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 Pennsylvania 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.

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 31.22% 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$24,310$25,123$25,932$26,736$27,544$28,017$28,816$29,623$29,654$30,405
GS-2$27,332$27,983$28,888$29,654$29,988$30,870$31,751$32,633$33,515$34,397
GS-3$29,822$30,817$31,812$32,806$33,801$34,796$35,790$36,785$37,780$38,772
GS-4$33,479$34,595$35,710$36,826$37,941$39,056$40,172$41,287$42,402$43,518
GS-5$37,457$38,706$39,955$41,204$42,454$43,703$44,952$46,201$47,450$48,700
GS-6$41,753$43,145$44,537$45,930$47,322$48,714$50,106$51,499$52,891$54,283
GS-7$46,398$47,945$49,492$51,039$52,586$54,133$55,681$57,228$58,775$60,322
GS-8$51,384$53,097$54,809$56,522$58,234$59,947$61,659$63,371$65,084$66,796
GS-9$56,754$58,646$60,538$62,431$64,323$66,215$68,107$69,999$71,892$73,784
GS-10$62,500$64,584$66,668$68,751$70,835$72,919$75,003$77,087$79,170$81,254
GS-11$68,666$70,955$73,243$75,532$77,820$80,108$82,397$84,685$86,974$89,262
GS-12$82,304$85,048$87,791$90,535$93,279$96,023$98,767$101,510$104,254$106,998
GS-13$97,869$101,131$104,393$107,656$110,918$114,180$117,442$120,704$123,966$127,228
GS-14$115,652$119,507$123,363$127,218$131,073$134,928$138,784$142,639$146,494$150,349
GS-15$136,038$140,573$145,108$149,643$154,178$158,713$161,900*$161,900*$161,900*$161,900*

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 27.1% 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$23,547$24,335$25,118$25,897$26,680$27,137$27,911$28,693$28,723$29,450
GS-2$26,474$27,104$27,981$28,723$29,046$29,900$30,754$31,608$32,463$33,317
GS-3$28,886$29,849$30,813$31,776$32,740$33,703$34,667$35,630$36,593$37,554
GS-4$32,428$33,509$34,589$35,669$36,750$37,830$38,910$39,991$41,071$42,151
GS-5$36,281$37,491$38,701$39,911$41,121$42,331$43,541$44,751$45,961$47,171
GS-6$40,442$41,790$43,139$44,488$45,836$47,185$48,533$49,882$51,230$52,579
GS-7$44,941$46,440$47,938$49,437$50,935$52,434$53,932$55,431$56,929$58,428
GS-8$49,771$51,430$53,088$54,747$56,406$58,064$59,723$61,382$63,040$64,699
GS-9$54,972$56,805$58,638$60,470$62,303$64,136$65,969$67,801$69,634$71,467
GS-10$60,538$62,556$64,574$66,593$68,611$70,629$72,648$74,666$76,685$78,703
GS-11$66,510$68,727$70,943$73,160$75,377$77,593$79,810$82,027$84,243$86,460
GS-12$79,720$82,377$85,035$87,693$90,350$93,008$95,666$98,323$100,981$103,639
GS-13$94,796$97,956$101,116$104,275$107,435$110,595$113,755$116,914$120,074$123,234
GS-14$112,021$115,755$119,489$123,223$126,958$130,692$134,426$138,160$141,894$145,629
GS-15$131,767$136,160$140,552$144,945$149,337$153,730$158,123$161,900*$161,900*$161,900*

