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General Schedule (GS) Payscale in Kentucky 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.

Kentucky 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 Kentucky, see our General Schedule Pay Calculator.

CINCINNATI-WILMINGTON-MAYSVILLE, OH-KY-IN

The CINCINNATI-WILMINGTON-MAYSVILLE, OH-KY-IN General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Cincinnati and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 20.55% 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$23,794$24,592$25,383$26,170$26,961$27,424$28,206$28,995$29,026$29,764
GS-2$26,755$27,391$28,277$29,026$29,353$30,216$31,079$31,942$32,805$33,668
GS-3$29,192$30,165$31,138$32,111$33,084$34,057$35,029$36,002$36,975$37,948
GS-4$32,770$33,862$34,955$36,047$37,139$38,231$39,323$40,416$41,508$42,600
GS-5$36,664$37,886$39,109$40,331$41,554$42,776$43,998$45,221$46,443$47,665
GS-6$40,870$42,232$43,594$44,957$46,319$47,681$49,043$50,406$51,768$53,130
GS-7$45,416$46,930$48,444$49,958$51,472$52,987$54,501$56,015$57,529$59,043
GS-8$50,297$51,974$53,651$55,328$57,004$58,681$60,358$62,035$63,712$65,389
GS-9$55,553$57,405$59,256$61,108$62,960$64,811$66,663$68,515$70,366$72,218
GS-10$61,177$63,216$65,256$67,296$69,336$71,375$73,415$75,455$77,494$79,534
GS-11$67,214$69,455$71,696$73,937$76,178$78,419$80,660$82,901$85,142$87,383
GS-12$80,562$83,248$85,934$88,620$91,306$93,992$96,677$99,363$102,049$104,735
GS-13$95,799$98,992$102,185$105,379$108,572$111,766$114,959$118,152$121,346$124,539
GS-14$113,205$116,978$120,751$124,525$128,298$132,071$135,844$139,617$143,391$147,164
GS-15$133,160$137,598$142,037$146,475$150,914$155,353$159,791$164,230$168,669$172,500*
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Rest of Kentucky

Any federal employees in Kentucky 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 Hopkinsville, Lexington-Fayette, Lexington, Fort Knox, and other cities within the region.

Government installations that use the Rest of U.S. GS locality include Fort Campbell, Fort Campbell, 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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Source: www.federalpay.org/gs/2021/kentucky