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General Schedule (GS) Payscale in Pennsylvania for 2018

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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 32.13% 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$24,821$25,652$26,478$27,298$28,124$28,606$29,421$30,246$30,278$31,053
GS-2$27,907$28,572$29,495$30,278$30,621$31,522$32,423$33,325$34,226$35,127
GS-3$30,449$31,464$32,479$33,494$34,508$35,523$36,538$37,553$38,567$39,582
GS-4$34,183$35,322$36,461$37,600$38,739$39,878$41,017$42,156$43,295$44,434
GS-5$38,245$39,520$40,795$42,070$43,345$44,620$45,895$47,170$48,445$49,721
GS-6$42,630$44,051$45,471$46,892$48,312$49,732$51,153$52,573$53,994$55,414
GS-7$47,374$48,953$50,532$52,111$53,690$55,269$56,848$58,427$60,006$61,584
GS-8$52,465$54,214$55,964$57,713$59,462$61,212$62,961$64,711$66,460$68,209
GS-9$57,948$59,880$61,812$63,743$65,675$67,607$69,539$71,470$73,402$75,334
GS-10$63,815$65,942$68,069$70,197$72,324$74,451$76,579$78,706$80,833$82,960
GS-11$70,111$72,448$74,786$77,123$79,460$81,798$84,135$86,472$88,810$91,147
GS-12$84,035$86,836$89,637$92,438$95,239$98,040$100,842$103,643$106,444$109,245
GS-13$99,927$103,258$106,589$109,920$113,251$116,582$119,913$123,244$126,575$129,906
GS-14$118,085$122,021$125,957$129,893$133,829$137,765$141,701$145,638$149,574$153,510
GS-15$138,899$143,529$148,159$152,789$157,418$162,048$164,200*$164,200*$164,200*$164,200*

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 28.22% 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$24,086$24,893$25,694$26,490$27,292$27,760$28,551$29,351$29,382$30,134
GS-2$27,081$27,726$28,623$29,382$29,715$30,589$31,464$32,338$33,213$34,087
GS-3$29,548$30,533$31,518$32,502$33,487$34,472$35,457$36,441$37,426$38,411
GS-4$33,172$34,277$35,382$36,488$37,593$38,698$39,803$40,909$42,014$43,119
GS-5$37,113$38,351$39,588$40,825$42,063$43,300$44,537$45,775$47,012$48,249
GS-6$41,369$42,747$44,126$45,504$46,882$48,261$49,639$51,017$52,396$53,774
GS-7$45,972$47,504$49,036$50,569$52,101$53,633$55,165$56,698$58,230$59,762
GS-8$50,912$52,610$54,308$56,005$57,703$59,400$61,098$62,796$64,493$66,191
GS-9$56,233$58,108$59,983$61,857$63,732$65,606$67,481$69,355$71,230$73,105
GS-10$61,926$63,991$66,055$68,119$70,184$72,248$74,312$76,377$78,441$80,505
GS-11$68,036$70,304$72,573$74,841$77,109$79,377$81,645$83,914$86,182$88,450
GS-12$81,548$84,266$86,984$89,703$92,421$95,139$97,858$100,576$103,294$106,012
GS-13$96,970$100,203$103,435$106,668$109,900$113,132$116,365$119,597$122,830$126,062
GS-14$114,590$118,410$122,230$126,049$129,869$133,689$137,508$141,328$145,148$148,967
GS-15$134,789$139,282$143,774$148,267$152,760$157,253$161,746$164,200*$164,200*$164,200*

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 24.59% 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$23,404$24,188$24,967$25,740$26,519$26,974$27,742$28,520$28,550$29,281
GS-2$26,315$26,941$27,812$28,550$28,874$29,723$30,573$31,423$32,273$33,122
GS-3$28,712$29,669$30,625$31,582$32,539$33,496$34,453$35,410$36,367$37,323
GS-4$32,233$33,307$34,381$35,455$36,529$37,603$38,676$39,750$40,824$41,898
GS-5$36,063$37,265$38,467$39,669$40,872$42,074$43,276$44,479$45,681$46,883
GS-6$40,198$41,537$42,876$44,216$45,555$46,894$48,234$49,573$50,912$52,252
GS-7$44,670$46,159$47,648$49,137$50,626$52,115$53,604$55,092$56,581$58,070
GS-8$49,471$51,121$52,770$54,420$56,069$57,719$59,368$61,018$62,668$64,317
GS-9$54,641$56,463$58,284$60,106$61,927$63,749$65,570$67,392$69,213$71,035
GS-10$60,173$62,179$64,185$66,191$68,197$70,203$72,209$74,215$76,220$78,226
GS-11$66,110$68,314$70,518$72,722$74,926$77,130$79,334$81,538$83,742$85,946
GS-12$79,239$81,881$84,522$87,163$89,804$92,446$95,087$97,728$100,370$103,011
GS-13$94,225$97,366$100,507$103,648$106,789$109,929$113,070$116,211$119,352$122,493
GS-14$111,346$115,058$118,769$122,481$126,192$129,904$133,615$137,327$141,038$144,750
GS-15$130,973$135,338$139,704$144,070$148,435$152,801$157,167$161,532$164,200*$164,200*

