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General Schedule (GS) Payscale in Massachusetts 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.

Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts, see our General Schedule Pay Calculator.

HARTFORD-WEST HARTFORD, CT-MA

The HARTFORD-WEST HARTFORD, CT-MA General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Hartford and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 29.49% 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$25,306$26,154$26,996$27,833$28,674$29,166$29,998$30,837$30,870$31,658
GS-2$28,454$29,131$30,074$30,870$31,217$32,136$33,054$33,972$34,890$35,808
GS-3$31,047$32,081$33,116$34,150$35,185$36,220$37,254$38,289$39,324$40,358
GS-4$34,852$36,014$37,175$38,337$39,498$40,660$41,821$42,983$44,144$45,306
GS-5$38,993$40,293$41,593$42,894$44,194$45,494$46,794$48,094$49,394$50,694
GS-6$43,466$44,915$46,364$47,813$49,262$50,711$52,160$53,609$55,058$56,507
GS-7$48,301$49,911$51,520$53,130$54,739$56,349$57,958$59,568$61,178$62,787
GS-8$53,492$55,275$57,058$58,842$60,625$62,408$64,191$65,974$67,757$69,540
GS-9$59,082$61,052$63,021$64,991$66,961$68,930$70,900$72,869$74,839$76,808
GS-10$65,064$67,233$69,401$71,570$73,739$75,908$78,077$80,246$82,415$84,584
GS-11$71,484$73,866$76,249$78,632$81,014$83,397$85,779$88,162$90,545$92,927
GS-12$85,680$88,536$91,393$94,249$97,106$99,962$102,819$105,675$108,532$111,389
GS-13$101,884$105,281$108,677$112,074$115,470$118,867$122,263$125,660$129,056$132,453
GS-14$120,396$124,409$128,422$132,435$136,447$140,460$144,473$148,486$152,499$156,512
GS-15$141,618$146,339$151,060$155,782$160,503$165,224$169,945$170,800*$170,800*$170,800*

The Hartford locality pay rate also applies to Chicopee, Springfield, and other cities within the region.

Government installations that use the Hartford GS locality include Westover Air Force Base, and other facilities within the region.

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BOSTON-WORCESTER-PROVIDENCE, MA-RI-NH-ME

The BOSTON-WORCESTER-PROVIDENCE, MA-RI-NH-ME General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Boston and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 29.11% 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$25,232$26,078$26,917$27,751$28,590$29,081$29,910$30,746$30,780$31,565
GS-2$28,371$29,046$29,986$30,780$31,126$32,041$32,957$33,872$34,787$35,703
GS-3$30,955$31,987$33,019$34,050$35,082$36,113$37,145$38,177$39,208$40,240
GS-4$34,750$35,908$37,066$38,224$39,382$40,541$41,699$42,857$44,015$45,173
GS-5$38,879$40,175$41,471$42,768$44,064$45,360$46,656$47,953$49,249$50,545
GS-6$43,338$44,783$46,228$47,673$49,117$50,562$52,007$53,452$54,896$56,341
GS-7$48,159$49,764$51,369$52,974$54,579$56,184$57,788$59,393$60,998$62,603
GS-8$53,335$55,113$56,891$58,669$60,447$62,225$64,002$65,780$67,558$69,336
GS-9$58,909$60,873$62,837$64,800$66,764$68,728$70,692$72,655$74,619$76,583
GS-10$64,873$67,035$69,198$71,360$73,523$75,686$77,848$80,011$82,173$84,336
GS-11$71,274$73,650$76,025$78,401$80,776$83,152$85,528$87,903$90,279$92,655
GS-12$85,428$88,276$91,125$93,973$96,821$99,669$102,517$105,365$108,214$111,062
GS-13$101,585$104,972$108,358$111,745$115,131$118,518$121,904$125,291$128,677$132,064
GS-14$120,043$124,044$128,045$132,046$136,047$140,048$144,049$148,050$152,052$156,053
GS-15$141,202$145,910$150,617$155,324$160,032$164,739$169,447$170,800*$170,800*$170,800*

The Boston locality pay rate also applies to Boston, Cambridge, Lowell, Worcester, Bedford, Devens, Natick, Sandwich, Woods Hole, and other cities within the region.

