Please wait...


Pay Grade

Pay Grade The U.S. General Schedules pays employees on a sliding scale which is determined by their earnings, salaries, and the location they reside. The USGSA covers a wide variety of jobs, such as lawyers, nurses, teachers, doctors as well as mortgage brokers and loan officers accountants and financial managers, public officials, contract workers utility workers, freight drivers and many other public servants. The General Schedule describes these jobs as well as the qualifications required for them. You can also find specialized schedules which cover qualifications for workers working in underground mines and nuclear weapons storage facilities. This is another area where detailed information must be provided in order to make sure that the workers are compliant with labor laws.

Pay Grade

All employees must be paid in accordance with the timetable. That means no federal raise is allowed to an employee who isn’t covered under the General Schedule. The General Schedule lists the wages and salaries for full-time workers and part-time workers. Federal pay raises are only offered to full-time workers. Part-time workers do not receive a federal pay raise unless they elect to have a one-time federal pay raise after reaching the 50th birthday. Part-time employees cannot request a federal salary raise in the event that they wish to be paid as full-time workers.

Pay Grade

An employee’s pay grade is determined by a variety of factors. The pay grade for GS is calculated from the number years (not counting current year) which an employee worked in his chosen field and the number earned pay grades during this time. Thus, if you are currently working as a paralegal, and you are approaching the retirement age, you will be eligible to receive gs pay grade of B. If you have been employed as a paralegal for at least five consecutive years and you have reached the highest pay scale for your job, you can be qualified to receive gs rank A. Federal employees with five or more years of experience who are not promoted, they may be eligible to receive gs Pay Grade C.

It is important that you be aware that the formulas used in calculating the pay grades are confidential. They are available only to the specific federal offices. The GS payscale system is comprised of several steps. However they all use the same process in various offices. Federal employees are able to assess their salary with the pay table base, or the Special Rates Bonus table (SARB). Most organizations using these tables will perform this.

Federal employees can be awarded a one time bonus through the Special Rates Bonus program (SARB). It is calculated by the difference between their annual base pay and the rate at which they are offered. The bonus could be substantial enough to offset any potential increase in salary. An employee can only be eligible for this rate if they have worked for the government for a minimum of one year. They also need to be employed by an agency of the federal government. The SARB bonus will also only apply to new federal hires and must be directly added to the federal employee’s paycheck. It is crucial to understand the SARB bonus will not apply to the accrued benefits of vacation or other benefits that accrue over time.

Federal agencies can make use of two sets of GS pay scale tables. Both tables are utilized to adjust federal employees’ salaries regularly. The difference between both sets of tables is that one contains adjustments for the year that go more in certain instances, while the other only is applicable to the initial years of the compensation scale. Executive Order 13 USC sections 3 and 5 can also be used in certain cases.

To fully reap the benefits offered by the federal government in providing better pay for federal employees, it is important that you are familiar with their local pay tables. locality pay adjustment is utilized to set the standard for compensation rates for government employees who reside in certain areas. There are three levels in the federal government’s local pay chart. These are the base rate (or regional adjustment) and specialized local pay adjustment. Federal government employees who belong to the first level (base) of the locality pay adjustment are paid according to the average wage of all people who reside in the same general region as the individual. Wage adjustments are made to those who are in the second (regional) level of locality compensation. These adjustments are less than the base rates for their state and region.

Specialized locality compensations are available to medical professionals who are less than well-paid in their region. Medical professionals who work in the same location have the right to a higher wage under this type of adjustment. The third level of adjusted rate offers GS salary increases for employees working in different areas but not within the state. A medical specialist working in Orange County and San Diego could be eligible for an adjustment rate hike of 2 percent for the California region as well as 2 percent in San Diego.