General Schedule (GS) Payscale in Massachusetts for 2016

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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 26.2% 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$23,149$23,922$24,692$25,458$26,228$26,679$27,440$28,207$28,237$28,952
GS-2$26,026$26,646$27,508$28,237$28,558$29,398$30,239$31,079$31,920$32,760
GS-3$28,398$29,344$30,291$31,237$32,184$33,130$34,077$35,023$35,970$36,916
GS-4$31,879$32,942$34,005$35,067$36,130$37,192$38,255$39,318$40,380$41,443
GS-5$35,667$36,855$38,044$39,233$40,422$41,611$42,799$43,988$45,177$46,366
GS-6$39,758$41,083$42,408$43,733$45,058$46,384$47,709$49,034$50,359$51,684
GS-7$44,181$45,654$47,127$48,600$50,072$51,545$53,018$54,491$55,963$57,436
GS-8$48,929$50,560$52,190$53,821$55,451$57,082$58,712$60,343$61,973$63,604
GS-9$54,043$55,844$57,644$59,445$61,246$63,047$64,848$66,649$68,450$70,250
GS-10$59,513$61,497$63,481$65,465$67,449$69,433$71,417$73,400$75,384$77,368
GS-11$65,385$67,565$69,744$71,924$74,103$76,283$78,462$80,642$82,821$85,001
GS-12$78,371$80,984$83,596$86,208$88,821$91,433$94,046$96,658$99,270$101,883
GS-13$93,194$96,301$99,408$102,515$105,622$108,729$111,836$114,943$118,050$121,157
GS-14$110,126$113,797$117,468$121,139$124,811$128,482$132,153$135,824$139,495$143,166
GS-15$129,539$133,858$138,176$142,495$146,814$151,132$155,451$159,769$160,300*$160,300*

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 25.19% 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$22,964$23,731$24,495$25,255$26,018$26,465$27,220$27,981$28,011$28,720
GS-2$25,818$26,433$27,288$28,011$28,329$29,163$29,997$30,831$31,664$32,498
GS-3$28,170$29,109$30,048$30,987$31,926$32,865$33,804$34,743$35,682$36,621
GS-4$31,624$32,678$33,732$34,787$35,841$36,895$37,949$39,003$40,057$41,111
GS-5$35,381$36,560$37,740$38,919$40,098$41,278$42,457$43,636$44,816$45,995
GS-6$39,440$40,754$42,069$43,383$44,698$46,012$47,327$48,641$49,956$51,270
GS-7$43,828$45,289$46,750$48,211$49,672$51,133$52,594$54,055$55,516$56,976
GS-8$48,537$50,155$51,772$53,390$55,007$56,625$58,242$59,860$61,477$63,095
GS-9$53,610$55,397$57,183$58,969$60,756$62,542$64,329$66,115$67,902$69,688
GS-10$59,037$61,005$62,973$64,941$66,909$68,877$70,845$72,813$74,781$76,749
GS-11$64,862$67,024$69,186$71,348$73,510$75,672$77,834$79,996$82,158$84,320
GS-12$77,744$80,336$82,927$85,519$88,110$90,701$93,293$95,884$98,476$101,067
GS-13$92,448$95,530$98,612$101,694$104,777$107,859$110,941$114,023$117,105$120,187
GS-14$109,245$112,886$116,528$120,170$123,812$127,453$131,095$134,737$138,379$142,021
GS-15$128,503$132,787$137,071$141,355$145,639$149,923$154,207$158,491$160,300*$160,300*

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 14.49% 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$21,703$22,401$23,096$23,794$24,203$24,894$25,590$25,617$26,265
GS-2$23,611$24,173$24,955$25,617$25,908$26,670$27,433$28,195$28,958$29,720
GS-3$25,763$26,621$27,480$28,339$29,197$30,056$30,915$31,773$32,632$33,491
GS-4$28,921$29,885$30,849$31,813$32,777$33,741$34,705$35,669$36,633$37,597
GS-5$32,357$33,436$34,514$35,593$36,671$37,750$38,828$39,907$40,985$42,064
GS-6$36,069$37,271$38,473$39,675$40,878$42,080$43,282$44,484$45,686$46,888
GS-7$40,082$41,418$42,754$44,090$45,426$46,762$48,098$49,434$50,771$52,107
GS-8$44,389$45,868$47,347$48,827$50,306$51,785$53,264$54,743$56,223$57,702
GS-9$49,028$50,662$52,296$53,929$55,563$57,197$58,831$60,464$62,098$63,732
GS-10$53,991$55,791$57,591$59,391$61,190$62,990$64,790$66,590$68,389$70,189
GS-11$59,318$61,296$63,273$65,250$67,227$69,205$71,182$73,159$75,136$77,114
GS-12$71,099$73,469$75,839$78,209$80,579$82,949$85,319$87,689$90,059$92,429
GS-13$84,546$87,365$90,184$93,003$95,821$98,640$101,459$104,277$107,096$109,915
GS-14$99,907$103,238$106,568$109,899$113,229$116,560$119,890$123,221$126,552$129,882
GS-15$117,519$121,437$125,355$129,273$133,191$137,109$141,026$144,944$148,862$152,780
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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 14.35% (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$20,975$21,676$22,374$23,068$23,765$24,174$24,863$25,558$25,586$26,233
GS-2$23,582$24,144$24,925$25,586$25,876$26,638$27,399$28,161$28,923$29,684
GS-3$25,731$26,589$27,446$28,304$29,162$30,019$30,877$31,734$32,592$33,450
GS-4$28,886$29,849$30,812$31,774$32,737$33,700$34,663$35,626$36,589$37,551
GS-5$32,318$33,395$34,472$35,549$36,626$37,703$38,781$39,858$40,935$42,012
GS-6$36,025$37,225$38,426$39,627$40,828$42,028$43,229$44,430$45,630$46,831
GS-7$40,033$41,367$42,702$44,036$45,371$46,705$48,040$49,374$50,709$52,043
GS-8$44,335$45,812$47,289$48,767$50,244$51,722$53,199$54,676$56,154$57,631
GS-9$48,968$50,600$52,232$53,863$55,495$57,127$58,759$60,391$62,022$63,654
GS-10$53,925$55,723$57,520$59,318$61,116$62,913$64,711$66,508$68,306$70,103
GS-11$59,246$61,221$63,196$65,170$67,145$69,120$71,095$73,070$75,044$77,019
GS-12$71,012$73,380$75,747$78,114$80,481$82,848$85,215$87,582$89,949$92,316
GS-13$84,443$87,258$90,073$92,889$95,704$98,519$101,335$104,150$106,965$109,781
GS-14$99,785$103,112$106,438$109,765$113,091$116,417$119,744$123,070$126,397$129,723
GS-15$117,376$121,289$125,202$129,115$133,028$136,941$140,854$144,767$148,680$152,593
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* For some high-paygrade workers pay under the GS scale may be capped at $160,300, 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/2016/massachusetts