General Schedule (GS) Payscale in Pennsylvania 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.

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 29.2% 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$23,699$24,491$25,279$26,064$26,852$27,313$28,092$28,877$28,909$29,640
GS-2$26,645$27,279$28,162$28,909$29,237$30,097$30,958$31,818$32,679$33,539
GS-3$29,073$30,042$31,011$31,980$32,949$33,918$34,887$35,856$36,825$37,794
GS-4$32,637$33,725$34,813$35,901$36,989$38,077$39,164$40,252$41,340$42,428
GS-5$36,515$37,732$38,949$40,166$41,383$42,600$43,817$45,034$46,251$47,468
GS-6$40,703$42,060$43,416$44,773$46,130$47,486$48,843$50,199$51,556$52,913
GS-7$45,232$46,739$48,247$49,755$51,263$52,770$54,278$55,786$57,294$58,802
GS-8$50,092$51,761$53,431$55,100$56,769$58,438$60,108$61,777$63,446$65,116
GS-9$55,327$57,171$59,015$60,858$62,702$64,546$66,389$68,233$70,077$71,920
GS-10$60,928$62,959$64,990$67,021$69,052$71,083$73,114$75,145$77,176$79,207
GS-11$66,940$69,171$71,402$73,634$75,865$78,096$80,328$82,559$84,790$87,021
GS-12$80,234$82,909$85,583$88,258$90,932$93,607$96,281$98,956$101,630$104,304
GS-13$95,409$98,590$101,771$104,952$108,133$111,314$114,494$117,675$120,856$124,037
GS-14$112,744$116,502$120,261$124,019$127,778$131,536$135,294$139,053$142,811$146,570
GS-15$132,619$137,040$141,461$145,882$150,304$154,725$159,146$160,300*$160,300*$160,300*

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 24.78% 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$22,888$23,653$24,414$25,172$25,933$26,378$27,131$27,890$27,920$28,626
GS-2$25,733$26,346$27,198$27,920$28,236$29,068$29,899$30,730$31,561$32,392
GS-3$28,078$29,014$29,950$30,886$31,821$32,757$33,693$34,629$35,565$36,501
GS-4$31,521$32,571$33,622$34,673$35,723$36,774$37,825$38,875$39,926$40,977
GS-5$35,265$36,441$37,616$38,792$39,967$41,142$42,318$43,493$44,669$45,844
GS-6$39,311$40,621$41,931$43,241$44,551$45,862$47,172$48,482$49,792$51,102
GS-7$43,684$45,140$46,597$48,053$49,509$50,965$52,421$53,878$55,334$56,790
GS-8$48,378$49,991$51,603$53,215$54,827$56,439$58,051$59,664$61,276$62,888
GS-9$53,435$55,215$56,996$58,776$60,557$62,338$64,118$65,899$67,679$69,460
GS-10$58,844$60,805$62,767$64,728$66,690$68,651$70,613$72,575$74,536$76,498
GS-11$64,650$66,805$68,960$71,115$73,270$75,425$77,579$79,734$81,889$84,044
GS-12$77,490$80,073$82,656$85,238$87,821$90,404$92,987$95,570$98,153$100,736
GS-13$92,145$95,217$98,289$101,361$104,433$107,505$110,578$113,650$116,722$119,794
GS-14$108,887$112,517$116,146$119,776$123,406$127,036$130,666$134,296$137,926$141,555
GS-15$128,082$132,352$136,622$140,892$145,162$149,432$153,702$157,971$160,300*$160,300*

