Executive & Senior Level Pay Tables
Executive Schedule - ES Level 5 Pay
The Executive Schedule (ES) sets the yearly salaries for top government officials, including the leaders and senior personnel in over 75 Federal government agencies.
Level V Executive Schedule is the pay grade directly above grade 15 on the General Schedule. Level V positions are considered equivalent to a one star general in the US armed forces. SES Level V positions are usually Directors or Associate Directors of smaller agencies and commissions.
Since 2009, the yearly pay for an ES Level 5 official has been raised 1.51% from $143,500 per year to $145,700 per year.
For more information, visit the 2021 Senior Executive Service payscale page.
Who gets paid at ES Level 5?
Here's a list of 80 high-level federal positions that are classified under Level 5 of the Executive Schedule. For more details, click on any position title to view the applicable Wikipedia page (links open in new window).
- 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.