General Schedule (GS) Payscale in Pennsylvania for 2019

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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 33.06% 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$25,345$26,194$27,038$27,875$28,718$29,211$30,044$30,885$30,918$31,704
GS-2$28,497$29,176$30,119$30,918$31,265$32,185$33,104$34,023$34,943$35,862
GS-3$31,093$32,130$33,167$34,203$35,240$36,276$37,313$38,349$39,386$40,422
GS-4$34,906$36,069$37,232$38,394$39,557$40,720$41,883$43,046$44,209$45,372
GS-5$39,053$40,354$41,656$42,957$44,258$45,560$46,861$48,162$49,464$50,765
GS-6$43,532$44,984$46,435$47,887$49,339$50,790$52,242$53,694$55,145$56,597
GS-7$48,375$49,988$51,601$53,213$54,826$56,439$58,051$59,664$61,277$62,889
GS-8$53,574$55,360$57,145$58,931$60,717$62,502$64,288$66,074$67,859$69,645
GS-9$59,173$61,145$63,117$65,089$67,061$69,033$71,005$72,977$74,949$76,921
GS-10$65,163$67,335$69,507$71,678$73,850$76,021$78,193$80,364$82,536$84,707
GS-11$71,593$73,980$76,367$78,754$81,141$83,528$85,916$88,303$90,690$93,077
GS-12$85,810$88,671$91,532$94,393$97,254$100,114$102,975$105,836$108,697$111,558
GS-13$102,040$105,441$108,842$112,243$115,644$119,045$122,446$125,847$129,248$132,649
GS-14$120,580$124,600$128,620$132,640$136,659$140,679$144,699$148,719$152,738$156,758
GS-15$141,835$146,563$151,291$156,018$160,746$165,473$166,500*$166,500*$166,500*$166,500*

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 29.32% 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$24,633$25,458$26,278$27,091$27,911$28,390$29,199$30,016$30,049$30,813
GS-2$27,696$28,356$29,273$30,049$30,386$31,280$32,174$33,067$33,961$34,854
GS-3$30,219$31,227$32,234$33,242$34,249$35,257$36,264$37,271$38,279$39,286
GS-4$33,925$35,055$36,185$37,315$38,446$39,576$40,706$41,836$42,967$44,097
GS-5$37,955$39,220$40,485$41,750$43,014$44,279$45,544$46,809$48,073$49,338
GS-6$42,308$43,719$45,130$46,541$47,952$49,363$50,774$52,184$53,595$55,006
GS-7$47,016$48,583$50,150$51,718$53,285$54,852$56,420$57,987$59,554$61,122
GS-8$52,068$53,804$55,539$57,275$59,010$60,745$62,481$64,216$65,952$67,687
GS-9$57,510$59,426$61,343$63,259$65,176$67,093$69,009$70,926$72,842$74,759
GS-10$63,332$65,442$67,553$69,663$71,774$73,884$75,995$78,105$80,216$82,326
GS-11$69,581$71,901$74,221$76,541$78,861$81,181$83,501$85,821$88,141$90,461
GS-12$83,398$86,179$88,959$91,740$94,520$97,300$100,081$102,861$105,642$108,422
GS-13$99,172$102,477$105,782$109,088$112,393$115,699$119,004$122,310$125,615$128,920
GS-14$117,191$121,098$125,005$128,911$132,818$136,725$140,632$144,538$148,445$152,352
GS-15$137,849$142,443$147,038$151,633$156,228$160,822$165,417$166,500*$166,500*$166,500*

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 25.3% 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$23,867$24,667$25,461$26,249$27,043$27,507$28,291$29,083$29,115$29,855
GS-2$26,836$27,475$28,363$29,115$29,442$30,308$31,173$32,039$32,905$33,771
GS-3$29,280$30,256$31,232$32,208$33,184$34,161$35,137$36,113$37,089$38,065
GS-4$32,870$33,965$35,060$36,155$37,250$38,346$39,441$40,536$41,631$42,726
GS-5$36,776$38,001$39,226$40,452$41,677$42,903$44,128$45,354$46,579$47,804
GS-6$40,993$42,360$43,727$45,094$46,461$47,828$49,195$50,562$51,929$53,296
GS-7$45,554$47,073$48,591$50,110$51,629$53,147$54,666$56,185$57,703$59,222
GS-8$50,450$52,131$53,813$55,494$57,176$58,857$60,539$62,220$63,902$65,583
GS-9$55,722$57,579$59,436$61,293$63,150$65,007$66,864$68,721$70,578$72,435
GS-10$61,363$63,408$65,453$67,498$69,543$71,588$73,633$75,677$77,722$79,767
GS-11$67,418$69,666$71,913$74,161$76,409$78,657$80,905$83,153$85,401$87,649
GS-12$80,806$83,500$86,194$88,888$91,582$94,276$96,970$99,664$102,358$105,052
GS-13$96,089$99,291$102,494$105,697$108,899$112,102$115,305$118,507$121,710$124,913
GS-14$113,548$117,333$121,119$124,904$128,689$132,475$136,260$140,045$143,831$147,616
GS-15$133,564$138,015$142,467$146,919$151,371$155,823$160,275$164,727$166,500*$166,500*

