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General Schedule (GS) Payscale in Washington 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.

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 25.11% 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$23,502$24,289$25,071$25,848$26,630$27,086$27,858$28,639$28,669$29,403
GS-2$26,424$27,054$27,928$28,669$28,994$29,847$30,701$31,554$32,407$33,260
GS-3$28,832$29,792$30,753$31,714$32,675$33,636$34,597$35,558$36,518$37,479
GS-4$32,367$33,446$34,524$35,603$36,681$37,759$38,838$39,916$40,995$42,073
GS-5$36,213$37,420$38,628$39,835$41,042$42,250$43,457$44,664$45,872$47,079
GS-6$40,365$41,710$43,055$44,400$45,745$47,090$48,435$49,780$51,125$52,470
GS-7$44,857$46,352$47,847$49,342$50,837$52,332$53,827$55,322$56,817$58,313
GS-8$49,677$51,334$52,990$54,647$56,303$57,960$59,616$61,273$62,929$64,586
GS-9$54,869$56,699$58,528$60,357$62,186$64,015$65,844$67,673$69,502$71,331
GS-10$60,424$62,439$64,453$66,467$68,481$70,496$72,510$74,524$76,539$78,553
GS-11$66,386$68,599$70,812$73,025$75,239$77,452$79,665$81,878$84,091$86,305
GS-12$79,570$82,222$84,875$87,527$90,179$92,832$95,484$98,136$100,789$103,441
GS-13$94,618$97,772$100,926$104,080$107,234$110,388$113,542$116,696$119,850$123,004
GS-14$111,811$115,538$119,265$122,992$126,719$130,446$134,173$137,900$141,627$145,354
GS-15$131,519$135,903$140,287$144,671$149,055$153,439$157,823$162,206$164,200*$164,200*

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 22.53% 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$23,017$23,788$24,554$25,315$26,081$26,528$27,284$28,048$28,078$28,797
GS-2$25,880$26,496$27,352$28,078$28,396$29,232$30,068$30,903$31,739$32,575
GS-3$28,237$29,178$30,119$31,060$32,001$32,942$33,883$34,824$35,765$36,706
GS-4$31,700$32,756$33,812$34,868$35,925$36,981$38,037$39,093$40,149$41,206
GS-5$35,466$36,649$37,831$39,014$40,196$41,378$42,561$43,743$44,926$46,108
GS-6$39,533$40,850$42,167$43,485$44,802$46,119$47,436$48,753$50,071$51,388
GS-7$43,932$45,396$46,860$48,325$49,789$51,253$52,717$54,182$55,646$57,110
GS-8$48,653$50,275$51,898$53,520$55,142$56,764$58,387$60,009$61,631$63,254
GS-9$53,738$55,529$57,321$59,112$60,904$62,695$64,486$66,278$68,069$69,860
GS-10$59,178$61,151$63,124$65,097$67,069$69,042$71,015$72,987$74,960$76,933
GS-11$65,017$67,184$69,352$71,520$73,687$75,855$78,022$80,190$82,357$84,525
GS-12$77,929$80,527$83,124$85,722$88,320$90,917$93,515$96,113$98,710$101,308
GS-13$92,667$95,756$98,845$101,934$105,023$108,112$111,201$114,290$117,379$120,468
GS-14$109,505$113,155$116,805$120,456$124,106$127,756$131,406$135,056$138,706$142,357
GS-15$128,807$133,101$137,394$141,688$145,981$150,274$154,568$158,861$163,155$164,200*

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 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

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 $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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