Despite a series of mini-shutdowns that federal workers have had to endure, the Washington area is in for a big dose of green (as in money) in January. The raise will push the average white- collar federal salary here over $38,000 per year. The raise rundown:
About 1.5 million white-collar U.S. workers, including about 350,000 here and in Baltimore, are due a 4.1 percent January raise. The same will go to military personnel, including 65,000 based here. The federal raise is part of the Treasury, Postal Service appropriation bill the president has promised to sign even though he had requested that the raise be held to 3.5 percent.
Federal retirees -- including about 100,000 here -- will get a 5.4 percent cost-of-living adjustment in January. That raise, which also goes to military retirees and Social Security beneficiaries, is automatic.
Congressional pay will rise 25 percent, to $125,000 a year, in January. The raises are automatic unless repealed by Congress.
Members of the Senior Executive Service and people in levels three, four and five of the Executive Schedule will get raises in January. The new SES range will be $87,000 to $108,300. The new Executive Schedule range will be $101,300 to $138,900. Raises for both groups require an executive order, which the president is expected to issue in December. The raises for the Executive Schedule will allow raises for top-grade civil servants to go into effect.
Here are the new 1991 salary scales for regular white-collar federal workers:
Grade 1 salaries will range from $11,015 to $13,776; GS 2, $12,385-$15,590; GS 3, $13,515-$17,574; GS 4, $15,171-$19,725; GS 5, $16,973-$22,067; GS 6, $18,919-$24,598. GS 7, $21,023-$27,332; GS 8, $23,284-$30,268; GS 9, $25,717-$33,430; GS 10, $28,322-$36,818; GS 11, $31,116-$40,449; GS 12, $37,294-$48,481; GS 13, $44,348-$57,650; GS 14, $52,406-$68,129; GS 15, $61,643-$80,138; GS 16, $72,298-$89,787; GS 17, $83,032-$94,104; GS 18, $97,317. D.C. Early-Out
About 3,600 D.C. government workers under the old Civil Service Retirement System are eligible to take early retirements just approved by the Office of Personnel Management. It allows them to retire with immediate pensions if they are age 50 with 20 years of service or at any age with 25 years' service. Pension benefits are reduced 2 percent for each year the retiree is under age 55.
The early-out runs Oct. 26 through March 31. Many workers are expected to take it quickly to qualify for the lump-sum benefit option that expires Nov. 30. About one in every six federal workers offered early retirement takes it. Job Mart
Selective Service is looking for a Grade 5/6 secretary (typing) and a GS 13 support services supervisor. Call 202-724-0435. Meetings
Dave McConnell, WTOP's congressional correspondent, will speak at the Nov. 14 Classification and Compensation Society lunch at the Capitol Holiday Inn. Call 202-267-8056.