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General Schedule (GS) Payscale in Alabama for 2021

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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.

Alabama 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 Alabama, see our General Schedule Pay Calculator.

ATLANTA--ATHENS-CLARKE COUNTY--SANDY SPRINGS, GA-AL

The ATLANTA--ATHENS-CLARKE COUNTY--SANDY SPRINGS, GA-AL General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Atlanta and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 22.16% 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$24,112$24,921$25,722$26,520$27,321$27,790$28,583$29,382$29,414$30,161
GS-2$27,112$27,757$28,655$29,414$29,745$30,619$31,494$32,369$33,243$34,118
GS-3$29,582$30,568$31,554$32,540$33,526$34,511$35,497$36,483$37,469$38,455
GS-4$33,208$34,315$35,422$36,528$37,635$38,742$39,849$40,955$42,062$43,169
GS-5$37,154$38,392$39,631$40,870$42,109$43,347$44,586$45,825$47,063$48,302
GS-6$41,416$42,796$44,177$45,557$46,938$48,318$49,698$51,079$52,459$53,840
GS-7$46,023$47,557$49,091$50,626$52,160$53,694$55,229$56,763$58,297$59,832
GS-8$50,969$52,668$54,367$56,067$57,766$59,465$61,164$62,864$64,563$66,262
GS-9$56,295$58,171$60,048$61,924$63,801$65,677$67,553$69,430$71,306$73,182
GS-10$61,994$64,061$66,128$68,195$70,262$72,328$74,395$76,462$78,529$80,596
GS-11$68,112$70,382$72,653$74,924$77,195$79,466$81,737$84,008$86,279$88,550
GS-12$81,638$84,360$87,082$89,803$92,525$95,247$97,969$100,690$103,412$106,134
GS-13$97,078$100,314$103,550$106,786$110,022$113,258$116,494$119,730$122,966$126,202
GS-14$114,717$118,540$122,364$126,188$130,011$133,835$137,658$141,482$145,306$149,129
GS-15$134,938$139,436$143,934$148,432$152,930$157,428$161,926$166,423$170,921$172,500*
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HUNTSVILLE-DECATUR-ALBERTVILLE, AL

The HUNTSVILLE-DECATUR-ALBERTVILLE, AL General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Huntsville and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 19.85% 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$23,656$24,449$25,236$26,018$26,804$27,265$28,043$28,826$28,857$29,591
GS-2$26,600$27,232$28,113$28,857$29,182$30,040$30,899$31,757$32,615$33,473
GS-3$29,023$29,990$30,957$31,924$32,892$33,859$34,826$35,793$36,760$37,728
GS-4$32,580$33,666$34,752$35,838$36,923$38,009$39,095$40,181$41,267$42,353
GS-5$36,451$37,666$38,882$40,097$41,312$42,528$43,743$44,958$46,173$47,389
GS-6$40,633$41,987$43,341$44,696$46,050$47,404$48,759$50,113$51,467$52,821
GS-7$45,152$46,658$48,163$49,668$51,174$52,679$54,184$55,690$57,195$58,700
GS-8$50,005$51,672$53,339$55,006$56,673$58,341$60,008$61,675$63,342$65,009
GS-9$55,230$57,071$58,912$60,753$62,594$64,435$66,276$68,117$69,958$71,799
GS-10$60,821$62,849$64,877$66,905$68,933$70,961$72,989$75,017$77,044$79,072
GS-11$66,824$69,052$71,280$73,508$75,736$77,964$80,192$82,420$84,648$86,876
GS-12$80,095$82,765$85,435$88,105$90,776$93,446$96,116$98,786$101,457$104,127
GS-13$95,242$98,417$101,592$104,767$107,942$111,117$114,291$117,466$120,641$123,816
GS-14$112,548$116,299$120,050$123,801$127,553$131,304$135,055$138,807$142,558$146,309
GS-15$132,386$136,799$141,212$145,625$150,038$154,451$158,864$163,276$167,689$172,102