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 23.87% 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$22,948$23,716$24,479$25,239$26,002$26,447$27,202$27,964$27,993$28,702
GS-2$25,801$26,415$27,270$27,993$28,308$29,140$29,973$30,805$31,638$32,470
GS-3$28,152$29,091$30,030$30,969$31,908$32,847$33,786$34,724$35,663$36,600
GS-4$31,604$32,657$33,710$34,763$35,816$36,869$37,922$38,974$40,027$41,080
GS-5$35,359$36,538$37,717$38,896$40,076$41,255$42,434$43,613$44,793$45,972
GS-6$39,414$40,728$42,043$43,357$44,671$45,985$47,300$48,614$49,928$51,243
GS-7$43,799$45,260$46,720$48,180$49,641$51,101$52,562$54,022$55,483$56,943
GS-8$48,506$50,123$51,739$53,356$54,972$56,589$58,205$59,822$61,438$63,055
GS-9$53,575$55,361$57,147$58,934$60,720$62,506$64,292$66,078$67,865$69,651
GS-10$58,999$60,966$62,933$64,900$66,868$68,835$70,802$72,769$74,736$76,703
GS-11$64,820$66,980$69,141$71,301$73,461$75,621$77,782$79,942$82,102$84,263
GS-12$77,694$80,284$82,874$85,464$88,054$90,644$93,234$95,825$98,415$101,005
GS-13$92,387$95,467$98,546$101,625$104,705$107,784$110,864$113,943$117,022$120,102
GS-14$109,174$112,813$116,453$120,092$123,731$127,371$131,010$134,649$138,288$141,928
GS-15$128,419$132,699$136,980$141,261$145,542$149,823$154,104$158,385$161,900*$161,900*

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 17.86% 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$21,835$22,565$23,291$24,014$24,740$25,164$25,882$26,607$26,635$27,309
GS-2$24,549$25,134$25,947$26,635$26,935$27,727$28,519$29,311$30,103$30,895
GS-3$26,786$27,679$28,573$29,466$30,360$31,253$32,146$33,040$33,933$34,824
GS-4$30,071$31,073$32,074$33,076$34,078$35,080$36,082$37,083$38,085$39,087
GS-5$33,643$34,765$35,887$37,009$38,131$39,253$40,375$41,497$42,619$43,741
GS-6$37,502$38,752$40,003$41,253$42,504$43,754$45,005$46,255$47,506$48,756
GS-7$41,674$43,064$44,453$45,843$47,232$48,622$50,012$51,401$52,791$54,180
GS-8$46,153$47,691$49,229$50,767$52,305$53,843$55,381$56,919$58,457$59,995
GS-9$50,976$52,675$54,375$56,074$57,774$59,473$61,173$62,872$64,572$66,271
GS-10$56,137$58,008$59,880$61,752$63,623$65,495$67,366$69,238$71,110$72,981
GS-11$61,675$63,730$65,786$67,841$69,897$71,952$74,008$76,063$78,119$80,174
GS-12$73,924$76,389$78,853$81,318$83,782$86,246$88,711$91,175$93,640$96,104
GS-13$87,905$90,835$93,765$96,695$99,625$102,555$105,485$108,415$111,345$114,275
GS-14$103,877$107,340$110,803$114,265$117,728$121,191$124,653$128,116$131,579$135,042
GS-15$122,188$126,261$130,334$134,408$138,481$142,554$146,627$150,701$154,774$158,847

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 15.63% 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$21,422$22,139$22,851$23,560$24,272$24,688$25,392$26,103$26,131$26,793
GS-2$24,085$24,658$25,456$26,131$26,425$27,202$27,979$28,756$29,533$30,310
GS-3$26,279$27,156$28,032$28,909$29,785$30,662$31,538$32,415$33,291$34,165
GS-4$29,502$30,485$31,468$32,450$33,433$34,416$35,399$36,382$37,365$38,348
GS-5$33,007$34,107$35,208$36,309$37,410$38,511$39,611$40,712$41,813$42,914
GS-6$36,792$38,019$39,246$40,473$41,700$42,926$44,153$45,380$46,607$47,834
GS-7$40,886$42,249$43,612$44,975$46,339$47,702$49,065$50,429$51,792$53,155
GS-8$45,280$46,789$48,297$49,806$51,315$52,824$54,333$55,842$57,351$58,860
GS-9$50,011$51,679$53,346$55,013$56,681$58,348$60,015$61,683$63,350$65,018
GS-10$55,075$56,911$58,747$60,583$62,419$64,256$66,092$67,928$69,764$71,600
GS-11$60,508$62,525$64,541$66,558$68,574$70,591$72,608$74,624$76,641$78,657
GS-12$72,525$74,943$77,361$79,779$82,197$84,615$87,032$89,450$91,868$94,286
GS-13$86,241$89,116$91,991$94,865$97,740$100,614$103,489$106,363$109,238$112,113
GS-14$101,912$105,309$108,706$112,103$115,500$118,898$122,295$125,692$129,089$132,487
GS-15$119,876$123,872$127,868$131,864$135,861$139,857$143,853$147,849$151,845$155,841

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 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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