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 Massachusetts for 2017

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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 27.57% 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$23,634$24,425$25,210$25,992$26,778$27,237$28,014$28,799$28,830$29,559
GS-2$26,572$27,204$28,085$28,830$29,154$30,011$30,868$31,725$32,583$33,440
GS-3$28,993$29,960$30,927$31,894$32,861$33,828$34,795$35,762$36,729$37,693
GS-4$32,548$33,633$34,717$35,801$36,886$37,970$39,054$40,139$41,223$42,307
GS-5$36,415$37,629$38,844$40,058$41,273$42,487$43,702$44,916$46,131$47,345
GS-6$40,591$41,945$43,299$44,652$46,006$47,359$48,713$50,066$51,420$52,773
GS-7$45,107$46,612$48,116$49,620$51,124$52,628$54,132$55,636$57,140$58,644
GS-8$49,955$51,620$53,285$54,950$56,614$58,279$59,944$61,609$63,273$64,938
GS-9$55,175$57,015$58,854$60,694$62,534$64,373$66,213$68,052$69,892$71,731
GS-10$60,762$62,787$64,813$66,839$68,865$70,891$72,916$74,942$76,968$78,994
GS-11$66,756$68,981$71,206$73,431$75,655$77,880$80,105$82,330$84,555$86,779
GS-12$80,014$82,682$85,349$88,017$90,684$93,352$96,019$98,687$101,354$104,022
GS-13$95,147$98,318$101,490$104,661$107,832$111,004$114,175$117,347$120,518$123,689
GS-14$112,435$116,183$119,931$123,679$127,427$131,175$134,923$138,671$142,419$146,167
GS-15$132,254$136,663$141,072$145,481$149,890$154,298$158,707$161,900*$161,900*$161,900*

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 26.73% 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$23,478$24,264$25,044$25,821$26,602$27,058$27,830$28,609$28,640$29,365
GS-2$26,397$27,025$27,900$28,640$28,962$29,813$30,665$31,516$32,368$33,220
GS-3$28,802$29,763$30,723$31,684$32,644$33,605$34,566$35,526$36,487$37,445
GS-4$32,334$33,411$34,488$35,566$36,643$37,720$38,797$39,874$40,952$42,029
GS-5$36,175$37,382$38,588$39,794$41,001$42,207$43,414$44,620$45,827$47,033
GS-6$40,324$41,669$43,013$44,358$45,703$47,047$48,392$49,736$51,081$52,426
GS-7$44,810$46,305$47,799$49,293$50,787$52,281$53,775$55,269$56,764$58,258
GS-8$49,626$51,280$52,934$54,588$56,242$57,895$59,549$61,203$62,857$64,511
GS-9$54,812$56,639$58,467$60,294$62,122$63,949$65,777$67,604$69,432$71,259
GS-10$60,361$62,374$64,386$66,399$68,411$70,424$72,436$74,449$76,461$78,474
GS-11$66,317$68,527$70,737$72,947$75,157$77,367$79,578$81,788$83,998$86,208
GS-12$79,488$82,138$84,787$87,437$90,087$92,737$95,387$98,037$100,687$103,337
GS-13$94,520$97,671$100,821$103,972$107,122$110,273$113,423$116,574$119,724$122,875
GS-14$111,695$115,418$119,141$122,865$126,588$130,311$134,035$137,758$141,481$145,205
GS-15$131,384$135,763$140,143$144,523$148,903$153,282$157,662$161,900*$161,900*$161,900*

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 15.85% 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$21,462$22,181$22,894$23,604$24,318$24,735$25,441$26,153$26,181$26,844
GS-2$24,130$24,705$25,504$26,181$26,475$27,254$28,032$28,811$29,589$30,368
GS-3$26,329$27,207$28,086$28,964$29,842$30,720$31,598$32,476$33,354$34,230
GS-4$29,558$30,543$31,527$32,512$33,497$34,482$35,466$36,451$37,436$38,420
GS-5$33,069$34,172$35,275$36,378$37,481$38,584$39,687$40,790$41,893$42,995
GS-6$36,862$38,091$39,321$40,550$41,779$43,008$44,237$45,466$46,696$47,925
GS-7$40,963$42,329$43,695$45,061$46,427$47,793$49,159$50,525$51,890$53,256
GS-8$45,366$46,878$48,389$49,901$51,413$52,925$54,437$55,949$57,460$58,972
GS-9$50,106$51,777$53,447$55,118$56,789$58,459$60,130$61,800$63,471$65,141
GS-10$55,179$57,019$58,859$60,698$62,538$64,378$66,218$68,057$69,897$71,737
GS-11$60,623$62,644$64,664$66,684$68,705$70,725$72,746$74,766$76,787$78,807
GS-12$72,663$75,086$77,508$79,931$82,353$84,776$87,198$89,620$92,043$94,465
GS-13$86,406$89,286$92,166$95,046$97,926$100,806$103,686$106,566$109,446$112,326
GS-14$102,106$105,509$108,913$112,317$115,720$119,124$122,528$125,931$129,335$132,739
GS-15$120,104$124,108$128,112$132,115$136,119$140,123$144,127$148,130$152,134$156,138
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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 15.06% (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$21,316$22,029$22,738$23,443$24,152$24,566$25,267$25,975$26,002$26,661
GS-2$23,966$24,537$25,330$26,002$26,295$27,068$27,841$28,614$29,387$30,161
GS-3$26,150$27,022$27,894$28,766$29,638$30,510$31,383$32,255$33,127$33,997
GS-4$29,356$30,334$31,312$32,290$33,268$34,246$35,224$36,202$37,180$38,158
GS-5$32,844$33,939$35,035$36,130$37,225$38,321$39,416$40,511$41,607$42,702
GS-6$36,611$37,832$39,053$40,273$41,494$42,715$43,936$45,156$46,377$47,598
GS-7$40,684$42,041$43,397$44,754$46,110$47,467$48,823$50,180$51,537$52,893
GS-8$45,056$46,558$48,059$49,561$51,062$52,564$54,066$55,567$57,069$58,570
GS-9$49,765$51,424$53,083$54,742$56,401$58,060$59,720$61,379$63,038$64,697
GS-10$54,803$56,630$58,457$60,285$62,112$63,939$65,766$67,593$69,420$71,247
GS-11$60,210$62,216$64,223$66,230$68,236$70,243$72,250$74,256$76,263$78,270
GS-12$72,168$74,574$76,980$79,386$81,792$84,197$86,603$89,009$91,415$93,821
GS-13$85,816$88,677$91,537$94,398$97,258$100,118$102,979$105,839$108,699$111,560
GS-14$101,409$104,790$108,170$111,551$114,931$118,312$121,692$125,073$128,453$131,833
GS-15$119,285$123,261$127,238$131,214$135,191$139,167$143,144$147,120$151,097$155,073
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* For some high-paygrade workers pay under the GS scale may be capped at $161,900, 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/2017/massachusetts