87 25.56 26.25 26.94
O 31.08 32.12 33.17 34.2 34.23 34.23 34.23 34.23 34.23 34.23
10 B 22.82 23.58 24.34 25.1 25.87 26.63 27.39 28.15 28.91 29.67
O 34.23 34.23 34.23 34.23 34.23 34.23 34.23 34.23 34.23 34.23
11 B 25.07 25.91 26.75 27.58 28.42 29.25 30.09 30.92 31.76 32.59
O 34.23 34.23 34.23 34.23 34.23 34.23 34.23 34.23 34.23 34.23
12 B 30.05 31.06 32.06 33.06 34.06 35.06 36.07 37.07 38.07 39.07
O 34.23 34.23 34.23 34.23 34.23 35.06 36.07 37.07 38.07 39.07
13 B 35.74 36.93 38.12 39.31 40.5 41.69 42.88 44.08 45.27 46.46
O 35.74 36.93 38.12 39.31 40.5 41.69 42.88 44.08 45.27 46.46
14 B 42.23 43.64 45.05 46.45 47.86 49.27 50.68 52.09 53.49 54.9
O 42.23 43.64 45.05 46.45 47.86 49.27 50.68 52.09 53.49 54.9
15 B 49.68 51.33 52.99 54.64 56.3 57.95 59.61 61.27 62.92 64.58
O 49.68 51.33 52.99 54.64 56.3 57.95 59.61 61.27 62.92 64.58



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