General Schedule (GS) Payscale in Virginia 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.

Virginia 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 Virginia, 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 Alexandria, Quantico, Warrenton, Fort Belvoir, Arlington, Dahlgren, and other cities within the region.

Government installations that use the Washington DC GS locality include Fort Belvoir, Fort Belvoir, Quantico Marine Corps Base, and other facilities within the region.

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RICHMOND, VA

The RICHMOND, VA General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Richmond and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 19.95% 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$23,442$24,228$25,007$25,782$26,562$27,018$27,788$28,565$28,596$29,325
GS-2$26,358$26,985$27,858$28,596$28,918$29,768$30,618$31,469$32,319$33,170
GS-3$28,759$29,718$30,676$31,634$32,593$33,551$34,510$35,468$36,426$37,385
GS-4$32,285$33,360$34,436$35,512$36,588$37,664$38,740$39,816$40,892$41,968
GS-5$36,121$37,325$38,529$39,733$40,938$42,142$43,346$44,551$45,755$46,959
GS-6$40,264$41,606$42,948$44,290$45,633$46,975$48,317$49,659$51,002$52,344
GS-7$44,743$46,234$47,725$49,215$50,706$52,197$53,688$55,179$56,670$58,161
GS-8$49,551$51,203$52,855$54,506$56,158$57,810$59,462$61,113$62,765$64,417
GS-9$54,730$56,554$58,378$60,203$62,027$63,852$65,676$67,501$69,325$71,150
GS-10$60,270$62,279$64,288$66,298$68,307$70,316$72,325$74,334$76,343$78,353
GS-11$66,217$68,424$70,631$72,838$75,046$77,253$79,460$81,667$83,874$86,081
GS-12$79,367$82,013$84,660$87,306$89,952$92,598$95,244$97,890$100,536$103,182
GS-13$94,378$97,524$100,670$103,817$106,963$110,109$113,256$116,402$119,548$122,694
GS-14$111,526$115,243$118,960$122,678$126,395$130,112$133,829$137,547$141,264$144,981
GS-15$131,185$135,558$139,931$144,305$148,678$153,051$157,425$161,798$166,172$170,545

The Richmond locality pay rate also applies to Bowling Green, Richmond, Fort Lee, and other cities within the region.

Government installations that use the Richmond GS locality include Fort Lee, and other facilities 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 Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Yorktown, and other cities within the region.

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Rest of Virginia

Any federal employees in Virginia 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 Blackstone, Radford, Wallops Island, and other cities within the region.

Government installations that use the Rest of U.S. GS locality include Fort Pickett, VA Medical Center, Fort Lee, 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/virginia