Congress has passed a retro-active 1.4% pay raise for 2019 in addition to a locality increase and 6 new localities.

General Schedule (GS) Payscale in Massachusetts for 2008

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The General Schedule (GS) payscale is the federal government payscale used to determine the salaries of over 70% of federal civilian employees.

Under the GS payscale, an employee's base pay depends on two factors - the GS Paygrade of their job, and the Paygrade Step they have achieved (depending on seniority or performance). This base pay is then modified based on a "Locality Pay Adjustment", which adjusts the GS payscale based on cost-of-living in different areas within the United States.

Massachusetts has one or more Locality Pay Adjustment areas with special locality pay adjustment rates. This page lists the locality-adjusted yearly GS pay scales for each area, with starting pay for a GS-1 broken down by county in the interactive map. For a detailed calculation of your pay as a GS employee in Massachusetts, see our General Schedule Pay Calculator.

HARTFORD-WEST HARTFORD, CT-MA

The HARTFORD-WEST HARTFORD, CT-MA General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Hartford and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 23.2% more than the GS base pay rates to account for local cost of living.

GS Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
GS-1$21,001$21,702$22,400$23,095$23,794$24,204$24,894$25,590$25,617$26,271
GS-2$23,611$24,173$24,954$25,617$25,903$26,664$27,426$28,187$28,948$29,710
GS-3$25,762$26,621$27,480$28,338$29,197$30,056$30,915$31,773$32,632$33,491
GS-4$28,921$29,886$30,851$31,815$32,780$33,744$34,709$35,674$36,638$37,603
GS-5$32,357$33,435$34,513$35,591$36,669$37,747$38,825$39,903$40,981$42,059
GS-6$36,068$37,270$38,473$39,675$40,878$42,080$43,283$44,485$45,687$46,890
GS-7$40,082$41,417$42,753$44,088$45,424$46,759$48,095$49,430$50,766$52,101
GS-8$44,389$45,869$47,348$48,828$50,307$51,787$53,267$54,746$56,226$57,706
GS-9$49,027$50,662$52,297$53,932$55,567$57,202$58,837$60,471$62,106$63,741
GS-10$53,991$55,791$57,591$59,391$61,191$62,991$64,791$66,591$68,391$70,191
GS-11$59,318$61,296$63,273$65,250$67,228$69,205$71,182$73,160$75,137$77,115
GS-12$71,097$73,468$75,838$78,209$80,579$82,949$85,320$87,690$90,060$92,431
GS-13$84,546$87,365$90,184$93,002$95,821$98,640$101,459$104,278$107,097$109,915
GS-14$99,907$103,237$106,567$109,897$113,227$116,557$119,887$123,217$126,547$129,877
GS-15$117,520$121,438$125,356$129,274$133,192$137,109$141,027$144,945$148,863$149,000*

The Hartford locality pay rate also applies to Chicopee, Springfield, and other cities within the region.

Government installations that use the Hartford GS locality include Westover Air Force Base, and other facilities within the region.

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BOSTON-WORCESTER-PROVIDENCE, MA-RI-NH-CT-ME

The BOSTON-WORCESTER-PROVIDENCE, MA-RI-NH-CT-ME General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Boston and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 21.74% more than the GS base pay rates to account for local cost of living.

GS Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
GS-1$20,752$21,445$22,135$22,821$23,512$23,917$24,599$25,287$25,313$25,960
GS-2$23,331$23,887$24,658$25,313$25,596$26,348$27,101$27,853$28,605$29,358
GS-3$25,457$26,306$27,154$28,003$28,851$29,700$30,548$31,397$32,245$33,094
GS-4$28,578$29,532$30,485$31,438$32,391$33,345$34,298$35,251$36,204$37,157
GS-5$31,974$33,039$34,104$35,169$36,235$37,300$38,365$39,430$40,496$41,561
GS-6$35,641$36,829$38,017$39,205$40,393$41,582$42,770$43,958$45,146$46,334
GS-7$39,607$40,927$42,246$43,566$44,886$46,205$47,525$48,845$50,164$51,484
GS-8$43,863$45,325$46,787$48,249$49,711$51,173$52,636$54,098$55,560$57,022
GS-9$48,446$50,062$51,677$53,293$54,908$56,524$58,139$59,755$61,370$62,986
GS-10$53,351$55,130$56,909$58,687$60,466$62,244$64,023$65,802$67,580$69,359
GS-11$58,615$60,569$62,523$64,477$66,431$68,385$70,339$72,293$74,247$76,201
GS-12$70,255$72,597$74,939$77,282$79,624$81,966$84,309$86,651$88,993$91,335
GS-13$83,544$86,329$89,115$91,900$94,686$97,471$100,257$103,042$105,827$108,613
GS-14$98,723$102,013$105,304$108,595$111,885$115,176$118,466$121,757$125,048$128,338
GS-15$116,128$119,999$123,870$127,742$131,613$135,484$139,356$143,227$147,098$149,000*

The Boston locality pay rate also applies to Boston, Cambridge, Lowell, Worcester, Bedford, Devens, Natick, Sandwich, Woods Hole, and other cities within the region.

