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General Schedule (GS) Payscale in Virginia 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.

Virginia 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 Virginia, see our General Schedule Pay Calculator.

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 31.53% 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$26,532$27,423$28,304$29,183$30,064$30,579$31,453$32,331$32,367$33,190
GS-2$29,834$30,544$31,532$32,367$32,733$33,695$34,658$35,621$36,584$37,547
GS-3$32,552$33,637$34,723$35,808$36,893$37,978$39,063$40,148$41,233$42,318
GS-4$36,542$37,760$38,978$40,196$41,414$42,632$43,849$45,067$46,285$47,503
GS-5$40,883$42,246$43,609$44,971$46,334$47,697$49,059$50,422$51,785$53,147
GS-6$45,574$47,093$48,612$50,131$51,651$53,170$54,689$56,208$57,727$59,246
GS-7$50,643$52,331$54,018$55,706$57,393$59,081$60,768$62,456$64,143$65,831
GS-8$56,086$57,955$59,824$61,693$63,562$65,431$67,300$69,169$71,038$72,907
GS-9$61,947$64,012$66,077$68,142$70,207$72,272$74,337$76,402$78,467$80,532
GS-10$68,217$70,491$72,765$75,039$77,313$79,587$81,862$84,136$86,410$88,684
GS-11$74,950$77,447$79,945$82,443$84,941$87,439$89,936$92,434$94,932$97,430
GS-12$89,834$92,829$95,824$98,818$101,813$104,808$107,803$110,798$113,793$116,788
GS-13$106,823$110,384$113,944$117,505$121,065$124,626$128,187$131,747$135,308$138,868
GS-14$126,233$130,441$134,649$138,856$143,064$147,272$151,479$155,687$159,894$164,102
GS-15$148,484$153,434$158,383$163,333$168,282$173,232$176,300*$176,300*$176,300*$176,300*

The Washington DC locality pay rate also applies to Alexandria, Quantico, Warrenton, Fort Belvoir, Arlington, Dahlgren, and other cities within the region.

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RICHMOND, VA

The RICHMOND, VA General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Richmond and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 20.64% 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$24,336$25,152$25,961$26,766$27,575$28,048$28,849$29,655$29,687$30,442
GS-2$27,364$28,015$28,921$29,687$30,022$30,906$31,789$32,672$33,555$34,438
GS-3$29,857$30,852$31,848$32,843$33,838$34,834$35,829$36,824$37,819$38,815
GS-4$33,516$34,633$35,750$36,868$37,985$39,102$40,219$41,336$42,453$43,570
GS-5$37,499$38,748$39,998$41,248$42,498$43,748$44,998$46,247$47,497$48,747
GS-6$41,801$43,194$44,587$45,981$47,374$48,768$50,161$51,554$52,948$54,341
GS-7$46,450$47,998$49,546$51,093$52,641$54,189$55,737$57,285$58,833$60,380
GS-8$51,442$53,156$54,871$56,585$58,299$60,014$61,728$63,442$65,156$66,871
GS-9$56,818$58,712$60,606$62,500$64,394$66,288$68,182$70,076$71,970$73,864
GS-10$62,569$64,655$66,740$68,826$70,912$72,998$75,084$77,170$79,256$81,342
GS-11$68,744$71,035$73,326$75,617$77,908$80,199$82,490$84,781$87,072$89,363
GS-12$82,396$85,143$87,890$90,637$93,384$96,131$98,878$101,625$104,372$107,119
GS-13$97,979$101,245$104,510$107,776$111,042$114,308$117,573$120,839$124,105$127,371
GS-14$115,782$119,641$123,500$127,360$131,219$135,078$138,937$142,797$146,656$150,515
GS-15$136,190$140,730$145,270$149,810$154,349$158,889$163,429$167,968$172,508$176,300*

The Richmond locality pay rate also applies to Bowling Green, Richmond, Fort Lee, 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 Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Yorktown, and other cities within the region.

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Rest of Virginia

Any federal employees in Virginia 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 Blackstone, Radford, Wallops Island, 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/virginia