General Schedule (GS) Payscale in Pennsylvania 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.

Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania, see our General Schedule Pay Calculator.

NEW YORK-NEWARK, NY-NJ-CT-PA

The NEW YORK-NEWARK, NY-NJ-CT-PA General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in New York City and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 33.98% 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$26,184$27,061$27,932$28,798$29,669$30,178$31,038$31,906$31,941$32,755
GS-2$29,441$30,141$31,117$31,941$32,300$33,250$34,200$35,150$36,100$37,049
GS-3$32,123$33,194$34,264$35,335$36,405$37,476$38,546$39,617$40,687$41,758
GS-4$36,061$37,263$38,464$39,666$40,868$42,070$43,272$44,473$45,675$46,877
GS-5$40,345$41,691$43,036$44,381$45,726$47,071$48,416$49,762$51,107$52,452
GS-6$44,973$46,472$47,972$49,471$50,970$52,469$53,968$55,468$56,967$58,466
GS-7$49,976$51,641$53,307$54,972$56,637$58,303$59,968$61,633$63,299$64,964
GS-8$55,347$57,192$59,037$60,882$62,727$64,572$66,417$68,261$70,106$71,951
GS-9$61,131$63,169$65,207$67,245$69,282$71,320$73,358$75,396$77,434$79,472
GS-10$67,320$69,564$71,808$74,052$76,296$78,540$80,785$83,029$85,273$87,517
GS-11$73,962$76,428$78,893$81,358$83,823$86,288$88,754$91,219$93,684$96,149
GS-12$88,651$91,606$94,562$97,517$100,473$103,429$106,384$109,340$112,295$115,251
GS-13$105,417$108,931$112,445$115,960$119,474$122,988$126,503$130,017$133,531$137,045
GS-14$124,571$128,723$132,875$137,027$141,179$145,331$149,483$153,635$157,787$161,939
GS-15$146,529$151,413$156,298$161,183$166,068$170,800*$170,800*$170,800*$170,800*$170,800*

The New York City locality pay rate also applies to Allentown, Tobyhanna, and other cities within the region.

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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 Chambersburg, Fairview, and other cities within the region.

Government installations that use the Washington DC GS locality include Defense Distribution Depot Susquehanna, and other facilities within the region.

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PHILADELPHIA-READING-CAMDEN, PA-NJ-DE-MD

The PHILADELPHIA-READING-CAMDEN, PA-NJ-DE-MD General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Philadelphia 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$24,632$25,458$26,277$27,091$27,910$28,389$29,198$30,015$30,048$30,814
GS-2$27,696$28,355$29,273$30,048$30,386$31,279$32,173$33,067$33,960$34,854
GS-3$30,219$31,226$32,233$33,241$34,248$35,255$36,262$37,269$38,276$39,283
GS-4$33,924$35,054$36,185$37,315$38,446$39,577$40,707$41,838$42,968$44,099
GS-5$37,954$39,220$40,485$41,751$43,016$44,282$45,547$46,813$48,078$49,343
GS-6$42,308$43,718$45,129$46,539$47,949$49,360$50,770$52,181$53,591$55,001
GS-7$47,014$48,581$50,148$51,714$53,281$54,848$56,414$57,981$59,548$61,114
GS-8$52,067$53,803$55,538$57,274$59,009$60,745$62,481$64,216$65,952$67,687
GS-9$57,508$59,425$61,342$63,259$65,177$67,094$69,011$70,928$72,845$74,762
GS-10$63,330$65,441$67,552$69,664$71,775$73,886$75,997$78,108$80,219$82,331
GS-11$69,579$71,898$74,217$76,537$78,856$81,175$83,494$85,813$88,132$90,451
GS-12$83,397$86,177$88,958$91,738$94,519$97,299$100,080$102,860$105,640$108,421
GS-13$99,170$102,476$105,782$109,088$112,394$115,700$119,006$122,312$125,618$128,924
GS-14$117,188$121,094$125,000$128,906$132,812$136,718$140,624$144,530$148,436$152,342
GS-15$137,845$142,440$147,036$151,631$156,227$160,822$165,417$170,013$170,800*$170,800*

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

Government installations that use the Philadelphia GS locality include Naval Facilities Engineering Command, and other facilities within the region.

