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General Schedule (GS) Payscale in Massachusetts 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.

Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts, see our General Schedule Pay Calculator.

HARTFORD-WEST HARTFORD, CT-MA

The HARTFORD-WEST HARTFORD, CT-MA General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Hartford and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 29.49% 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$25,559$26,416$27,265$28,111$28,960$29,458$30,298$31,145$31,179$31,971
GS-2$28,739$29,423$30,374$31,179$31,530$32,457$33,384$34,311$35,238$36,165
GS-3$31,357$32,402$33,447$34,492$35,537$36,582$37,627$38,672$39,717$40,762
GS-4$35,201$36,374$37,547$38,720$39,893$41,066$42,240$43,413$44,586$45,759
GS-5$39,383$40,696$42,009$43,322$44,635$45,948$47,261$48,574$49,887$51,200
GS-6$43,901$45,364$46,827$48,291$49,754$51,217$52,680$54,144$55,607$57,070
GS-7$48,784$50,410$52,037$53,663$55,290$56,916$58,542$60,169$61,795$63,422
GS-8$54,027$55,828$57,630$59,431$61,232$63,033$64,834$66,636$68,437$70,238
GS-9$59,673$61,662$63,651$65,640$67,629$69,618$71,607$73,596$75,585$77,574
GS-10$65,714$67,905$70,096$72,286$74,477$76,668$78,859$81,050$83,241$85,432
GS-11$72,198$74,606$77,013$79,420$81,827$84,235$86,642$89,049$91,456$93,863
GS-12$86,537$89,422$92,307$95,192$98,077$100,962$103,847$106,732$109,617$112,502
GS-13$102,903$106,333$109,763$113,194$116,624$120,054$123,484$126,914$130,345$133,775
GS-14$121,600$125,653$129,706$133,759$137,812$141,865$145,918$149,971$154,024$158,078
GS-15$143,035$147,802$152,570$157,338$162,106$166,874$171,642$172,500*$172,500*$172,500*

The Hartford locality pay rate also applies to Chicopee, Springfield, and other cities within the region.

Government installations that use the Hartford GS locality include Westover Air Force Base, and other facilities within the region.

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BOSTON-WORCESTER-PROVIDENCE, MA-RI-NH-ME

The BOSTON-WORCESTER-PROVIDENCE, MA-RI-NH-ME General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Boston and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 29.11% 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$25,484$26,338$27,185$28,028$28,875$29,371$30,209$31,054$31,087$31,877
GS-2$28,655$29,336$30,285$31,087$31,437$32,361$33,286$34,210$35,135$36,059
GS-3$31,265$32,307$33,349$34,391$35,433$36,475$37,517$38,559$39,601$40,643
GS-4$35,097$36,267$37,437$38,606$39,776$40,946$42,116$43,285$44,455$45,625
GS-5$39,268$40,577$41,886$43,195$44,504$45,813$47,123$48,432$49,741$51,050
GS-6$43,772$45,231$46,690$48,149$49,608$51,067$52,526$53,985$55,444$56,903
GS-7$48,641$50,263$51,884$53,506$55,127$56,749$58,371$59,992$61,614$63,235
GS-8$53,869$55,664$57,460$59,256$61,052$62,848$64,644$66,440$68,236$70,032
GS-9$59,498$61,481$63,464$65,447$67,430$69,413$71,397$73,380$75,363$77,346
GS-10$65,521$67,705$69,890$72,074$74,259$76,443$78,628$80,813$82,997$85,182
GS-11$71,987$74,387$76,787$79,187$81,587$83,987$86,388$88,788$91,188$93,588
GS-12$86,283$89,159$92,036$94,913$97,789$100,666$103,542$106,419$109,295$112,172
GS-13$102,601$106,021$109,441$112,862$116,282$119,702$123,122$126,542$129,962$133,382
GS-14$121,243$125,284$129,326$133,367$137,408$141,449$145,490$149,531$153,572$157,614
GS-15$142,615$147,369$152,123$156,876$161,630$166,384$171,138$172,500*$172,500*$172,500*

The Boston locality pay rate also applies to Boston, Cambridge, Lowell, Worcester, Bedford, Devens, Natick, Sandwich, Woods Hole, and other cities within the region.

Government installations that use the Boston GS locality include Hanscom Air Force Base, and other facilities within the region.

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ALBANY-SCHENECTADY, NY-MA

The ALBANY-SCHENECTADY, NY-MA General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Albany and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 17.88% 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$23,267$24,048$24,821$25,591$26,364$26,817$27,582$28,352$28,383$29,105
GS-2$26,162$26,785$27,651$28,383$28,703$29,547$30,391$31,235$32,079$32,923
GS-3$28,546$29,497$30,448$31,400$32,351$33,302$34,254$35,205$36,156$37,107
GS-4$32,044$33,112$34,180$35,248$36,316$37,384$38,452$39,520$40,588$41,656
GS-5$35,852$37,047$38,243$39,438$40,633$41,829$43,024$44,219$45,414$46,610
GS-6$39,965$41,297$42,629$43,961$45,293$46,625$47,957$49,289$50,621$51,953
GS-7$44,410$45,891$47,371$48,852$50,332$51,813$53,294$54,774$56,255$57,735
GS-8$49,183$50,823$52,462$54,102$55,742$57,382$59,021$60,661$62,301$63,940
GS-9$54,323$56,133$57,944$59,755$61,565$63,376$65,186$66,997$68,808$70,618
GS-10$59,822$61,816$63,811$65,805$67,800$69,794$71,789$73,783$75,778$77,773
GS-11$65,725$67,917$70,108$72,299$74,491$76,682$78,874$81,065$83,256$85,448
GS-12$78,778$81,404$84,031$86,657$89,283$91,910$94,536$97,163$99,789$102,415
GS-13$93,677$96,800$99,922$103,045$106,167$109,290$112,413$115,535$118,658$121,781
GS-14$110,698$114,387$118,077$121,767$125,456$129,146$132,835$136,525$140,215$143,904
GS-15$130,210$134,551$138,891$143,231$147,572$151,912$156,252$160,593$164,933$169,273
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Rest of Massachusetts

Any federal employees in Massachusetts 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
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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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