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

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BIRMINGHAM-HOOVER-TALLADEGA, AL

The BIRMINGHAM-HOOVER-TALLADEGA, AL General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Birmingham and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 16.26% 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$22,947$23,717$24,480$25,239$26,002$26,448$27,203$27,963$27,993$28,705
GS-2$25,803$26,417$27,271$27,993$28,308$29,141$29,973$30,805$31,638$32,470
GS-3$28,154$29,092$30,030$30,968$31,906$32,845$33,783$34,721$35,659$36,597
GS-4$31,604$32,657$33,711$34,764$35,817$36,871$37,924$38,977$40,031$41,084
GS-5$35,359$36,538$37,717$38,896$40,075$41,254$42,433$43,611$44,790$45,969
GS-6$39,416$40,729$42,043$43,357$44,671$45,984$47,298$48,612$49,926$51,239
GS-7$43,800$45,260$46,720$48,180$49,641$51,101$52,561$54,021$55,482$56,942
GS-8$48,507$50,124$51,742$53,359$54,976$56,593$58,210$59,827$61,445$63,062
GS-9$53,576$55,362$57,148$58,933$60,719$62,505$64,291$66,076$67,862$69,648
GS-10$59,000$60,967$62,934$64,901$66,868$68,835$70,802$72,769$74,737$76,704
GS-11$64,822$66,983$69,144$71,306$73,467$75,628$77,790$79,951$82,112$84,273
GS-12$77,695$80,286$82,876$85,466$88,056$90,647$93,237$95,827$98,418$101,008
GS-13$92,389$95,469$98,549$101,629$104,708$107,788$110,868$113,948$117,027$120,107
GS-14$109,176$112,815$116,454$120,093$123,732$127,371$131,010$134,649$138,288$141,927
GS-15$128,421$132,701$136,982$141,263$145,544$149,824$154,105$158,386$162,666$166,947

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

Government installations that use the Birmingham GS locality include Anniston Army Depot, and other facilities within the region.

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Rest of Alabama

Any federal employees in Alabama 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$22,886$23,654$24,414$25,172$25,932$26,377$27,130$27,888$27,918$28,628
GS-2$25,734$26,346$27,198$27,918$28,233$29,063$29,893$30,723$31,553$32,384
GS-3$28,078$29,014$29,950$30,886$31,821$32,757$33,693$34,628$35,564$36,500
GS-4$31,520$32,570$33,621$34,671$35,722$36,772$37,823$38,873$39,924$40,974
GS-5$35,265$36,441$37,616$38,792$39,968$41,144$42,319$43,495$44,671$45,847
GS-6$39,311$40,621$41,931$43,241$44,551$45,862$47,172$48,482$49,792$51,103
GS-7$43,683$45,139$46,596$48,052$49,508$50,965$52,421$53,877$55,334$56,790
GS-8$48,378$49,991$51,604$53,216$54,829$56,442$58,055$59,668$61,281$62,894
GS-9$53,433$55,214$56,995$58,776$60,557$62,338$64,119$65,900$67,681$69,462
GS-10$58,842$60,804$62,766$64,728$66,690$68,652$70,614$72,575$74,537$76,499
GS-11$64,649$66,805$68,960$71,116$73,271$75,427$77,582$79,738$81,893$84,049
GS-12$77,488$80,072$82,655$85,238$87,822$90,405$92,988$95,572$98,155$100,739
GS-13$92,143$95,215$98,286$101,358$104,429$107,501$110,572$113,644$116,715$119,787
GS-14$108,885$112,514$116,144$119,773$123,402$127,031$130,661$134,290$137,919$141,548
GS-15$128,078$132,348$136,617$140,886$145,155$149,425$153,694$157,963$162,233$166,502

The Rest of U.S. locality pay rate also applies to Mobile, Montgomery, Fort Rucker, and other cities within the region.

Government installations that use the Rest of U.S. GS locality include Maxwell 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 $172,500, 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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