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General Schedule (GS) Payscale in Pennsylvania for 2009

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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.

Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania, see our General Schedule Pay Calculator.

NEW YORK-NEWARK, NY-NJ-CT-PA

The NEW YORK-NEWARK, NY-NJ-CT-PA General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in New York City and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 27.96% 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$22,444$23,194$23,940$24,683$25,429$25,868$26,605$27,349$27,378$28,080
GS-2$25,235$25,835$26,669$27,378$27,684$28,498$29,312$30,126$30,939$31,753
GS-3$27,533$28,451$29,368$30,286$31,203$32,121$33,038$33,955$34,873$35,790
GS-4$30,910$31,940$32,970$34,000$35,030$36,060$37,090$38,121$39,151$40,181
GS-5$34,582$35,735$36,888$38,041$39,194$40,347$41,500$42,653$43,806$44,959
GS-6$38,548$39,833$41,117$42,402$43,687$44,972$46,256$47,541$48,826$50,110
GS-7$42,837$44,265$45,693$47,121$48,549$49,977$51,405$52,833$54,261$55,689
GS-8$47,441$49,023$50,604$52,186$53,768$55,349$56,931$58,512$60,094$61,675
GS-9$52,398$54,145$55,892$57,638$59,385$61,132$62,878$64,625$66,372$68,118
GS-10$57,704$59,627$61,550$63,473$65,397$67,320$69,243$71,166$73,089$75,013
GS-11$63,397$65,509$67,622$69,734$71,847$73,960$76,072$78,185$80,297$82,410
GS-12$75,986$78,519$81,051$83,583$86,116$88,648$91,180$93,713$96,245$98,777
GS-13$90,359$93,371$96,383$99,395$102,408$105,420$108,432$111,444$114,456$117,469
GS-14$106,776$110,336$113,896$117,456$121,016$124,575$128,135$131,695$135,255$138,815
GS-15$125,600$129,787$133,974$138,161$142,348$146,535$150,722$153,200*$153,200*$153,200*

The New York City locality pay rate also applies to Allentown, Tobyhanna, and other cities within the region.

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WASHINGTON-BALTIMORE-ARLINGTON, DC-MD-VA-WV-PA

The WASHINGTON-BALTIMORE-ARLINGTON, DC-MD-VA-WV-PA General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Washington DC and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 23.1% 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$21,592$22,313$23,031$23,746$24,464$24,886$25,595$26,310$26,338$27,013
GS-2$24,277$24,854$25,657$26,338$26,633$27,416$28,199$28,981$29,764$30,547
GS-3$26,487$27,370$28,253$29,135$30,018$30,901$31,783$32,666$33,548$34,431
GS-4$29,736$30,727$31,718$32,709$33,700$34,691$35,682$36,673$37,664$38,655
GS-5$33,269$34,378$35,487$36,596$37,706$38,815$39,924$41,033$42,142$43,251
GS-6$37,084$38,320$39,556$40,792$42,028$43,263$44,499$45,735$46,971$48,207
GS-7$41,210$42,584$43,958$45,332$46,705$48,079$49,453$50,827$52,201$53,574
GS-8$45,639$47,161$48,682$50,204$51,725$53,247$54,768$56,290$57,811$59,333
GS-9$50,408$52,089$53,769$55,449$57,129$58,810$60,490$62,170$63,851$65,531
GS-10$55,512$57,362$59,212$61,063$62,913$64,763$66,613$68,463$70,313$72,164
GS-11$60,989$63,021$65,053$67,086$69,118$71,151$73,183$75,215$77,248$79,280
GS-12$73,100$75,537$77,973$80,409$82,845$85,281$87,717$90,154$92,590$95,026
GS-13$86,927$89,825$92,723$95,620$98,518$101,416$104,314$107,211$110,109$113,007
GS-14$102,721$106,145$109,570$112,995$116,419$119,844$123,269$126,693$130,118$133,543
GS-15$120,830$124,858$128,886$132,914$136,941$140,969$144,997$149,025$153,053$153,200*

The Washington DC locality pay rate also applies to Chambersburg, Fairview, and other cities within the region.

