The General Schedule (GS) payscale is the federal government payscale used to determine the salaries of over 70% of federal civilian employees. 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).
The 2020 GS base pay table is displayed below. To determine actual pay, base pay is modified by a "Locality Pay Adjustment" percentage, which is specified by whichever of the 34 General Schedule pay localities in which the employee is located.
Use the map or drop-down below to view Locality-adjusted GS pay tables, or use our GS Pay Calculator to calculate your pay.
This is the current-year General Schedule (GS) Pay Scale, effective for 2020
This table shows the base pay amounts for all General Schedule employees based on the 2020 GS Pay Scale, as published by the Office of Personnel Management.
General Schedule base pay tables are revised yearly, effective each January, to reflect inflation and increasing costs of living. To view the GS Pay Scale table for past years, use the year list above the map at the top of this page.
While official pay tables for the upcoming year (2021) are published by the OPM in December, FederalPay will publish estimated pay tables as soon as the federal pay raise percentages for the upcoming year are approved by Congress each fall.