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PITTSBURGH-NEW CASTLE-WEIRTON, PA-OH-WV

The PITTSBURGH-NEW CASTLE-WEIRTON, PA-OH-WV General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 19.4% 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$23,334$24,116$24,893$25,664$26,440$26,894$27,660$28,434$28,465$29,191
GS-2$26,237$26,861$27,731$28,465$28,785$29,631$30,478$31,325$32,171$33,018
GS-3$28,627$29,581$30,535$31,489$32,443$33,397$34,351$35,305$36,259$37,213
GS-4$32,137$33,208$34,279$35,350$36,421$37,492$38,563$39,634$40,705$41,776
GS-5$35,955$37,154$38,352$39,551$40,750$41,949$43,148$44,346$45,545$46,744
GS-6$40,079$41,415$42,751$44,087$45,423$46,759$48,096$49,432$50,768$52,104
GS-7$44,537$46,022$47,506$48,990$50,474$51,958$53,442$54,926$56,411$57,895
GS-8$49,324$50,968$52,612$54,257$55,901$57,545$59,189$60,833$62,477$64,121
GS-9$54,479$56,295$58,111$59,927$61,743$63,559$65,375$67,191$69,007$70,823
GS-10$59,994$61,994$63,994$65,994$67,994$69,993$71,993$73,993$75,993$77,993
GS-11$65,914$68,111$70,307$72,504$74,701$76,898$79,095$81,292$83,489$85,686
GS-12$79,003$81,637$84,271$86,905$89,539$92,173$94,807$97,441$100,075$102,709
GS-13$93,945$97,077$100,209$103,341$106,473$109,604$112,736$115,868$119,000$122,132
GS-14$111,015$114,715$118,415$122,115$125,815$129,516$133,216$136,916$140,616$144,316
GS-15$130,583$134,936$139,290$143,643$147,996$152,350$156,703$161,056$165,410$169,763

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

Government installations that use the Pittsburgh GS locality include Pittsburgh IAP Air Reserve Station, and other facilities within the region.

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HARRISBURG-LEBANON, PA

The HARRISBURG-LEBANON, PA General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Harrisburg and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 17.2% 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$22,904$23,672$24,434$25,191$25,953$26,398$27,151$27,910$27,940$28,653
GS-2$25,754$26,366$27,220$27,940$28,255$29,086$29,916$30,747$31,578$32,409
GS-3$28,100$29,036$29,973$30,909$31,846$32,782$33,718$34,655$35,591$36,528
GS-4$31,544$32,596$33,647$34,698$35,750$36,801$37,852$38,903$39,955$41,006
GS-5$35,292$36,469$37,646$38,823$39,999$41,176$42,353$43,529$44,706$45,883
GS-6$39,341$40,652$41,963$43,275$44,586$45,898$47,209$48,521$49,832$51,144
GS-7$43,717$45,174$46,630$48,087$49,544$51,001$52,458$53,914$55,371$56,828
GS-8$48,415$50,029$51,643$53,257$54,871$56,485$58,098$59,712$61,326$62,940
GS-9$53,475$55,257$57,040$58,823$60,605$62,388$64,171$65,953$67,736$69,518
GS-10$58,888$60,851$62,815$64,778$66,741$68,704$70,667$72,630$74,593$76,556
GS-11$64,699$66,856$69,012$71,169$73,325$75,481$77,638$79,794$81,951$84,107
GS-12$77,548$80,133$82,719$85,304$87,889$90,475$93,060$95,646$98,231$100,817
GS-13$92,214$95,288$98,362$101,437$104,511$107,585$110,659$113,733$116,807$119,882
GS-14$108,969$112,601$116,233$119,865$123,497$127,129$130,761$134,393$138,025$141,657
GS-15$128,177$132,450$136,723$140,996$145,269$149,543$153,816$158,089$162,362$166,635

The Harrisburg locality pay rate also applies to Carlisle, Mechanicsburg, and other cities within the region.

Government installations that use the Harrisburg GS locality include Carlisle Barracks, and other facilities within the region.

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Rest of Pennsylvania

Any federal employees in Pennsylvania 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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Source: www.federalpay.org/gs/2020/pennsylvania