Government installations that use the Boston GS locality include Hanscom Air Force Base, and other facilities within the region.

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ALBANY-SCHENECTADY, NY-MA

The ALBANY-SCHENECTADY, NY-MA General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Albany and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 17.88% 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$23,037$23,809$24,576$25,337$26,103$26,551$27,308$28,072$28,103$28,819
GS-2$25,903$26,519$27,378$28,103$28,419$29,254$30,090$30,926$31,762$32,597
GS-3$28,263$29,205$30,147$31,088$32,030$32,972$33,914$34,856$35,798$36,740
GS-4$31,727$32,785$33,842$34,900$35,957$37,014$38,072$39,129$40,186$41,244
GS-5$35,497$36,681$37,864$39,048$40,231$41,415$42,598$43,782$44,965$46,149
GS-6$39,569$40,888$42,207$43,526$44,845$46,164$47,483$48,802$50,121$51,440
GS-7$43,970$45,436$46,901$48,366$49,831$51,297$52,762$54,227$55,692$57,158
GS-8$48,696$50,319$51,943$53,566$55,189$56,812$58,435$60,059$61,682$63,305
GS-9$53,785$55,578$57,371$59,164$60,957$62,750$64,543$66,336$68,129$69,922
GS-10$59,230$61,204$63,179$65,153$67,128$69,102$71,077$73,051$75,026$77,000
GS-11$65,074$67,243$69,412$71,581$73,750$75,919$78,088$80,257$82,426$84,595
GS-12$77,998$80,598$83,199$85,799$88,399$91,000$93,600$96,201$98,801$101,402
GS-13$92,749$95,841$98,933$102,025$105,117$108,209$111,301$114,393$117,485$120,577
GS-14$109,601$113,254$116,907$120,561$124,214$127,867$131,520$135,173$138,826$142,479
GS-15$128,921$133,219$137,516$141,814$146,112$150,410$154,708$159,006$163,304$167,602
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Rest of Massachusetts

Any federal employees in Massachusetts 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 15.95% (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$22,660$23,420$24,173$24,922$25,676$26,117$26,861$27,612$27,642$28,347
GS-2$25,479$26,085$26,929$27,642$27,953$28,775$29,597$30,419$31,242$32,064
GS-3$27,800$28,727$29,653$30,579$31,506$32,432$33,359$34,285$35,212$36,138
GS-4$31,208$32,248$33,288$34,328$35,368$36,408$37,448$38,488$39,529$40,569
GS-5$34,916$36,080$37,244$38,408$39,573$40,737$41,901$43,065$44,229$45,393
GS-6$38,921$40,218$41,516$42,813$44,111$45,408$46,706$48,003$49,301$50,598
GS-7$43,251$44,692$46,133$47,574$49,016$50,457$51,898$53,339$54,781$56,222
GS-8$47,899$49,496$51,092$52,689$54,285$55,882$57,479$59,075$60,672$62,269
GS-9$52,905$54,668$56,432$58,195$59,959$61,723$63,486$65,250$67,013$68,777
GS-10$58,260$60,202$62,145$64,087$66,029$67,971$69,913$71,855$73,798$75,740
GS-11$64,009$66,143$68,276$70,409$72,543$74,676$76,810$78,943$81,077$83,210
GS-12$76,721$79,278$81,836$84,394$86,952$89,510$92,068$94,626$97,183$99,741
GS-13$91,231$94,272$97,313$100,355$103,396$106,437$109,479$112,520$115,562$118,603
GS-14$107,807$111,400$114,993$118,587$122,180$125,773$129,367$132,960$136,553$140,146
GS-15$126,810$131,037$135,265$139,492$143,720$147,948$152,175$156,403$160,630$164,858
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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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