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General Schedule (GS) Payscale in Washington 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.

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 22.26% 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$22,426$23,176$23,921$24,664$25,409$25,846$26,583$27,326$27,356$28,048
GS-2$25,214$25,814$26,649$27,356$27,666$28,480$29,295$30,109$30,923$31,737
GS-3$27,511$28,428$29,345$30,262$31,179$32,096$33,013$33,930$34,847$35,763
GS-4$30,884$31,914$32,943$33,972$35,002$36,031$37,061$38,090$39,120$40,149
GS-5$34,553$35,705$36,856$38,008$39,160$40,312$41,463$42,615$43,767$44,918
GS-6$38,517$39,801$41,084$42,368$43,652$44,935$46,219$47,503$48,787$50,070
GS-7$42,802$44,229$45,656$47,082$48,509$49,936$51,363$52,789$54,216$55,643
GS-8$47,401$48,981$50,561$52,140$53,720$55,299$56,879$58,459$60,038$61,618
GS-9$52,355$54,100$55,845$57,589$59,334$61,079$62,823$64,568$66,313$68,057
GS-10$57,655$59,577$61,499$63,421$65,343$67,265$69,187$71,109$73,031$74,953
GS-11$63,344$65,456$67,567$69,678$71,790$73,901$76,013$78,124$80,236$82,347
GS-12$75,925$78,455$80,986$83,517$86,048$88,579$91,109$93,640$96,171$98,702
GS-13$90,284$93,294$96,304$99,314$102,324$105,334$108,344$111,354$114,364$117,374
GS-14$106,688$110,244$113,801$117,357$120,914$124,470$128,027$131,584$135,140$138,697
GS-15$125,495$129,679$133,862$138,046$142,230$146,414$150,597$154,781$158,965$160,300*

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 20.69% 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$22,138$22,878$23,614$24,347$25,083$25,514$26,242$26,975$27,004$27,687
GS-2$24,890$25,482$26,307$27,004$27,311$28,115$28,919$29,722$30,526$31,330
GS-3$27,158$28,063$28,968$29,873$30,778$31,684$32,589$33,494$34,399$35,304
GS-4$30,488$31,504$32,520$33,536$34,552$35,569$36,585$37,601$38,617$39,633
GS-5$34,109$35,246$36,383$37,520$38,657$39,794$40,931$42,068$43,205$44,342
GS-6$38,022$39,289$40,557$41,824$43,091$44,358$45,626$46,893$48,160$49,427
GS-7$42,252$43,661$45,069$46,478$47,886$49,295$50,703$52,112$53,520$54,928
GS-8$46,793$48,352$49,911$51,471$53,030$54,589$56,149$57,708$59,267$60,827
GS-9$51,683$53,405$55,128$56,850$58,572$60,294$62,017$63,739$65,461$67,183
GS-10$56,915$58,812$60,709$62,607$64,504$66,401$68,298$70,196$72,093$73,990
GS-11$62,531$64,615$66,699$68,784$70,868$72,952$75,037$77,121$79,205$81,290
GS-12$74,950$77,448$79,946$82,445$84,943$87,441$89,939$92,438$94,936$97,434
GS-13$89,125$92,096$95,068$98,039$101,010$103,982$106,953$109,924$112,896$115,867
GS-14$105,318$108,829$112,339$115,850$119,361$122,872$126,383$129,894$133,405$136,916
GS-15$123,883$128,013$132,143$136,273$140,404$144,534$148,664$152,794$156,924$160,300*

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 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

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 $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/washington