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 18.35% 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$22,232$22,976$23,716$24,451$25,191$25,623$26,353$27,091$27,120$27,815
GS-2$24,997$25,592$26,419$27,120$27,428$28,235$29,042$29,849$30,656$31,463
GS-3$27,274$28,183$29,092$30,001$30,909$31,818$32,727$33,636$34,545$35,454
GS-4$30,618$31,639$32,659$33,679$34,699$35,719$36,739$37,760$38,780$39,800
GS-5$34,256$35,398$36,541$37,683$38,825$39,967$41,109$42,251$43,393$44,535
GS-6$38,184$39,457$40,729$42,001$43,273$44,546$45,818$47,090$48,363$49,635
GS-7$42,433$43,847$45,262$46,676$48,090$49,505$50,919$52,333$53,747$55,162
GS-8$46,993$48,560$50,127$51,694$53,261$54,828$56,395$57,962$59,529$61,096
GS-9$51,905$53,635$55,365$57,096$58,826$60,556$62,286$64,017$65,747$67,477
GS-10$57,159$59,065$60,970$62,876$64,781$66,687$68,592$70,498$72,403$74,308
GS-11$62,799$64,892$66,986$69,080$71,173$73,267$75,361$77,454$79,548$81,641
GS-12$75,271$77,780$80,289$82,798$85,307$87,816$90,325$92,834$95,343$97,852
GS-13$89,506$92,489$95,473$98,457$101,440$104,424$107,407$110,391$113,375$116,358
GS-14$105,769$109,295$112,821$116,346$119,872$123,398$126,923$130,449$133,975$137,500
GS-15$124,413$128,560$132,707$136,854$141,001$145,148$149,295$153,442$157,589$161,736

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 16.15% 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$21,819$22,549$23,275$23,997$24,723$25,146$25,863$26,588$26,616$27,298
GS-2$24,532$25,116$25,928$26,616$26,918$27,710$28,502$29,294$30,086$30,878
GS-3$26,767$27,659$28,551$29,443$30,335$31,227$32,119$33,011$33,903$34,795
GS-4$30,049$31,050$32,052$33,053$34,054$35,055$36,056$37,058$38,059$39,060
GS-5$33,620$34,740$35,861$36,982$38,103$39,224$40,345$41,466$42,586$43,707
GS-6$37,475$38,723$39,972$41,220$42,469$43,718$44,966$46,215$47,464$48,712
GS-7$41,644$43,032$44,420$45,808$47,196$48,584$49,972$51,360$52,748$54,136
GS-8$46,120$47,658$49,195$50,733$52,271$53,809$55,347$56,884$58,422$59,960
GS-9$50,940$52,638$54,336$56,034$57,732$59,430$61,129$62,827$64,525$66,223
GS-10$56,097$57,967$59,837$61,707$63,577$65,447$67,317$69,187$71,057$72,927
GS-11$61,632$63,686$65,741$67,796$69,850$71,905$73,960$76,014$78,069$80,124
GS-12$73,871$76,334$78,796$81,259$83,721$86,183$88,646$91,108$93,570$96,033
GS-13$87,842$90,770$93,698$96,626$99,554$102,483$105,411$108,339$111,267$114,195
GS-14$103,803$107,263$110,723$114,184$117,644$121,104$124,564$128,024$131,484$134,944
GS-15$122,100$126,170$130,240$134,310$138,380$142,450$146,520$150,590$154,660$158,729

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 15.37% (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$21,672$22,398$23,119$23,835$24,557$24,978$25,689$26,409$26,437$27,114
GS-2$24,367$24,948$25,754$26,437$26,737$27,524$28,311$29,097$29,884$30,671
GS-3$26,587$27,473$28,359$29,245$30,131$31,017$31,903$32,789$33,675$34,561
GS-4$29,847$30,842$31,836$32,831$33,825$34,820$35,814$36,809$37,803$38,798
GS-5$33,394$34,507$35,620$36,734$37,847$38,960$40,074$41,187$42,300$43,414
GS-6$37,223$38,463$39,703$40,944$42,184$43,424$44,664$45,905$47,145$48,385
GS-7$41,365$42,743$44,122$45,501$46,879$48,258$49,637$51,015$52,394$53,773
GS-8$45,810$47,337$48,865$50,392$51,920$53,447$54,975$56,502$58,030$59,557
GS-9$50,598$52,285$53,971$55,658$57,345$59,031$60,718$62,405$64,091$65,778
GS-10$55,720$57,578$59,435$61,293$63,150$65,008$66,865$68,722$70,580$72,437
GS-11$61,218$63,259$65,299$67,340$69,381$71,422$73,463$75,504$77,545$79,586
GS-12$73,375$75,821$78,267$80,713$83,159$85,605$88,050$90,496$92,942$95,388
GS-13$87,252$90,161$93,069$95,977$98,886$101,794$104,703$107,611$110,520$113,428
GS-14$103,106$106,543$109,980$113,417$116,854$120,291$123,727$127,164$130,601$134,038
GS-15$121,280$125,323$129,366$133,408$137,451$141,493$145,536$149,578$153,621$157,663
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* For some high-paygrade workers pay under the GS scale may be capped at $164,200, 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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