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 18.86% 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$22,640$23,399$24,152$24,900$25,654$26,093$26,837$27,589$27,618$28,321
GS-2$25,456$26,062$26,905$27,618$27,929$28,750$29,571$30,393$31,214$32,035
GS-3$27,775$28,701$29,627$30,553$31,479$32,405$33,331$34,257$35,183$36,108
GS-4$31,181$32,219$33,258$34,297$35,336$36,375$37,414$38,452$39,491$40,530
GS-5$34,885$36,048$37,210$38,373$39,535$40,698$41,860$43,023$44,185$45,347
GS-6$38,886$40,183$41,480$42,777$44,073$45,370$46,667$47,964$49,260$50,557
GS-7$43,213$44,653$46,094$47,534$48,975$50,416$51,856$53,297$54,737$56,178
GS-8$47,857$49,452$51,047$52,642$54,237$55,832$57,427$59,022$60,617$62,213
GS-9$52,858$54,620$56,381$58,143$59,904$61,666$63,427$65,189$66,950$68,712
GS-10$58,209$60,149$62,089$64,029$65,968$67,908$69,848$71,788$73,728$75,667
GS-11$63,953$66,085$68,217$70,350$72,482$74,614$76,747$78,879$81,011$83,144
GS-12$76,653$79,208$81,764$84,319$86,875$89,430$91,986$94,541$97,097$99,652
GS-13$91,150$94,188$97,226$100,264$103,302$106,340$109,379$112,417$115,455$118,493
GS-14$107,712$111,303$114,894$118,484$122,075$125,666$129,257$132,847$136,438$140,029
GS-15$126,699$130,922$135,145$139,368$143,591$147,814$152,037$156,260$160,484$164,707

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 16.65% 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$22,219$22,964$23,703$24,437$25,177$25,608$26,338$27,076$27,105$27,794
GS-2$24,983$25,578$26,405$27,105$27,409$28,215$29,021$29,827$30,633$31,440
GS-3$27,259$28,167$29,076$29,985$30,894$31,802$32,711$33,620$34,528$35,437
GS-4$30,601$31,620$32,640$33,659$34,679$35,698$36,718$37,737$38,757$39,776
GS-5$34,237$35,378$36,518$37,659$38,800$39,941$41,082$42,223$43,363$44,504
GS-6$38,163$39,436$40,709$41,981$43,254$44,526$45,799$47,072$48,344$49,617
GS-7$42,409$43,823$45,237$46,651$48,064$49,478$50,892$52,306$53,720$55,133
GS-8$46,967$48,532$50,098$51,663$53,229$54,794$56,359$57,925$59,490$61,056
GS-9$51,875$53,604$55,333$57,062$58,790$60,519$62,248$63,977$65,705$67,434
GS-10$57,127$59,031$60,934$62,838$64,742$66,646$68,549$70,453$72,357$74,261
GS-11$62,764$64,856$66,949$69,042$71,134$73,227$75,320$77,412$79,505$81,598
GS-12$75,228$77,736$80,244$82,752$85,259$87,767$90,275$92,783$95,291$97,799
GS-13$89,455$92,437$95,419$98,400$101,382$104,363$107,345$110,326$113,308$116,290
GS-14$105,709$109,233$112,757$116,281$119,805$123,329$126,853$130,377$133,901$137,425
GS-15$124,343$128,488$132,632$136,777$140,921$145,066$149,211$153,355$157,500$161,644

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 15.67% (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$22,033$22,771$23,504$24,232$24,965$25,393$26,117$26,848$26,877$27,561
GS-2$24,773$25,363$26,183$26,877$27,179$27,978$28,778$29,577$30,376$31,175
GS-3$27,030$27,931$28,832$29,733$30,634$31,535$32,436$33,337$34,238$35,139
GS-4$30,344$31,355$32,366$33,377$34,388$35,398$36,409$37,420$38,431$39,442
GS-5$33,949$35,080$36,212$37,343$38,474$39,605$40,737$41,868$42,999$44,130
GS-6$37,843$39,105$40,367$41,628$42,890$44,152$45,414$46,676$47,938$49,200
GS-7$42,053$43,455$44,857$46,259$47,661$49,063$50,465$51,866$53,268$54,670
GS-8$46,572$48,125$49,677$51,229$52,781$54,334$55,886$57,438$58,991$60,543
GS-9$51,440$53,154$54,868$56,582$58,297$60,011$61,725$63,439$65,153$66,868
GS-10$56,647$58,535$60,423$62,310$64,198$66,086$67,973$69,861$71,749$73,637
GS-11$62,236$64,311$66,386$68,462$70,537$72,612$74,687$76,762$78,837$80,912
GS-12$74,596$77,082$79,569$82,056$84,543$87,030$89,517$92,004$94,491$96,978
GS-13$88,704$91,660$94,617$97,573$100,530$103,486$106,443$109,400$112,356$115,313
GS-14$104,821$108,316$111,810$115,304$118,799$122,293$125,788$129,282$132,776$136,271
GS-15$123,298$127,408$131,518$135,628$139,737$143,847$147,957$152,067$156,176$160,286
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* For some high-paygrade workers pay under the GS scale may be capped at $166,500, 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/2019/pennsylvania