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General Schedule (GS) Payscale in Pennsylvania 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.

Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania, see our General Schedule Pay Calculator.

NEW YORK-NEWARK, NY-NJ-CT-PA

The NEW YORK-NEWARK, NY-NJ-CT-PA General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in New York City and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 33.98% 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$26,445$27,332$28,211$29,086$29,965$30,479$31,349$32,225$32,260$33,080
GS-2$29,736$30,443$31,428$32,260$32,623$33,582$34,541$35,501$36,460$37,419
GS-3$32,445$33,526$34,607$35,688$36,769$37,851$38,932$40,013$41,094$42,176
GS-4$36,421$37,635$38,849$40,063$41,277$42,490$43,704$44,918$46,132$47,346
GS-5$40,749$42,107$43,466$44,824$46,183$47,541$48,900$50,259$51,617$52,976
GS-6$45,423$46,937$48,451$49,965$51,479$52,993$54,507$56,021$57,535$59,049
GS-7$50,476$52,158$53,841$55,524$57,207$58,890$60,572$62,255$63,938$65,621
GS-8$55,900$57,764$59,628$61,491$63,355$65,219$67,082$68,946$70,810$72,673
GS-9$61,742$63,800$65,858$67,916$69,974$72,032$74,090$76,148$78,205$80,263
GS-10$67,992$70,259$72,526$74,793$77,060$79,327$81,594$83,861$86,128$88,395
GS-11$74,702$77,193$79,683$82,174$84,665$87,155$89,646$92,137$94,627$97,118
GS-12$89,537$92,523$95,508$98,493$101,478$104,463$107,448$110,433$113,418$116,403
GS-13$106,471$110,020$113,569$117,119$120,668$124,217$127,766$131,315$134,864$138,413
GS-14$125,817$130,010$134,204$138,397$142,591$146,784$150,978$155,172$159,365$163,559
GS-15$147,994$152,927$157,861$162,794$167,727$172,500*$172,500*$172,500*$172,500*$172,500*

The New York City locality pay rate also applies to Allentown, Tobyhanna, and other cities within the region.

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WASHINGTON-BALTIMORE-ARLINGTON, DC-MD-VA-WV-PA

The WASHINGTON-BALTIMORE-ARLINGTON, DC-MD-VA-WV-PA General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Washington DC and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 30.48% 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$25,754$26,618$27,474$28,326$29,182$29,683$30,530$31,383$31,417$32,216
GS-2$28,959$29,648$30,607$31,417$31,771$32,705$33,639$34,573$35,508$36,442
GS-3$31,597$32,650$33,703$34,756$35,809$36,862$37,915$38,968$40,021$41,074
GS-4$35,470$36,652$37,834$39,016$40,198$41,380$42,563$43,745$44,927$46,109
GS-5$39,684$41,007$42,330$43,653$44,976$46,300$47,623$48,946$50,269$51,592
GS-6$44,237$45,711$47,185$48,660$50,134$51,609$53,083$54,558$56,032$57,506
GS-7$49,157$50,796$52,435$54,074$55,712$57,351$58,990$60,629$62,268$63,906
GS-8$54,440$56,255$58,070$59,885$61,700$63,515$65,330$67,145$68,960$70,775
GS-9$60,129$62,133$64,137$66,142$68,146$70,150$72,154$74,158$76,162$78,167
GS-10$66,216$68,424$70,631$72,839$75,047$77,255$79,462$81,670$83,878$86,085
GS-11$72,750$75,176$77,602$80,027$82,453$84,879$87,304$89,730$92,155$94,581
GS-12$87,198$90,106$93,013$95,920$98,827$101,734$104,641$107,548$110,455$113,362
GS-13$103,690$107,146$110,603$114,059$117,516$120,972$124,428$127,885$131,341$134,798
GS-14$122,530$126,614$130,698$134,782$138,866$142,950$147,034$151,118$155,202$159,286
GS-15$144,128$148,932$153,737$158,541$163,345$168,150$172,500*$172,500*$172,500*$172,500*

The Washington DC locality pay rate also applies to Chambersburg, Fairview, and other cities within the region.

Government installations that use the Washington DC GS locality include Defense Distribution Depot Susquehanna, and other facilities within the region.

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PHILADELPHIA-READING-CAMDEN, PA-NJ-DE-MD

