General Schedule (GS) Payscale in North Carolina 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.

North Carolina 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 North Carolina, see our General Schedule Pay Calculator.

RALEIGH-DURHAM-CHAPEL HILL, NC

The RALEIGH-DURHAM-CHAPEL HILL, NC General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Raleigh and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 20.49% 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$23,547$24,337$25,120$25,898$26,681$27,139$27,913$28,693$28,725$29,457
GS-2$26,476$27,107$27,984$28,725$29,048$29,902$30,756$31,611$32,465$33,319
GS-3$28,889$29,851$30,814$31,777$32,740$33,702$34,665$35,628$36,590$37,553
GS-4$32,430$33,511$34,591$35,672$36,753$37,834$38,915$39,995$41,076$42,157
GS-5$36,283$37,493$38,703$39,912$41,122$42,332$43,541$44,751$45,961$47,171
GS-6$40,445$41,793$43,141$44,490$45,838$47,186$48,535$49,883$51,231$52,579
GS-7$44,944$46,442$47,939$49,437$50,935$52,432$53,930$55,428$56,926$58,423
GS-8$49,774$51,434$53,093$54,752$56,411$58,070$59,729$61,388$63,048$64,707
GS-9$54,976$56,809$58,641$60,474$62,307$64,139$65,972$67,805$69,637$71,470
GS-10$60,541$62,560$64,578$66,596$68,614$70,632$72,651$74,669$76,687$78,705
GS-11$66,515$68,732$70,949$73,166$75,383$77,600$79,817$82,034$84,251$86,468
GS-12$79,725$82,383$85,041$87,699$90,357$93,015$95,673$98,331$100,989$103,647
GS-13$94,803$97,963$101,124$104,284$107,445$110,605$113,765$116,926$120,086$123,247
GS-14$112,028$115,762$119,496$123,230$126,964$130,698$134,432$138,166$141,900$145,634
GS-15$131,775$136,168$140,561$144,954$149,347$153,740$158,133$162,527$166,920$170,800*

The Raleigh locality pay rate also applies to Cary, Durham, Fayetteville, Goldsboro, Raleigh, and other cities within the region.

Government installations that use the Raleigh GS locality include Fort Bragg, and other facilities within the region.

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CHARLOTTE-CONCORD, NC-SC

The CHARLOTTE-CONCORD, NC-SC General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Charlotte and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 17.44% 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$22,951$23,721$24,484$25,243$26,006$26,452$27,206$27,967$27,998$28,712
GS-2$25,806$26,420$27,275$27,998$28,312$29,145$29,978$30,810$31,643$32,476
GS-3$28,157$29,096$30,034$30,972$31,911$32,849$33,787$34,726$35,664$36,603
GS-4$31,609$32,662$33,716$34,769$35,823$36,876$37,930$38,983$40,036$41,090
GS-5$35,365$36,544$37,723$38,902$40,081$41,260$42,439$43,618$44,797$45,977
GS-6$39,421$40,735$42,049$43,364$44,678$45,992$47,306$48,620$49,934$51,248
GS-7$43,806$45,266$46,726$48,186$49,645$51,105$52,565$54,025$55,485$56,944
GS-8$48,514$50,132$51,749$53,366$54,983$56,600$58,217$59,835$61,452$63,069
GS-9$53,584$55,371$57,157$58,943$60,729$62,516$64,302$66,088$67,874$69,661
GS-10$59,009$60,976$62,943$64,910$66,877$68,845$70,812$72,779$74,746$76,713
GS-11$64,832$66,992$69,153$71,314$73,475$75,636$77,797$79,958$82,119$84,280
GS-12$77,707$80,297$82,888$85,479$88,069$90,660$93,251$95,842$98,432$101,023
GS-13$92,403$95,483$98,564$101,644$104,725$107,805$110,886$113,966$117,047$120,127
GS-14$109,192$112,832$116,471$120,111$123,750$127,390$131,029$134,668$138,308$141,947
GS-15$128,439$132,721$137,003$141,285$145,567$149,849$154,131$158,412$162,694$166,976

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

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VIRGINIA BEACH-NORFOLK, VA-NC

The VIRGINIA BEACH-NORFOLK, VA-NC General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Virginia Beach and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 16.51% 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$22,770$23,533$24,290$25,043$25,800$26,243$26,991$27,746$27,776$28,484
GS-2$25,602$26,211$27,059$27,776$28,088$28,914$29,740$30,566$31,392$32,219
GS-3$27,934$28,865$29,796$30,727$31,658$32,589$33,520$34,451$35,382$36,313
GS-4$31,359$32,404$33,449$34,494$35,539$36,584$37,629$38,674$39,719$40,765
GS-5$35,085$36,254$37,424$38,594$39,764$40,933$42,103$43,273$44,443$45,612
GS-6$39,109$40,413$41,716$43,020$44,324$45,628$46,931$48,235$49,539$50,843
GS-7$43,459$44,908$46,356$47,804$49,252$50,700$52,149$53,597$55,045$56,493
GS-8$48,130$49,735$51,339$52,943$54,548$56,152$57,756$59,361$60,965$62,569
GS-9$53,160$54,932$56,704$58,476$60,248$62,021$63,793$65,565$67,337$69,109
GS-10$58,542$60,493$62,445$64,396$66,348$68,299$70,251$72,202$74,154$76,105
GS-11$64,318$66,462$68,606$70,750$72,893$75,037$77,181$79,325$81,468$83,612
GS-12$77,091$79,661$82,232$84,802$87,372$89,942$92,512$95,083$97,653$100,223
GS-13$91,671$94,727$97,783$100,839$103,895$106,952$110,008$113,064$116,120$119,176
GS-14$108,328$111,938$115,549$119,159$122,770$126,381$129,991$133,602$137,213$140,823
GS-15$127,422$131,670$135,918$140,166$144,414$148,662$152,910$157,158$161,406$165,654

The Virginia Beach locality pay rate also applies to Elizabeth City, and other cities within the region.

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Rest of North Carolina

Any federal employees in North Carolina 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

The Rest of U.S. locality pay rate also applies to Greensboro, Havelock, High Point, Hoffman, Jacksonville, Southport, Wilmington, Winston-Salem, and other cities within the region.

Government installations that use the Rest of U.S. GS locality include VA Medical Center, Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station, Camp LeJeune, and other facilities 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/northcarolina