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General Schedule (GS) Payscale in North Carolina for 2022

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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 20.94% 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$24,396$25,215$26,025$26,833$27,643$28,117$28,920$29,728$29,761$30,518
GS-2$27,432$28,085$28,993$29,761$30,097$30,982$31,868$32,753$33,638$34,524
GS-3$29,931$30,929$31,927$32,925$33,922$34,920$35,918$36,916$37,913$38,911
GS-4$33,600$34,719$35,839$36,959$38,079$39,199$40,319$41,439$42,559$43,679
GS-5$37,592$38,845$40,098$41,351$42,604$43,856$45,109$46,362$47,615$48,868
GS-6$41,905$43,301$44,698$46,095$47,492$48,889$50,286$51,682$53,079$54,476
GS-7$46,566$48,117$49,669$51,221$52,772$54,324$55,875$57,427$58,979$60,530
GS-8$51,570$53,289$55,007$56,726$58,444$60,163$61,881$63,600$65,318$67,037
GS-9$56,959$58,858$60,757$62,655$64,554$66,453$68,352$70,250$72,149$74,048
GS-10$62,724$64,815$66,906$68,997$71,089$73,180$75,271$77,362$79,453$81,544
GS-11$68,915$71,212$73,509$75,805$78,102$80,398$82,695$84,992$87,288$89,585
GS-12$82,601$85,355$88,108$90,862$93,616$96,370$99,124$101,877$104,631$107,385
GS-13$98,223$101,496$104,770$108,044$111,318$114,592$117,866$121,140$124,413$127,687
GS-14$116,070$119,939$123,807$127,676$131,545$135,414$139,283$143,152$147,021$150,890
GS-15$136,529$141,080$145,631$150,182$154,733$159,284$163,835$168,386$172,937$176,300*

The Raleigh locality pay rate also applies to Cary, Durham, Fayetteville, Goldsboro, Raleigh, and other cities 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 18.06% 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$23,815$24,614$25,405$26,194$26,985$27,448$28,232$29,020$29,052$29,791
GS-2$26,778$27,416$28,303$29,052$29,380$30,245$31,109$31,973$32,837$33,701
GS-3$29,219$30,193$31,167$32,141$33,115$34,089$35,063$36,037$37,011$37,985
GS-4$32,799$33,893$34,986$36,079$37,172$38,266$39,359$40,452$41,545$42,639
GS-5$36,697$37,920$39,143$40,366$41,589$42,812$44,035$45,258$46,481$47,705
GS-6$40,907$42,270$43,634$44,997$46,361$47,725$49,088$50,452$51,815$53,179
GS-7$45,457$46,971$48,486$50,001$51,515$53,030$54,545$56,060$57,574$59,089
GS-8$50,342$52,020$53,697$55,375$57,052$58,730$60,408$62,085$63,763$65,441
GS-9$55,603$57,456$59,310$61,163$63,017$64,870$66,724$68,578$70,431$72,285
GS-10$61,231$63,272$65,313$67,354$69,396$71,437$73,478$75,519$77,561$79,602
GS-11$67,274$69,516$71,758$74,000$76,242$78,484$80,726$82,968$85,210$87,452
GS-12$80,634$83,322$86,010$88,698$91,387$94,075$96,763$99,451$102,140$104,828
GS-13$95,884$99,079$102,275$105,471$108,667$111,863$115,059$118,255$121,451$124,647
GS-14$113,306$117,082$120,859$124,636$128,413$132,189$135,966$139,743$143,520$147,296
GS-15$133,278$137,721$142,163$146,606$151,048$155,491$159,934$164,376$168,819$173,261

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 17.18% 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$23,638$24,431$25,216$25,999$26,784$27,243$28,021$28,804$28,836$29,569
GS-2$26,579$27,212$28,092$28,836$29,161$30,019$30,877$31,735$32,592$33,450
GS-3$29,001$29,968$30,934$31,901$32,868$33,835$34,801$35,768$36,735$37,701
GS-4$32,555$33,640$34,725$35,810$36,895$37,980$39,065$40,151$41,236$42,321
GS-5$36,423$37,637$38,851$40,065$41,279$42,493$43,707$44,921$46,135$47,349
GS-6$40,602$41,955$43,309$44,662$46,015$47,369$48,722$50,076$51,429$52,783
GS-7$45,118$46,621$48,125$49,628$51,131$52,635$54,138$55,642$57,145$58,649
GS-8$49,967$51,632$53,297$54,962$56,627$58,292$59,957$61,623$63,288$64,953
GS-9$55,188$57,028$58,868$60,707$62,547$64,387$66,227$68,066$69,906$71,746
GS-10$60,774$62,800$64,826$66,852$68,878$70,904$72,930$74,957$76,983$79,009
GS-11$66,773$68,998$71,223$73,448$75,674$77,899$80,124$82,349$84,575$86,800
GS-12$80,033$82,701$85,369$88,037$90,706$93,374$96,042$98,710$101,378$104,046
GS-13$95,169$98,341$101,513$104,685$107,857$111,029$114,201$117,373$120,545$123,717
GS-14$112,461$116,210$119,958$123,707$127,456$131,204$134,953$138,701$142,450$146,198
GS-15$132,285$136,694$141,103$145,513$149,922$154,332$158,741$163,151$167,560$171,970

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 16.2% (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$23,440$24,227$25,005$25,781$26,560$27,015$27,787$28,563$28,594$29,322
GS-2$26,356$26,984$27,857$28,594$28,918$29,768$30,619$31,469$32,320$33,170
GS-3$28,758$29,717$30,676$31,634$32,593$33,552$34,510$35,469$36,428$37,386
GS-4$32,283$33,359$34,435$35,511$36,587$37,663$38,739$39,815$40,891$41,967
GS-5$36,118$37,322$38,526$39,730$40,934$42,138$43,341$44,545$45,749$46,953
GS-6$40,262$41,604$42,946$44,288$45,631$46,973$48,315$49,657$50,999$52,341
GS-7$44,740$46,231$47,722$49,213$50,704$52,195$53,686$55,176$56,667$58,158
GS-8$49,549$51,200$52,851$54,502$56,154$57,805$59,456$61,107$62,758$64,410
GS-9$54,727$56,551$58,375$60,200$62,024$63,848$65,673$67,497$69,321$71,146
GS-10$60,266$62,275$64,284$66,293$68,302$70,311$72,321$74,330$76,339$78,348
GS-11$66,214$68,421$70,628$72,834$75,041$77,247$79,454$81,661$83,867$86,074
GS-12$79,363$82,009$84,655$87,301$89,947$92,593$95,239$97,885$100,530$103,176
GS-13$94,373$97,519$100,664$103,810$106,955$110,101$113,246$116,392$119,537$122,683
GS-14$111,521$115,238$118,955$122,672$126,390$130,107$133,824$137,541$141,259$144,976
GS-15$131,178$135,551$139,923$144,296$148,669$153,041$157,414$161,786$166,159$170,532

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.

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* For some high-paygrade workers pay under the GS scale may be capped at $176,300, 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/2022/northcarolina