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General Schedule (GS) Payscale in Washington 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.

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 26.04% 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$24,008$24,812$25,611$26,404$27,203$27,670$28,459$29,255$29,287$30,032
GS-2$26,994$27,637$28,530$29,287$29,616$30,487$31,357$32,228$33,099$33,970
GS-3$29,453$30,435$31,417$32,399$33,380$34,362$35,344$36,326$37,308$38,290
GS-4$33,064$34,166$35,267$36,369$37,470$38,572$39,674$40,775$41,877$42,978
GS-5$36,993$38,225$39,458$40,691$41,923$43,156$44,389$45,621$46,854$48,087
GS-6$41,235$42,610$43,985$45,361$46,736$48,111$49,486$50,861$52,236$53,611
GS-7$45,823$47,351$48,878$50,406$51,934$53,461$54,989$56,516$58,044$59,572
GS-8$50,747$52,439$54,130$55,822$57,513$59,205$60,896$62,588$64,279$65,971
GS-9$56,051$57,919$59,787$61,655$63,523$65,391$67,259$69,127$70,995$72,862
GS-10$61,726$63,783$65,840$67,896$69,953$72,010$74,067$76,124$78,181$80,238
GS-11$67,816$70,077$72,338$74,599$76,860$79,122$81,383$83,644$85,905$88,166
GS-12$81,283$83,993$86,703$89,413$92,123$94,832$97,542$100,252$102,962$105,672
GS-13$96,656$99,878$103,099$106,321$109,543$112,764$115,986$119,207$122,429$125,651
GS-14$114,219$118,026$121,834$125,642$129,449$133,257$137,065$140,872$144,680$148,488
GS-15$134,352$138,831$143,309$147,787$152,265$156,743$161,222$165,700$166,500*$166,500*

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 23.13% 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$23,454$24,239$25,020$25,795$26,575$27,031$27,802$28,580$28,610$29,338
GS-2$26,371$26,999$27,872$28,610$28,932$29,783$30,634$31,484$32,335$33,186
GS-3$28,773$29,732$30,691$31,651$32,610$33,569$34,528$35,487$36,446$37,406
GS-4$32,301$33,377$34,453$35,529$36,605$37,681$38,758$39,834$40,910$41,986
GS-5$36,139$37,343$38,547$39,751$40,956$42,160$43,364$44,568$45,772$46,977
GS-6$40,283$41,627$42,970$44,313$45,657$47,000$48,343$49,687$51,030$52,373
GS-7$44,765$46,257$47,750$49,242$50,734$52,227$53,719$55,211$56,704$58,196
GS-8$49,576$51,228$52,881$54,533$56,185$57,838$59,490$61,143$62,795$64,447
GS-9$54,757$56,582$58,407$60,232$62,056$63,881$65,706$67,531$69,355$71,180
GS-10$60,300$62,310$64,319$66,329$68,338$70,348$72,357$74,367$76,376$78,386
GS-11$66,250$68,459$70,668$72,877$75,086$77,295$79,504$81,713$83,922$86,131
GS-12$79,407$82,054$84,701$87,348$89,996$92,643$95,290$97,938$100,585$103,232
GS-13$94,425$97,572$100,719$103,866$107,014$110,161$113,308$116,455$119,602$122,750
GS-14$111,582$115,301$119,021$122,741$126,461$130,180$133,900$137,620$141,340$145,059
GS-15$131,250$135,625$140,000$144,375$148,750$153,124$157,499$161,874$166,249$166,500*

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 15.67% (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

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 $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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