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Executive & Senior Level Pay Tables

Executive Schedule - ES Level 1 Pay

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The Executive Schedule (ES) sets the yearly salaries for top government officials, including the leaders and senior personnel in over 75 Federal government agencies.

ES Level I positions are presidentially appointed and congressionally approved. These positions are filled by the president's cabinet and high level executives who lead major departments or agencies within the federal executive branch. When the presidential administration changes Level I positions are reappointed by the new administration.

Since 2009, the yearly pay for an ES Level 1 official has been raised 1.5% from $196,700 per year to $199,700 per year.

For more information, visit the 2021 Senior Executive Service payscale page.

Year Salary Year Salary Year Salary Year Salary Year Salary

Who gets paid at ES Level 1?

Here's a list of 21 high-level federal positions that are classified under Level 1 of the Executive Schedule. For more details, click on any position title to view the applicable Wikipedia page (links open in new window).


  1. Calculation of hourly pay is based on 5 U.S.C. 5504(b), which specifies an average of 2,087 hours worked yearly for use in hourly wage calculations.
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