Step increase breakdown for federal workers

Wednesday, December 8, 2010; 1:03 AM

Bad news, good news

Income for many federal employees would continue to grow under President Obama's proposal to freeze their pay, because that plan would not affect longevity raises knows as step increases. Step increases are paid, except to poor performers, every one to three years, depending on salary system and step level. In addition, employees would remain eligible for promotions that bring pay raises, as well as for various types of awards and incentive payments that don't count as basic salary.

Wage and grade

$51,216 pay (national average) in 2010

$53,265 in 2011 with step increase

$54,010 in 2011 with step increase and 1.4 percent increase

GS-5, step 7

$40,887 pay in 2010

$42,022 in 2011 with step increase

$42,610 in 2011 with step increase and 1.4 percent increase

GS-9, step 1

$51,630 pay in 2010

$53,350 in 2011 with step increase

$54,097 in 2011 with step increase and 1.4 percent increase

GS-14, step 4

$115,731 pay in 2010

$119,238 in 2011 with step increase only

$120,907 in 2011 with step increase and 1.4 percent increase

Note: GS rates shown are those paid in the Washington-Baltimore area. Because GS raises vary by locality, employees in this area probably would have received a raise larger than the 1.4 percent average figure that the White House originally proposed, potentially of about 2 percent. Wage grade raises are determined separately and are capped at local GS increases.

Office of Personnel Management



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