Government installations that use the Washington DC GS locality include Defense Distribution Depot Susquehanna, and other facilities within the region.

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PHILADELPHIA-READING-CAMDEN, PA-NJ-DE-MD

The PHILADELPHIA-READING-CAMDEN, PA-NJ-DE-MD General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Philadelphia and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 21.25% 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$21,267$21,978$22,685$23,389$24,096$24,512$25,210$25,915$25,943$26,607
GS-2$23,912$24,480$25,271$25,943$26,232$27,004$27,775$28,546$29,317$30,088
GS-3$26,089$26,959$27,828$28,697$29,567$30,436$31,306$32,175$33,044$33,914
GS-4$29,289$30,265$31,241$32,217$33,193$34,169$35,146$36,122$37,098$38,074
GS-5$32,769$33,861$34,954$36,046$37,139$38,231$39,324$40,416$41,509$42,601
GS-6$36,527$37,744$38,961$40,179$41,396$42,613$43,831$45,048$46,265$47,483
GS-7$40,591$41,944$43,297$44,650$46,003$47,357$48,710$50,063$51,416$52,769
GS-8$44,953$46,452$47,951$49,449$50,948$52,447$53,945$55,444$56,943$58,441
GS-9$49,651$51,306$52,961$54,616$56,271$57,926$59,581$61,236$62,891$64,546
GS-10$54,678$56,500$58,322$60,145$61,967$63,790$65,612$67,434$69,257$71,079
GS-11$60,072$62,074$64,076$66,078$68,079$70,081$72,083$74,085$76,087$78,089
GS-12$72,002$74,401$76,801$79,201$81,600$84,000$86,399$88,799$91,198$93,598
GS-13$85,621$88,475$91,329$94,183$97,038$99,892$102,746$105,600$108,454$111,309
GS-14$101,177$104,550$107,923$111,297$114,670$118,043$121,416$124,789$128,162$131,536
GS-15$119,014$122,981$126,949$130,916$134,883$138,851$142,818$146,785$150,753$153,200*

The Philadelphia locality pay rate also applies to Philadelphia, Horsham, and other cities within the region.

Government installations that use the Philadelphia GS locality include Naval Facilities Engineering Command, and other facilities within the region.

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PITTSBURGH-NEW CASTLE-WEIRTON, PA-OH-WV

The PITTSBURGH-NEW CASTLE-WEIRTON, PA-OH-WV General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 15.86% 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$20,322$21,001$21,676$22,349$23,025$23,422$24,090$24,763$24,789$25,424
GS-2$22,849$23,392$24,148$24,789$25,066$25,803$26,540$27,277$28,014$28,751
GS-3$24,930$25,760$26,591$27,422$28,252$29,083$29,914$30,745$31,575$32,406
GS-4$27,987$28,920$29,852$30,785$31,718$32,651$33,583$34,516$35,449$36,381
GS-5$31,312$32,356$33,400$34,444$35,488$36,532$37,576$38,620$39,664$40,707
GS-6$34,903$36,066$37,229$38,393$39,556$40,719$41,882$43,045$44,209$45,372
GS-7$38,786$40,079$41,372$42,665$43,958$45,251$46,544$47,837$49,130$50,423
GS-8$42,955$44,387$45,819$47,251$48,683$50,115$51,547$52,979$54,411$55,843
GS-9$47,444$49,025$50,606$52,188$53,769$55,351$56,932$58,514$60,095$61,677
GS-10$52,247$53,988$55,730$57,471$59,213$60,954$62,695$64,437$66,178$67,919
GS-11$57,402$59,315$61,227$63,140$65,053$66,966$68,879$70,792$72,704$74,617
GS-12$68,801$71,094$73,387$75,680$77,973$80,265$82,558$84,851$87,144$89,437
GS-13$81,815$84,542$87,269$89,997$92,724$95,451$98,179$100,906$103,633$106,361
GS-14$96,679$99,903$103,126$106,349$109,572$112,796$116,019$119,242$122,465$125,688
GS-15$113,724$117,514$121,305$125,096$128,887$132,678$136,469$140,260$144,051$147,842

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

Government installations that use the Pittsburgh GS locality include Pittsburgh IAP Air Reserve Station, and other facilities within the region.

