Opm Gs Pay Levels – This article provides the latest updates and news on changes to the General Schedule (GS), including projected changes based on plans from the White House and Congress.
The GS pay scale provides an annual base salary or pay scales, in addition to local salary adjustments, for civilian federal employees and related groups. In the section below you can see the changes and adjustments to grades/steps for recent years.
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2024 Projection – At this stage, GS Pay is expected to grow between 2% and 4% in 2024 as inflation moderates. I will let you know as more details about CPI and COLA become available.
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With higher-than-average inflation and a record cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2023, most experts have predicted record wage increases for workers on the GS pay scale.
This was confirmed by President Biden’s executive order (EO) and omnibus government spending funding, which followed the letter of the original alternative pay plan and confirmed an average pay increase of 4.6% for federal employees on the GS pay scale in 2023.
Note that the federal wage increase for 2023 includes an average local wage increase of 0.5%, which will vary by locality (see details in the section below). However, the 4.1% base pay increase will be consistent across all civilian federal employees on the GS pay scale.
See the updated and finalized 2023 GS (base) chart below which reflects a 4.1% increase, which excludes a 0.5% local wage increase. The salary increase will take effect on January 1, 2023.
General Schedule (gs) Base Pay Scale For 2021
[Update December 23, 2022] President Biden confirmed by Executive Order (EO) that GS pay will increase by an average of 4.6% (4.1% base pay and 0.5% local).
This is consistent with his previous (alternative plan) pay adjustments for civilian federal employees due to “national emergencies or serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare.”
Specifically, I have determined that for 2023, cross-sectional base pay increases will be 4.1% and local wage increases will average 0.5%, resulting in an overall average increase of 4.6% for civilian federal employees. The outcome of this alternative salary plan will allow the federal government to better compete in the labor market to attract and retain a skilled federal workforce while addressing the growing recruitment and retention challenges…resulting in a wide pay gap for federal workers compared to the private sector. President Biden
I will update this article as news and salary increase estimates become available for GS 2024. At this stage with reduced inflation, I expect the increase in 2024 to be around 2%.
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Also see the final update on the 2023 military pay scale, which sees the same increase. You can subscribe to our newsletter below to get the latest updates.
The GS pay increases are now finalized following President Biden’s executive order and the passage of the 2023 omnibus bill. The official schedule, including the 55 local pay schedules linked below, is issued through the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The average local salary increase is 0.5%, but will vary by geographic area.
Federal employees on the GS pay scale receive a 2.2% base pay increase for 2022, with an additional 0.5% local wage adjustment, for a total average increase of 2.7%.
These changes take effect on January 1, 2022. This increase is more than double the average wage increase in 2021, reflecting the higher cost of living.
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See below for the GS 2022 base pay scale table by step and grade reflecting the 2.2% base pay adjustment. The local salary adjustment (0.5%) will vary by location and can be found on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) website.
Despite a potential pay freeze for federal employees in 2021, Congress approved a 1 percent raise for federal employees on the GS pay scale. This is not good news in an environment where inflation is rising, especially as members of the armed forces see a 3% increase in the military pay scale in 2021.
Below you can see GS Salary Table 2021 by steps and grades. All changes take effect on January 1, 2021.
[November 2020 Update] President Trump has proposed a 1% wage increase for 2021, but with a weak economy and low inflation, many expect a lower increase, or perhaps no increase at all. Details should be released in the coming months, but those expecting a pay rise may be wise to temper their expectations at this stage.
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For government employees, the 2020 GS pay scale will see a 3.1% increase compared to 2019 levels. This consists of a 2.6% across-the-board scale increase (shown in the table below) and a 0.5% pay adjustment at at the local level. This is the same increase seen in the Military Pay Scale 2020. The updated pay scale is effective January 1, 2020.
In his first year in office, President Trump approved a 1.4% pay raise in 2018 for more than 1.5 million government employees on the GS pay scale. In addition, a local pay adjustment of 0.5% is being made to bring the total pay increase to 1.9% for 2018. This compares to a 2.4% increase for military personnel. The updated GS Pay Scale Table 2018 is shown below:
The GS pay increase is outlined in the executive order, and full details and local details are available on the KP website. At this point, wage increases in 2019 are expected to be similar to wage increases in 2018.
In a surprise move, President Obama rescinded his previous August 2016 wage increase proposal of 1.6%, consisting of
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. In his latest executive order, he proposed a “revised” 2017 total wage increase alternative of 2.1%. This still includes an overall increase of 1%, but will now reflect a local wage adjustment of 1.1%. This brings the overall average wage increase for 2017 to 2.1% (without advancement).
The revised plan was released to accommodate a larger 2.1% increase in military personnel in 2017 and an improved economic environment that led to larger private sector wage increases. While Congress and the new administration could reverse this in 2017, it is unlikely that they will do so at this late stage since all wage increases take effect on January 1, 2017.
The table below shows the 2017 GS pay schedule/step chart and grade reflecting a 1% increase in federal/state totals. The updated 1.2% local wage adjustment will vary by state and I encourage you to check the OPM chart for specific details. Uniformed service members will also receive a 2.1 percent increase in monthly base pay, as seen in the latest 2017 military pay chart.
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[31. August 2016 2017 1.6% Pay Increase]The President has rescinded his executive powers and given government employees on the GS pay scale and members of the armed forces one of the largest pay increases in recent memory. State employees will receive a combined 1.6 percent raise (compared to 1.3 percent last year) under the initial update, which consists of a 1 percent increase to the federal GS pay scale; with an additional 0.6 percent site adjustment fee. Adjustments will be made on 01.01.2017.
“I have determined that for 2017 the overall wage increase will be 1.0 percent,” Obama wrote in an Aug. 31 letter to congressional leaders. “Additionally, I will make a decision no later than November 30, 2016 regarding the alternative local payment plan under 5 U.S.C.” 5304a. The alternative plan for local payments would be capped so that the combined total cost of a 1.0 percent base pay increase and a differential local pay increase would be 1.6 percent of base pay, consistent with the assumptions in my 2017 budget. This decision will not affect our ability to attract and retain a qualified federal workforce.”
[2017 Pay Increase Update] Even in a low-inflation environment, it appears the President may leave a nice parting gift for federal workers on the GS pay scale through a 1.6% pay increase in 2017. There are still many obstacles that must be overcome to get this increase approved, and every proposed increase goes through various subcommittees, the House of Representatives, the Senate and the President. And like last year, even if the House rejects the pay raise, the president can sign an executive order overturning it.
The likely 1.6% wage increase will consist of across-the-board GS Federal wage increases and local wage adjustments. This will be clarified as details are finalised.
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Here is the latest position status of various major groups on GS 2017 salary increase:
President (Executive) – Recommends 1.6% salary increase for 2017. This will be formalized in late August based on Senate and House consideration
House of Representatives – Passed the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act of 2017 (HR 5485). This bill does not rule out wage increases (as has been done in the past), meaning the president’s proposal to raise federal wages by 1.6 percent unless a separate bill is written is likely to take effect in January.
Senate – Legislation (S. 2699) sponsored by Democratic Sen. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) proposed a 5.3% increase next year. This consists of a 3.9% increase in federal wages, plus a 1.4% increase.