General Schedule (GS) Payscale in Washington 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.

Washington 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 Washington, see our General Schedule Pay Calculator.

SEATTLE-TACOMA, WA

The SEATTLE-TACOMA, WA General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Seattle and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 27.02% 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$24,824$25,655$26,481$27,302$28,127$28,610$29,425$30,249$30,282$31,054
GS-2$27,911$28,576$29,500$30,282$30,622$31,523$32,423$33,324$34,224$35,125
GS-3$30,454$31,469$32,484$33,499$34,514$35,529$36,544$37,559$38,573$39,588
GS-4$34,187$35,327$36,466$37,606$38,745$39,884$41,024$42,163$43,302$44,442
GS-5$38,250$39,525$40,800$42,075$43,351$44,626$45,901$47,176$48,452$49,727
GS-6$42,637$44,058$45,480$46,901$48,322$49,744$51,165$52,586$54,008$55,429
GS-7$47,380$48,959$50,537$52,116$53,695$55,274$56,853$58,432$60,011$61,589
GS-8$52,472$54,221$55,970$57,719$59,468$61,217$62,966$64,715$66,464$68,214
GS-9$57,955$59,887$61,819$63,751$65,683$67,615$69,547$71,479$73,411$75,343
GS-10$63,822$65,950$68,078$70,205$72,333$74,460$76,588$78,716$80,843$82,971
GS-11$70,120$72,457$74,794$77,132$79,469$81,806$84,143$86,480$88,817$91,155
GS-12$84,045$86,847$89,649$92,452$95,254$98,056$100,858$103,660$106,462$109,264
GS-13$99,941$103,272$106,604$109,936$113,268$116,599$119,931$123,263$126,594$129,926
GS-14$118,099$122,036$125,972$129,908$133,845$137,781$141,717$145,654$149,590$153,527
GS-15$138,917$143,548$148,179$152,810$157,441$162,072$166,704$170,800*$170,800*$170,800*

The Seattle locality pay rate also applies to Bellevue, Bremerton, Everett, Kent, Oak Harbor, Seattle, Tacoma, and other cities within the region.

Government installations that use the Seattle GS locality include Bangor Naval Base, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Everett Naval Station, and other facilities within the region.

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PORTLAND-VANCOUVER-SALEM, OR-WA

The PORTLAND-VANCOUVER-SALEM, OR-WA General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Portland and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 23.74% 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$24,183$24,993$25,797$26,597$27,401$27,871$28,666$29,467$29,500$30,252
GS-2$27,191$27,838$28,739$29,500$29,831$30,709$31,586$32,463$33,341$34,218
GS-3$29,668$30,657$31,645$32,634$33,623$34,611$35,600$36,589$37,577$38,566
GS-4$33,305$34,415$35,525$36,634$37,744$38,854$39,964$41,074$42,184$43,294
GS-5$37,262$38,504$39,747$40,989$42,231$43,474$44,716$45,958$47,201$48,443
GS-6$41,536$42,920$44,305$45,690$47,074$48,459$49,844$51,228$52,613$53,998
GS-7$46,156$47,694$49,232$50,771$52,309$53,847$55,385$56,923$58,461$59,999
GS-8$51,117$52,821$54,525$56,229$57,933$59,636$61,340$63,044$64,748$66,452
GS-9$56,459$58,341$60,223$62,105$63,987$65,869$67,751$69,633$71,516$73,398
GS-10$62,174$64,247$66,320$68,392$70,465$72,538$74,610$76,683$78,756$80,828
GS-11$68,309$70,586$72,863$75,140$77,417$79,694$81,970$84,247$86,524$88,801
GS-12$81,875$84,605$87,334$90,064$92,794$95,524$98,253$100,983$103,713$106,442
GS-13$97,360$100,606$103,851$107,097$110,343$113,588$116,834$120,080$123,325$126,571
GS-14$115,050$118,884$122,719$126,554$130,389$134,223$138,058$141,893$145,727$149,562
GS-15$135,329$139,841$144,353$148,864$153,376$157,887$162,399$166,910$170,800*$170,800*

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

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Rest of Washington

Any federal employees in Washington 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 Spokane, Yakima, and other cities within the region.

Government installations that use the Rest of U.S. GS locality include Fairchild Air Force Base, 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/washington