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Rest of Pennsylvania

Any federal employees in Pennsylvania 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 13.86% (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$19,971$20,638$21,302$21,964$22,627$23,018$23,674$24,335$24,361$24,985
GS-2$22,454$22,988$23,731$24,361$24,634$25,358$26,082$26,806$27,530$28,254
GS-3$24,499$25,316$26,132$26,948$27,765$28,581$29,398$30,214$31,030$31,847
GS-4$27,504$28,421$29,337$30,254$31,170$32,087$33,003$33,920$34,837$35,753
GS-5$30,772$31,798$32,824$33,849$34,875$35,901$36,927$37,953$38,979$40,005
GS-6$34,300$35,443$36,587$37,730$38,873$40,016$41,159$42,302$43,446$44,589
GS-7$38,117$39,388$40,658$41,929$43,200$44,470$45,741$47,012$48,282$49,553
GS-8$42,214$43,621$45,028$46,436$47,843$49,250$50,657$52,065$53,472$54,879
GS-9$46,625$48,179$49,733$51,287$52,841$54,395$55,950$57,504$59,058$60,612
GS-10$51,345$53,056$54,768$56,479$58,190$59,902$61,613$63,324$65,036$66,747
GS-11$56,411$58,291$60,170$62,050$63,930$65,810$67,690$69,570$71,449$73,329
GS-12$67,613$69,867$72,120$74,373$76,627$78,880$81,133$83,387$85,640$87,893
GS-13$80,402$83,083$85,763$88,443$91,123$93,804$96,484$99,164$101,844$104,525
GS-14$95,010$98,178$101,346$104,513$107,681$110,848$114,016$117,184$120,351$123,519
GS-15$111,760$115,486$119,211$122,937$126,662$130,388$134,113$137,839$141,564$145,290
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HARRISBURG-LEBANON, PA

The HARRISBURG-LEBANON, PA General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Harrisburg and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 13.86% 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$19,971$20,638$21,302$21,964$22,627$23,018$23,674$24,335$24,361$24,985
GS-2$22,454$22,988$23,731$24,361$24,634$25,358$26,082$26,806$27,530$28,254
GS-3$24,499$25,316$26,132$26,948$27,765$28,581$29,398$30,214$31,030$31,847
GS-4$27,504$28,421$29,337$30,254$31,170$32,087$33,003$33,920$34,837$35,753
GS-5$30,772$31,798$32,824$33,849$34,875$35,901$36,927$37,953$38,979$40,005
GS-6$34,300$35,443$36,587$37,730$38,873$40,016$41,159$42,302$43,446$44,589
GS-7$38,117$39,388$40,658$41,929$43,200$44,470$45,741$47,012$48,282$49,553
GS-8$42,214$43,621$45,028$46,436$47,843$49,250$50,657$52,065$53,472$54,879
GS-9$46,625$48,179$49,733$51,287$52,841$54,395$55,950$57,504$59,058$60,612
GS-10$51,345$53,056$54,768$56,479$58,190$59,902$61,613$63,324$65,036$66,747
GS-11$56,411$58,291$60,170$62,050$63,930$65,810$67,690$69,570$71,449$73,329
GS-12$67,613$69,867$72,120$74,373$76,627$78,880$81,133$83,387$85,640$87,893
GS-13$80,402$83,083$85,763$88,443$91,123$93,804$96,484$99,164$101,844$104,525
GS-14$95,010$98,178$101,346$104,513$107,681$110,848$114,016$117,184$120,351$123,519
GS-15$111,760$115,486$119,211$122,937$126,662$130,388$134,113$137,839$141,564$145,290

The Harrisburg locality pay rate also applies to Carlisle, Mechanicsburg, and other cities within the region.

Government installations that use the Harrisburg GS locality include Carlisle Barracks, and other facilities within the region.

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* For some high-paygrade workers pay under the GS scale may be capped at $153,200, 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/2009/pennsylvania