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General Schedule (GS) Payscale in North Carolina 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.

North Carolina 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 North Carolina, see our General Schedule Pay Calculator.

RALEIGH-DURHAM-CHAPEL HILL, NC

The RALEIGH-DURHAM-CHAPEL HILL, NC General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Raleigh and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 20.49% 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$23,782$24,580$25,370$26,157$26,948$27,410$28,192$28,980$29,012$29,749
GS-2$26,742$27,378$28,263$29,012$29,338$30,201$31,064$31,926$32,789$33,652
GS-3$29,178$30,150$31,123$32,095$33,067$34,040$35,012$35,984$36,957$37,929
GS-4$32,754$33,846$34,937$36,029$37,121$38,212$39,304$40,395$41,487$42,579
GS-5$36,646$37,868$39,089$40,311$41,533$42,755$43,976$45,198$46,420$47,642
GS-6$40,850$42,211$43,573$44,934$46,296$47,657$49,019$50,380$51,742$53,104
GS-7$45,393$46,907$48,420$49,933$51,447$52,960$54,474$55,987$57,500$59,014
GS-8$50,272$51,948$53,624$55,300$56,976$58,652$60,328$62,004$63,680$65,356
GS-9$55,525$57,376$59,227$61,078$62,928$64,779$66,630$68,480$70,331$72,182
GS-10$61,146$63,185$65,224$67,262$69,301$71,340$73,378$75,417$77,456$79,494
GS-11$67,180$69,420$71,660$73,900$76,140$78,380$80,620$82,860$85,100$87,340
GS-12$80,522$83,207$85,891$88,576$91,260$93,945$96,629$99,314$101,998$104,683
GS-13$95,751$98,943$102,135$105,326$108,518$111,710$114,902$118,093$121,285$124,477
GS-14$113,149$116,920$120,691$124,463$128,234$132,005$135,777$139,548$143,319$147,091
GS-15$133,093$137,530$141,966$146,403$150,839$155,275$159,712$164,148$168,585$172,500*

The Raleigh locality pay rate also applies to Cary, Durham, Fayetteville, Goldsboro, Raleigh, and other cities within the region.

Government installations that use the Raleigh GS locality include Fort Bragg, and other facilities within the region.

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CHARLOTTE-CONCORD, NC-SC

The CHARLOTTE-CONCORD, NC-SC General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Charlotte and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 17.44% 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$23,180$23,958$24,728$25,495$26,265$26,716$27,479$28,247$28,277$28,996
GS-2$26,065$26,685$27,548$28,277$28,595$29,436$30,277$31,118$31,959$32,800
GS-3$28,439$29,387$30,335$31,282$32,230$33,178$34,126$35,073$36,021$36,969
GS-4$31,925$32,989$34,053$35,117$36,181$37,245$38,309$39,373$40,437$41,501
GS-5$35,718$36,909$38,100$39,291$40,482$41,672$42,863$44,054$45,245$46,436
GS-6$39,816$41,143$42,470$43,797$45,124$46,451$47,778$49,105$50,432$51,759
GS-7$44,244$45,719$47,194$48,669$50,145$51,620$53,095$54,570$56,045$57,520
GS-8$48,999$50,633$52,267$53,900$55,534$57,167$58,801$60,435$62,068$63,702
GS-9$54,120$55,924$57,728$59,532$61,335$63,139$64,943$66,747$68,551$70,355
GS-10$59,598$61,586$63,573$65,560$67,547$69,534$71,521$73,508$75,495$77,482
GS-11$65,480$67,663$69,846$72,029$74,213$76,396$78,579$80,762$82,946$85,129
GS-12$78,484$81,101$83,717$86,334$88,950$91,567$94,183$96,800$99,416$102,033
GS-13$93,327$96,438$99,549$102,660$105,771$108,882$111,993$115,104$118,215$121,326
GS-14$110,284$113,960$117,636$121,312$124,988$128,664$132,340$136,015$139,691$143,367
GS-15$129,724$134,048$138,373$142,697$147,021$151,345$155,669$159,993$164,317$168,641

The Charlotte locality pay rate also applies to Charlotte, and other cities 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$22,997$23,768$24,532$25,293$26,057$26,505$27,261$28,023$28,053$28,766
GS-2$25,858$26,473$27,330$28,053$28,369$29,203$30,037$30,872$31,706$32,540
GS-3$28,214$29,154$30,095$31,035$31,975$32,915$33,855$34,796$35,736$36,676
GS-4$31,672$32,728$33,783$34,839$35,894$36,950$38,006$39,061$40,117$41,172
GS-5$35,435$36,617$37,798$38,980$40,161$41,342$42,524$43,705$44,887$46,068
GS-6$39,500$40,817$42,134$43,450$44,767$46,083$47,400$48,716$50,033$51,349
GS-7$43,894$45,357$46,821$48,284$49,747$51,211$52,674$54,138$55,601$57,064
GS-8$48,611$50,232$51,853$53,473$55,094$56,715$58,335$59,956$61,577$63,197
GS-9$53,691$55,481$57,270$59,060$60,850$62,639$64,429$66,218$68,008$69,798
GS-10$59,126$61,098$63,069$65,041$67,012$68,983$70,955$72,926$74,897$76,869
GS-11$64,961$67,127$69,293$71,459$73,625$75,791$77,957$80,123$82,289$84,455
GS-12$77,862$80,458$83,054$85,650$88,246$90,842$93,438$96,033$98,629$101,225
GS-13$92,588$95,675$98,761$101,847$104,934$108,020$111,106$114,193$117,279$120,365
GS-14$109,411$113,058$116,705$120,351$123,998$127,645$131,292$134,938$138,585$142,232
GS-15$128,697$132,987$137,277$141,567$145,857$150,146$154,436$158,726$163,016$167,306

The Virginia Beach locality pay rate also applies to Elizabeth City, and other cities within the region.

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Rest of North Carolina

Any federal employees in North Carolina 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 Greensboro, Havelock, High Point, Hoffman, Jacksonville, Southport, Wilmington, Winston-Salem, and other cities within the region.

Government installations that use the Rest of U.S. GS locality include VA Medical Center, Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station, Camp LeJeune, 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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