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 22.22% 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$22,419$23,168$23,914$24,655$25,401$25,837$26,574$27,317$27,347$28,038
GS-2$25,205$25,806$26,640$27,347$27,657$28,471$29,285$30,099$30,913$31,727
GS-3$27,502$28,419$29,335$30,252$31,169$32,085$33,002$33,918$34,835$35,752
GS-4$30,874$31,903$32,932$33,961$34,990$36,019$37,049$38,078$39,107$40,136
GS-5$34,542$35,693$36,844$37,996$39,147$40,298$41,450$42,601$43,752$44,904
GS-6$38,504$39,787$41,071$42,354$43,637$44,921$46,204$47,487$48,771$50,054
GS-7$42,788$44,214$45,641$47,067$48,493$49,920$51,346$52,772$54,198$55,625
GS-8$47,386$48,965$50,544$52,123$53,702$55,281$56,860$58,439$60,019$61,598
GS-9$52,338$54,082$55,826$57,571$59,315$61,059$62,803$64,547$66,291$68,035
GS-10$57,637$59,558$61,479$63,400$65,322$67,243$69,164$71,086$73,007$74,928
GS-11$63,323$65,434$67,545$69,656$71,766$73,877$75,988$78,099$80,209$82,320
GS-12$75,900$78,430$80,960$83,490$86,020$88,550$91,080$93,610$96,139$98,669
GS-13$90,255$93,264$96,273$99,282$102,291$105,300$108,309$111,318$114,327$117,336
GS-14$106,653$110,208$113,764$117,319$120,874$124,430$127,985$131,540$135,096$138,651
GS-15$125,454$129,636$133,819$138,001$142,183$146,366$150,548$154,731$158,913$160,300*

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 16.68% 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$21,403$22,118$22,830$23,538$24,250$24,666$25,370$26,079$26,107$26,768
GS-2$24,063$24,636$25,433$26,107$26,404$27,181$27,958$28,735$29,512$30,289
GS-3$26,255$27,130$28,006$28,881$29,756$30,631$31,506$32,381$33,256$34,131
GS-4$29,475$30,457$31,439$32,422$33,404$34,387$35,369$36,352$37,334$38,317
GS-5$32,976$34,075$35,174$36,273$37,373$38,472$39,571$40,670$41,769$42,868
GS-6$36,759$37,984$39,209$40,434$41,659$42,885$44,110$45,335$46,560$47,785
GS-7$40,849$42,210$43,572$44,933$46,295$47,657$49,018$50,380$51,742$53,103
GS-8$45,238$46,746$48,253$49,761$51,268$52,776$54,283$55,791$57,298$58,806
GS-9$49,966$51,631$53,296$54,961$56,626$58,291$59,956$61,621$63,286$64,951
GS-10$55,024$56,858$58,692$60,527$62,361$64,195$66,029$67,863$69,698$71,532
GS-11$60,453$62,468$64,483$66,498$68,513$70,528$72,543$74,559$76,574$78,589
GS-12$72,459$74,875$77,290$79,705$82,121$84,536$86,951$89,366$91,782$94,197
GS-13$86,164$89,036$91,909$94,781$97,654$100,527$103,399$106,272$109,145$112,017
GS-14$101,818$105,213$108,607$112,001$115,395$118,790$122,184$125,578$128,972$132,366
GS-15$119,767$123,760$127,753$131,746$135,739$139,731$143,724$147,717$151,710$155,702

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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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 14.47% 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$20,997$21,699$22,397$23,092$23,790$24,199$24,889$25,585$25,613$26,261
GS-2$23,607$24,169$24,951$25,613$25,903$26,666$27,428$28,191$28,953$29,715
GS-3$25,758$26,617$27,475$28,334$29,192$30,051$30,909$31,768$32,626$33,485
GS-4$28,916$29,880$30,844$31,808$32,772$33,735$34,699$35,663$36,627$37,591
GS-5$32,352$33,430$34,508$35,586$36,665$37,743$38,821$39,900$40,978$42,056
GS-6$36,063$37,265$38,466$39,668$40,870$42,072$43,274$44,476$45,678$46,880
GS-7$40,075$41,411$42,747$44,082$45,418$46,754$48,090$49,426$50,762$52,098
GS-8$44,381$45,860$47,339$48,818$50,297$51,776$53,255$54,734$56,213$57,692
GS-9$49,019$50,653$52,286$53,920$55,553$57,187$58,820$60,454$62,087$63,721
GS-10$53,982$55,781$57,581$59,380$61,180$62,979$64,779$66,578$68,378$70,177
GS-11$59,308$61,285$63,262$65,239$67,216$69,193$71,169$73,146$75,123$77,100
GS-12$71,087$73,457$75,826$78,196$80,565$82,935$85,304$87,674$90,043$92,413
GS-13$84,532$87,350$90,168$92,986$95,805$98,623$101,441$104,259$107,078$109,896
GS-14$99,890$103,220$106,550$109,880$113,210$116,540$119,870$123,199$126,529$129,859
GS-15$117,499$121,416$125,333$129,250$133,168$137,085$141,002$144,919$148,836$152,753

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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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 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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