General Schedule (GS) Payscale in District of Columbia for 2020

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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.

District of Columbia 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 District of Columbia, see our General Schedule Pay Calculator.

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 30.48% 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$25,500$26,354$27,202$28,045$28,893$29,389$30,227$31,073$31,106$31,900
GS-2$28,672$29,354$30,304$31,106$31,456$32,381$33,306$34,231$35,157$36,082
GS-3$31,284$32,326$33,369$34,411$35,454$36,497$37,539$38,582$39,624$40,667
GS-4$35,119$36,289$37,460$38,630$39,800$40,971$42,141$43,312$44,482$45,652
GS-5$39,291$40,601$41,911$43,222$44,532$45,842$47,152$48,462$49,772$51,082
GS-6$43,798$45,258$46,718$48,178$49,639$51,099$52,559$54,019$55,479$56,939
GS-7$48,670$50,292$51,914$53,536$55,158$56,780$58,402$60,023$61,645$63,267
GS-8$53,901$55,698$57,495$59,291$61,088$62,885$64,682$66,478$68,275$70,072
GS-9$59,534$61,519$63,503$65,488$67,473$69,457$71,442$73,426$75,411$77,396
GS-10$65,561$67,747$69,932$72,118$74,303$76,489$78,674$80,860$83,045$85,231
GS-11$72,030$74,431$76,832$79,233$81,634$84,034$86,435$88,836$91,237$93,638
GS-12$86,335$89,213$92,091$94,970$97,848$100,727$103,605$106,483$109,362$112,240
GS-13$102,663$106,085$109,508$112,930$116,353$119,775$123,198$126,620$130,043$133,465
GS-14$121,316$125,360$129,404$133,447$137,491$141,534$145,578$149,621$153,665$157,709
GS-15$142,701$147,458$152,215$156,973$161,730$166,487$170,800*$170,800*$170,800*$170,800*

The Washington DC locality pay rate also applies to Washington, and other cities within the region.

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* For some high-paygrade workers pay under the GS scale may be capped at $170,800, 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/2020/districtofcolumbia