Government installations that use the Boston GS locality include Hanscom Air Force Base, and other facilities within the region.

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ALBANY-SCHENECTADY, NY

The ALBANY-SCHENECTADY, NY General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Albany and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 12.91% more than the GS base pay rates to account for local cost of living.

GS Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
GS-1$19,247$19,889$20,529$21,166$21,806$22,182$22,815$23,453$23,477$24,077
GS-2$21,639$22,154$22,870$23,477$23,739$24,437$25,135$25,833$26,530$27,228
GS-3$23,611$24,398$25,185$25,972$26,759$27,546$28,333$29,119$29,906$30,693
GS-4$26,506$27,390$28,274$29,158$30,042$30,926$31,810$32,694$33,578$34,462
GS-5$29,655$30,643$31,631$32,619$33,607$34,594$35,582$36,570$37,558$38,546
GS-6$33,056$34,158$35,260$36,362$37,464$38,566$39,668$40,770$41,872$42,974
GS-7$36,734$37,958$39,182$40,406$41,630$42,854$44,078$45,302$46,526$47,750
GS-8$40,681$42,038$43,394$44,750$46,106$47,462$48,818$50,174$51,530$52,886
GS-9$44,933$46,431$47,929$49,427$50,926$52,424$53,922$55,421$56,919$58,417
GS-10$49,482$51,131$52,781$54,431$56,080$57,730$59,379$61,029$62,679$64,328
GS-11$54,364$56,176$57,988$59,801$61,613$63,425$65,237$67,049$68,862$70,674
GS-12$65,159$67,332$69,504$71,676$73,849$76,021$78,194$80,366$82,538$84,711
GS-13$77,484$80,068$82,651$85,235$87,818$90,401$92,985$95,568$98,152$100,735
GS-14$91,562$94,614$97,666$100,718$103,770$106,822$109,874$112,926$115,978$119,030
GS-15$107,705$111,295$114,886$118,476$122,067$125,658$129,248$132,839$136,429$140,020
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Rest of Massachusetts

Any federal employees in Massachusetts who do not live in an area for which a specific Locality Pay Adjustment has been set will receive the generic "Rest of the United States" locality pay adjustment of 12.91% (shown in the table below).

GS Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
GS-1$19,247$19,889$20,529$21,166$21,806$22,182$22,815$23,453$23,477$24,077
GS-2$21,639$22,154$22,870$23,477$23,739$24,437$25,135$25,833$26,530$27,228
GS-3$23,611$24,398$25,185$25,972$26,759$27,546$28,333$29,119$29,906$30,693
GS-4$26,506$27,390$28,274$29,158$30,042$30,926$31,810$32,694$33,578$34,462
GS-5$29,655$30,643$31,631$32,619$33,607$34,594$35,582$36,570$37,558$38,546
GS-6$33,056$34,158$35,260$36,362$37,464$38,566$39,668$40,770$41,872$42,974
GS-7$36,734$37,958$39,182$40,406$41,630$42,854$44,078$45,302$46,526$47,750
GS-8$40,681$42,038$43,394$44,750$46,106$47,462$48,818$50,174$51,530$52,886
GS-9$44,933$46,431$47,929$49,427$50,926$52,424$53,922$55,421$56,919$58,417
GS-10$49,482$51,131$52,781$54,431$56,080$57,730$59,379$61,029$62,679$64,328
GS-11$54,364$56,176$57,988$59,801$61,613$63,425$65,237$67,049$68,862$70,674
GS-12$65,159$67,332$69,504$71,676$73,849$76,021$78,194$80,366$82,538$84,711
GS-13$77,484$80,068$82,651$85,235$87,818$90,401$92,985$95,568$98,152$100,735
GS-14$91,562$94,614$97,666$100,718$103,770$106,822$109,874$112,926$115,978$119,030
GS-15$107,705$111,295$114,886$118,476$122,067$125,658$129,248$132,839$136,429$140,020
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* For some high-paygrade workers pay under the GS scale may be capped at $149,000, which is the SES (Senior Executive Scale)'s Level 4 pay for the current year (5 U.S.C. 5304 (g)(1)).


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Source: www.federalpay.org/gs/2008/massachusetts