When is Federal Payday? - FederalPay.org
Federal Government employees are paid on the same day regardless of their pay scale. The federal government pays salaries on a biweekly basis known as a pay period. A pay period is typically 80 hours of work. If an employee works less than 80 hours per pay period, such as if they take unpaid leave or are an hourly employee, they will be paid at a pro-rated rate. Pay periods start on Sunday and end on Saturday at midnight.
Sick and Annual Leave is also accrued at the same time that pay is issued. If an employee works less than a full 80-hour pay period, paid leave is accrued at a pro-rated rate as well.
Payday is Wednesday morning. However, for most employees pay is typically deposited into employee’s accounts on Thursday the morning. Employees may receive pay on the Wednesday afternoon in somecases. If an employee banks with a federal credit union or another bank that works closely with the federal government, their pay will likely be deposited on Wednesday afternoon.
Payments are issued two weeks after a pay period ends. Employees are hired at the beginning of a pay period so new employees will work for nearly 4 weeks before receiving their first paycheck. This also means that any overtime worked will not be paid for at least two weeks.
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