The PHILADELPHIA-READING-CAMDEN, PA-NJ-DE-MD General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Philadelphia and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 26.04% 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$24,878$25,712$26,539$27,362$28,189$28,673$29,491$30,315$30,348$31,119
GS-2$27,973$28,639$29,565$30,348$30,689$31,592$32,494$33,397$34,299$35,202
GS-3$30,522$31,539$32,556$33,573$34,590$35,608$36,625$37,642$38,659$39,676
GS-4$34,263$35,405$36,547$37,688$38,830$39,972$41,114$42,256$43,398$44,540
GS-5$38,334$39,612$40,890$42,168$43,446$44,724$46,002$47,280$48,558$49,836
GS-6$42,731$44,156$45,580$47,004$48,428$49,853$51,277$52,701$54,125$55,550
GS-7$47,484$49,067$50,650$52,233$53,817$55,400$56,983$58,566$60,149$61,732
GS-8$52,588$54,341$56,094$57,847$59,601$61,354$63,107$64,860$66,613$68,367
GS-9$58,083$60,019$61,955$63,891$65,827$67,763$69,699$71,635$73,571$75,507
GS-10$63,963$66,095$68,228$70,361$72,493$74,626$76,758$78,891$81,024$83,156
GS-11$70,275$72,618$74,961$77,304$79,647$81,990$84,333$86,676$89,020$91,363
GS-12$84,231$87,039$89,848$92,656$95,464$98,272$101,080$103,888$106,697$109,505
GS-13$100,161$103,500$106,839$110,178$113,517$116,855$120,194$123,533$126,872$130,211
GS-14$118,360$122,305$126,250$130,196$134,141$138,086$142,031$145,976$149,921$153,866
GS-15$139,224$143,865$148,505$153,146$157,787$162,428$167,069$171,709$172,500*$172,500*

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

Government installations that use the Philadelphia GS locality include Naval Facilities Engineering Command, and other facilities within the region.

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PITTSBURGH-NEW CASTLE-WEIRTON, PA-OH-WV

The PITTSBURGH-NEW CASTLE-WEIRTON, PA-OH-WV General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 19.4% 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$23,567$24,358$25,141$25,921$26,704$27,162$27,937$28,718$28,749$29,480
GS-2$26,500$27,130$28,008$28,749$29,073$29,928$30,783$31,637$32,492$33,347
GS-3$28,914$29,877$30,841$31,805$32,768$33,732$34,695$35,659$36,622$37,586
GS-4$32,458$33,539$34,621$35,703$36,785$37,867$38,948$40,030$41,112$42,194
GS-5$36,314$37,525$38,736$39,946$41,157$42,368$43,579$44,789$46,000$47,211
GS-6$40,480$41,829$43,179$44,528$45,877$47,226$48,576$49,925$51,274$52,623
GS-7$44,983$46,482$47,982$49,482$50,981$52,481$53,981$55,480$56,980$58,480
GS-8$49,817$51,478$53,139$54,800$56,461$58,122$59,782$61,443$63,104$64,765
GS-9$55,023$56,857$58,691$60,525$62,359$64,193$66,027$67,861$69,695$71,529
GS-10$60,593$62,613$64,634$66,654$68,674$70,694$72,715$74,735$76,755$78,775
GS-11$66,573$68,792$71,012$73,232$75,451$77,671$79,891$82,110$84,330$86,549
GS-12$79,794$82,454$85,114$87,775$90,435$93,095$95,755$98,415$101,076$103,736
GS-13$94,885$98,048$101,211$104,374$107,536$110,699$113,862$117,025$120,188$123,351
GS-14$112,125$115,862$119,599$123,337$127,074$130,811$134,548$138,285$142,023$145,760
GS-15$131,889$136,286$140,682$145,078$149,474$153,871$158,267$162,663$167,060$171,456

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

Government installations that use the Pittsburgh GS locality include Pittsburgh IAP Air Reserve Station, and other facilities within the region.

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HARRISBURG-LEBANON, PA

The HARRISBURG-LEBANON, PA General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Harrisburg and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 17.2% 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$23,133$23,909$24,678$25,443$26,212$26,662$27,422$28,189$28,219$28,937
GS-2$26,011$26,630$27,492$28,219$28,537$29,376$30,215$31,054$31,894$32,733
GS-3$28,381$29,327$30,273$31,219$32,164$33,110$34,056$35,002$35,948$36,893
GS-4$31,860$32,921$33,983$35,045$36,107$37,169$38,231$39,292$40,354$41,416
GS-5$35,645$36,834$38,022$39,210$40,399$41,587$42,776$43,964$45,152$46,341
GS-6$39,734$41,059$42,383$43,707$45,032$46,356$47,680$49,005$50,329$51,654
GS-7$44,154$45,626$47,098$48,570$50,042$51,514$52,986$54,458$55,930$57,402
GS-8$48,899$50,530$52,160$53,790$55,420$57,051$58,681$60,311$61,941$63,572
GS-9$54,009$55,809$57,610$59,410$61,210$63,010$64,810$66,611$68,411$70,211
GS-10$59,477$61,460$63,443$65,426$67,409$69,392$71,375$73,358$75,341$77,324
GS-11$65,346$67,525$69,704$71,882$74,061$76,240$78,419$80,597$82,776$84,955
GS-12$78,324$80,935$83,546$86,157$88,768$91,380$93,991$96,602$99,213$101,825
GS-13$93,136$96,241$99,346$102,450$105,555$108,660$111,764$114,869$117,974$121,078
GS-14$110,059$113,727$117,396$121,064$124,732$128,401$132,069$135,738$139,406$143,074
GS-15$129,459$133,774$138,090$142,405$146,720$151,036$155,351$159,666$163,982$168,297

The Harrisburg locality pay rate also applies to Carlisle, Mechanicsburg, and other cities within the region.

Government installations that use the Harrisburg GS locality include Carlisle Barracks, and other facilities within the region.

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Rest of Pennsylvania

Any federal employees in Pennsylvania 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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