2014 Federal Employee GS Pay Chart Following 1% Raise


[Updated for 2014 GS Pay Raise] Following the budget deal, President Obama issued an executive order approving a 1% pay increase in 2014 for federal employees who are paid under the General Schedule (GS) system. This is the first increase in three years. After years of congressional wrangling the increase was been endorsed for 2014. The updated 2014 GS Pay table is show below and takes effect from January 1st. Locality pay will remain at 2013 levels.

2014 GS Pay Scale

The following official statement was released on the 2014 pay raise:

“This modest adjustment reflects the tight budget constraints we now face, while also recognizing the critical role these civilian employees play in our country – doing everything from assuring the safety of our food and airways, to securing our borders, to providing health care to veterans, to searching for cures to diseases. It also recognizes the sacrifices they have already made through pay freezes, reductions in benefits, and furloughs due to sequestration this year.”

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[Updated - No 2013 GS pay rise] Well it looks the 2013 GS pay raise debate has finally been resolved with the President signing a new/updated executive order that continued the freeze on GS pay scales for federal civilian employees. This was after a 0.5% raise was initially approved, that has now been superseded with the latest executive order. The final 2013 pay table is shown below.

The latest executive order (issued March 26, 2013) also stated that any increase in pay schedules should not be made until after December 31, 2013. Which means that federal employees can expect no potential pay raises this year unless they get a promotion or within grade step increase.

2013 GS Pay Table - No Raise from 2012


[Updated Jan 2013] President Obama issue an executive order providing a 0.5% pay raise for employees on the Federal GS pay scale. The pay raise will take effect on March 27, 2013 when the latest budget freeze is lifted.

But the pay raise may still be blocked by Congress who passed a bill in the Republican controlled House (sponsored by Republican legislators Michael G. Fitzpatrick and Darrell Issa) that seeks to continue the GS pay freeze for over 2 million federal employees through the end of fiscal 2013. Their argument is based on the fact federal employees have continued to receive promotions and within-grade pay increases over the past few years of the supposed ‘pay freeze,’ and voluntary separations from the federal government are near all-time low.


[Updated Nov 2012] President Obama has gone along with Congress and signed a six-month government spending measure (continuing resolution), that means an extended pay freeze for federal employees and members of Congress; who will not see a pay rise or salary bump until April 2013 at the earliest. Per the earlier update below, President Obama had recommended a 0.5% pay raise for federal workers in 2013, conditional on Congress passing a budget. This did not happen amidst a deeply divided and partisan Congress and so the continuing resolution, to prevent a government shutdown, was enacted to fund services at current levels – which meant the multi-year GS pay freeze being extended. Individual employees on the GS scale still remain eligible for raises if they receive promotions, step increases or performance awards.


[Updated July 2013] In contrast to President Obama’s budget which included a 0.5% Federal employee (GS) pay raise in 2013, Congress has elected to exclude any federal pay raise provisions for next year from its annual government appropriation bills. The GS pay scale covers all federal workers, including civilian Defense Department employees, but does not apply to military personnel, government contractors, postal workers, members of Congress, Congressional staffers, or federal court judges and workers.

The House Appropriations Committee, responsible for drafting the house federal budget proposal, advanced legislation via the Financial Services and General Government spending bill  that does not contain a pay raise for federal workers in 2013. The Senate’s version of the annual appropriations legislation also omitted provisions for federal pay raises in 2013.

Following two years of pay freezes, many federal and state employees on the GS pay scale will be bitterly disappointed with another year of pay constraints. However critics of further government spending have said extending the current pay freeze is the most prudent course of action, as the government tackles mounting debt, a presidential election and a tough economy.

“For a bill that is largely comprised of salaries and expenses for numerous federal agencies, this allocation, if enacted into law, would result in a substantial reduction in services to the public, severely hinder many very basic functions of government and cause furloughs, layoffs and vacancies at a time when employment remains the nation’s top concern,” said committee ranking member Rep. Norman Dicks (D-Wash.).

