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 Washington 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.

Washington 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 Washington, see our General Schedule Pay Calculator.

SEATTLE-TACOMA, WA

The SEATTLE-TACOMA, WA General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Seattle and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 19.16% 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$20,312$20,990$21,666$22,338$23,013$23,410$24,077$24,751$24,777$25,410
GS-2$22,837$23,380$24,136$24,777$25,053$25,790$26,526$27,263$27,999$28,735
GS-3$24,918$25,748$26,579$27,409$28,240$29,070$29,901$30,731$31,562$32,392
GS-4$27,973$28,906$29,839$30,772$31,705$32,638$33,571$34,504$35,437$36,370
GS-5$31,296$32,339$33,381$34,424$35,467$36,509$37,552$38,595$39,637$40,680
GS-6$34,885$36,048$37,211$38,374$39,537$40,700$41,863$43,026$44,189$45,352
GS-7$38,768$40,059$41,351$42,643$43,934$45,226$46,518$47,809$49,101$50,393
GS-8$42,933$44,364$45,796$47,227$48,658$50,089$51,520$52,951$54,382$55,813
GS-9$47,420$49,001$50,582$52,163$53,745$55,326$56,907$58,488$60,070$61,651
GS-10$52,221$53,962$55,703$57,443$59,184$60,925$62,666$64,407$66,148$67,889
GS-11$57,373$59,286$61,198$63,111$65,023$66,936$68,848$70,761$72,673$74,586
GS-12$68,766$71,059$73,351$75,644$77,937$80,229$82,522$84,815$87,107$89,400
GS-13$81,774$84,500$87,226$89,953$92,679$95,405$98,132$100,858$103,585$106,311
GS-14$96,630$99,851$103,072$106,293$109,514$112,735$115,956$119,177$122,398$125,618
GS-15$113,667$117,456$121,245$125,035$128,824$132,613$136,402$140,192$143,981$147,770

The Seattle locality pay rate also applies to Bellevue, Bremerton, Everett, Kent, Oak Harbor, Seattle, Tacoma, and other cities within the region.

Government installations that use the Seattle GS locality include Bangor Naval Base, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Everett Naval Station, and other facilities within the region.

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PORTLAND-VANCOUVER-SALEM, OR-WA

The PORTLAND-VANCOUVER-SALEM, OR-WA General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Portland and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 18.17% 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$20,143$20,816$21,486$22,152$22,822$23,216$23,877$24,545$24,571$25,199
GS-2$22,647$23,186$23,935$24,571$24,845$25,576$26,306$27,036$27,766$28,497
GS-3$24,711$25,534$26,358$27,181$28,005$28,829$29,652$30,476$31,300$32,123
GS-4$27,740$28,666$29,591$30,516$31,441$32,367$33,292$34,217$35,143$36,068
GS-5$31,036$32,070$33,104$34,138$35,172$36,206$37,240$38,274$39,308$40,342
GS-6$34,595$35,749$36,902$38,055$39,209$40,362$41,515$42,669$43,822$44,976
GS-7$38,445$39,726$41,007$42,288$43,569$44,850$46,131$47,412$48,693$49,974
GS-8$42,577$43,996$45,415$46,834$48,254$49,673$51,092$52,511$53,930$55,350
GS-9$47,026$48,594$50,162$51,730$53,298$54,866$56,434$58,003$59,571$61,139
GS-10$51,787$53,513$55,240$56,966$58,693$60,419$62,146$63,872$65,599$67,325
GS-11$56,896$58,793$60,690$62,586$64,483$66,380$68,276$70,173$72,070$73,966
GS-12$68,195$70,468$72,742$75,015$77,289$79,563$81,836$84,110$86,383$88,657
GS-13$81,094$83,798$86,502$89,205$91,909$94,613$97,317$100,020$102,724$105,428
GS-14$95,828$99,022$102,216$105,410$108,604$111,798$114,992$118,187$121,381$124,575
GS-15$112,722$116,480$120,238$123,996$127,754$131,511$135,269$139,027$142,785$146,543

The Portland locality pay rate also applies to Vancouver, and other cities within the region.

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Rest of Washington

Any federal employees in Washington 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

The Rest of U.S. locality pay rate also applies to Spokane, Yakima, and other cities within the region.

Government installations that use the Rest of U.S. GS locality include Fairchild Air Force Base, and other facilities within the region.

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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/washington