Executive & Senior Level Pay Tables | 2021
2021 Senior Executive Service (SES)
|Level Description||Minimum Salary||Maximum Salary|
|Agencies with a Certified SES Performance Appraisal System||$132,552||$199,300|
|Agencies without a Certified SES Performance Appraisal System||$132,552||$183,300|
2021 Executive Schedule (ES)
|ES Level||Education Level||Salary|
|ES Level 1||Ph.D.||$221,400|
|ES Level 2||Ph.D.||$199,300|
|ES Level 3||Ph.D.||$183,300|
|ES Level 4||Ph.D.||$172,500|
|ES Level 5||Ph.D.||$161,700|
The Senior Executive Service (SES) and Executive Service (ES) scales set the yearly salaries for top government officials, including the leaders and senior personnel in over 75 Federal government agencies. Generally, the SES is comprised of high-level officials who are above the GS-15 level of the General Schedule (GS) Payscale.
These pay levels represent guidelines for agencies to use for setting the salaries of their top officials. Minimum pay under the ES scale is set at 120% of the basic pay for a GS-15 Step 1 employee, while the maximum compensation that can be paid to an ES employee is the current salary of the Vice President of the United States.
Click on any ES level for details and a list of government officials who are paid at that ES level.