“We get these false statements that federal employees are making more money than the private sector…..I don’t know what federal employees they’re talking about. I know the ones in my office aren’t.”said Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking member on the Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

A 2013 Pay Raise Still Possible

Despite the lack of provisions for a 2013 GS pay raise in both the House and Senate bills, federal workers may still get a pay hike in 2013. The president has the authority to determine a raise based on the Employment Cost Index if Congress fails to explicitly block a pay raise. Further a pay raise can also be proposed in other bills, which are funded differently. No such bills are currently active in Congress, but could be proposed before the final raise (or lack thereof) is set in stone at the end of September 2012.

If GS levels remain unchanged, then the only way for a 2013 pay rise is a step increase or promotion to a higher GS grade level.

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DICK HILL February 27, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Ms. Levine and Marcus Phillips (you are both wrong). I know for a fact that at least 70% of federal employees are over paid for what most of them accomplish daily. I spent 16 years busting my butt while watching a hell of a lot of others sit back, tell jokes, get fat and draw a FAT FAT FAT paycheck. In addition, the active duty military pay is about 160% today more then it was 25 years ago. I think both could take a 20% pay cut and still make out like a bandit.


Dee February 14, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Ignorance is Bliss Kramer and Levine., you ought to read more, and stop hating! jealous losers!


Mike February 13, 2013 at 8:27 am

Amazing how you can just pull numbers out of the air…
I put myself through college. Got my degree. Worked in industry. Then came 9/11. I was in the National Guard. One of our units had a need for someone with my background and education to fill a civilian position. I applied and was hired. I took a pay cut – still make less than if I had stayed and it’s more than a decade later. I contribute to my retirement – both to a “401 K” AND by paying Social Security and Medicare taxes – all of which goes to others. I pay out of pocket for health insurance. Fortunately, it’s just for me – my wife’s company insures her and our children for 1/2 what it would cost for me to insure the whole family. I am at work by 7:00 a.m. daily and, if I am REALLY lucky, I can get out of the office by 5:30. I am required to wear my military uniform to work – which I like. Did I mention my job takes me on the road an average of 12-16 days each month? My job is there because Congress will not authorize additional Active Guard and Reserve positions in these Units – there are only three in my Unit and I am at a remote location. My job? Readiness, Training, Supply, Medical, Personnel Management/Administration, Safety Officer, Securiity Officer, HAZMAT Manager – I could go on. I once sat down with a list of all the things I am responsible for, and if I did all those jobs out in the civilian sector, I WOULD be making six figures. As it is, I make half that.
I really have no doubt that if you run the numbers the average for gov employees may be a bit high – especially when you consider that gov organizations like NASA probably pay their engineers top dollar to work there. But if you break it down by position and responsibilities – it doesn’t compute. It’s a useless statistsort of like saying 100% of all people who eat tomatoes will die. It’s true, but there are details missing.


Wiseguy90! February 14, 2013 at 4:43 am

I (with considerably less verbage) second that statement. I’ve been employeed with the VA for almost 10 yrs. I took over a $10,000 hit when I did, but with the health insur. It’s probably a wash. It’s true with all the added responsibilities, some govt.employees are doing the work of 2-3
Jobs. Certainly not all Govt employees do the jobs of 2-3 people, there is fat , but I think much less than decades previous. All I can speak to is the field I’m experienced in (25+yrs) ,The medical field is seeing huge increases (patients) due to $$$ health costs in civilian sectors so more and more veterans turn to VA for care, so with many vacancies unfilled, and no COLA increases, no pay raises etc… And congress is exempt, no pay freeze there….it doesn’t compute.


Gilbert January 17, 2013 at 2:32 pm

I need to need if the Locality Adjustment will go up or stay the same.?


Andy (Author) January 17, 2013 at 3:19 pm

At this stage it looks like they will the same. You can see this article – http://www.savingtoinvest.com/2011/01/2011-locality-pay-rates-general-schedule-gs-pay-table-adjustments.html – for news on 2013 locality pay changes.


Madeleine Levine January 16, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Federal workers are paid twice the private employees, receive three times the benefits, Dental, Optical. The retire in their 50′s, work 9:00 to 3:30, receive step-increases yearly, average salary over $90,000. Federal workers owe $billions to IRS because they will not pay payroll taxes. Federal workers received $450 million in bonuses last year – hundreds of them for over $40,000. Federal workers are lazy and immoral stealing from a real retirement Trust – Social Security – to pay for millionaire Congressmen. Average Congressman has $ 3 l/2 million net worth but continues to rob the Pension trust of middle-class (average disposable income $33,000) to wallow in filth with his Federal brethrens who contribute virtually nothing.. Average Social Security recipient receives $1,000 month and received filthy l.7% cola which is applicable only to people with “earned benefits”. Means test glutton Congress and term limits, Federal employees should also be means tested and pay for their own Cadillac benefits and retire at 65. I don’t want to be supporting this disgusting bunch for 30 to 40 years.


