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How do Step Increases Work? - FederalPay.org

General Schedule (GS), Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Schedule, and Federal Wage Schedule (FWS) pay employees more based on how long they have been employed by the federal government. These pay scales assign steps to reflect how long a person has been with the federal government. Each step increase increases an employee’s pay 3-5%.

General Schedule and Law Enforcement Officer Schedule use a 10-step system and have the same length of time between step increases. The table below shows the period of qualified service needed to advance to the next step.

Current StepTime Until Step Increase
11 Year
21 Year
31 Year
42 Years
52 Years
62 Year
73 Years
83 Years
93 Years
10Maximum Step

In the Federal Wage Schedule there are 5 step. The table below shows the period of time between each step increase.

Current StepTime Until Step Increase
11 Year
21 Year and 6 Months
32 Years
42 Years
5Maximum Step


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