Barbara January 24, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Amazing how ignorant some people are. There are those little people who are the worker bees -who come in early and work late just to make $1,266.00 more than last year. So yes, got a step increase, but what does it mean to get an extra $1,266.00 added to $37,983. After taxes and paying health insurance for the family ($525.00 monthly, $6,300.00 yearly) leaves about 25K to pay the increasing cost of food, gas, living expenses and oh ya, the extra money the college child needs while attending college. Today in a 2 income family – one governement and one private sector – what happens when the private sector says we are moving our company to Germany which leaves one (1) government worker hoping for and praying for a raise just to be able to make ends meet. It is amazing to see ignorant people put “ALL” governement worker in the same pot and write “and” think that government workers do not need a raise. This shows not only ignorance, but how out of touch with the real world some people can be. The majority of government workers are just regular people doing an honest days work and trying to make it one day, one hour, and one minute at a time.


Marcus Phillips January 31, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Ms. Levine, where are you getting your numbers from? Average salary for a federal employee is WAY below $90,000. We PAY for the benefits, which take a nice chunk from my paycheck. I barely break $35,000 a year and that’s not counting my 4 kids yet. I drive a 10 year old car, never owned a Cadillac or anything of the sort. By the way, I work a part time job in the private sector just to make ends meet. There are government contractors that make more than I do.


roanokerosie March 2, 2013 at 6:09 am

Madeleine Levin, you are extremely uninformed. I am a federal employee and my agency hasn’t given step increases in a few years. My agency has never given bonuses. I make less than half of what you state is the average salary. There is no way I could retire in my 50′s (I’m 55 now). The most outrageous part of your rambling was that federal workers don’t pay payroll tax. Are you crazy or just stupid?????? To label all federal workers as lazy and immoral is highly offensive. Before you call us all a “disgusting bunch,” come work my job for a week or two. I have no doubt that you couldn’t handle it.


JohnDavid March 6, 2013 at 11:51 am

This has got to be a “Trolling” statement. If not, Madeleine Levine is an ill informed moron that knows nothing about the average federal government worker. $40,000 bonuses, wow, I wish. Maybe in the high levels of SES are folks making pretty good money. But those are few, like generals in the military (or politicians). I could go on for a while here, but why waste my time on stupid people.


Darwin August 8, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Oh and one more thing, it’s interesting that Congress people are not covered by this bill. They will probably get a raise though for all the “hard work” they do.


Darwin August 8, 2012 at 8:38 pm

No raise folks. It is more that Obama will throw federal workers under the bus since he knows most of them will vote Democrat no matter what (lesser of the two evils). The official justification will be the government’s budget crisis.


Babs Anthony August 8, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Tell that to the FBI agent who rescues your kidnapped child or thwarts a terrorist attack.


Kramer August 8, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Government employees don’t deserve a pay rise. They are overpaid for what little they do anyway. If they want more money get a real job in the private sector.


gail August 8, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Tell that to your IRS tax agent the next time you get audited.


USA August 11, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Ignorance is power. (read: you’re an idiot, Kramer)


Lashon September 18, 2012 at 12:30 am

I bust my tail everyday working 9-10 hours daily. So to say we are overpaid for the little we do: is not only an ignorant statement but someone who is bitter because you don’t have a government job.


Mike October 16, 2012 at 2:02 pm

I worked in a private sector and now in government for 13 years. It was not too bad in the beginning and now I am working weekends, late hours (maybe because I am in IT). Our project manages handling 4-5 different projects. Regarding overpay for government employees, I wouldn’t be so quick. Our contractors’ salary is more than what I receive.


Hard Working Federal Employee December 31, 2012 at 11:58 am

You can say that we are over paid but do you really know that? I come to work 45 mins early everyday and put in my full day to get my job done. We have families and deserve an increase just like others. Think before you respond.


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