The Washington area will get some relief from its recession blues next month when a 4.1 percent raise kicks in for more than 300,000 federal workers here. It will boost the average government salary (not counting officials) to more than $38,000.

About 8,000 government executives will also get raises of 18 to 25 percent. House members will get a 25 percent raise. And more than 250,000 federal, military and Social Security retirees here will get a 5.4 percent cost-of-living adjustment.

Here is the official 1991 pay scale for regular federal workers:

Grade 1: $11,015; $11,383; $11,749; $12,114; $12,482; $12,697; $13,058; $13,422; $13,439; $13,776.

Grade 2: $12,385; $12,679; $13,090; $13,439; $13,590; $13,990; $14,390; $14,790; $15,190; $15,590.

Grade 3: $13,515; $13,966; $14,417; $14,868; $15,319; $15,770; $16,221; $16,672; $17,123; $17,574.

Grade 4: $15,171; $15,677; $16,183; $16,689; $17,195; $17,701; $18,207; $18,713; $19,219; $19,725.

Grade 5: $16,973; $17,539; $18,105; $18,671; $19,237; $19,803; $20,369; $20,935; $21,501; $22,067.

Grade 6: $18,919; $19,550; $20,181; $20,812; $21,443; $22,074; $22,705; $23,336; $23,967; $24,598.

Grade 7: $21,023; $21,724; $22,425; $23,126; $23,827; $24,528; $25,229; $25,930; $26,631; $27,332.

Grade 8: $23,284; $24,060; 24,836; $25,612; $26,388; $27,164; $27,940; $28,716; $29,492; $30,268.

Grade 9: $25,717; $26,574; $27,431; $28,288; $29,145; $30,002; $30,859; $31,716; $32,573,; $33,430.

Grade 10: $28,322; $29,266; $30,210; $31,154; $32,098; $33,042; $33,986; $34,930; $35,874; $36,818.

Grade 11: $31,116; $32,153; $33,190; $34,227; $35,264; $36,301; $37,338; $38,375; $39,412; $40,449.

Grade 12: $37,294; $38,537; $39,780; $41,023; $42,266; $43,509; $44,752; $45,995; $47,238; $48,481.

Grade 13: $44,348; $45,826, $47,304; $48,782; $50,260; $51,738; $53,216; $54,694; $56,172; $57,650.

Grade 14: $52,406; $54,153; $55,900; $57,647; $59,394; $61,141; $62,888; $64,635; $66,382; $68,129.

Grade 15: $61,643; $63,698; $65,753; $67,808; $69,863; $71,918; $73,973; $76,028; $78,083; $80,138.

Grade 16: $72,298; $74,708; $77,118; $79,528; $81,396; $82,697; $85,060; $87,424; $89,787.

Grade 17: $83,032; $85,800; $88,568, $91,336; $94,104.

Grade 18: $97,317.

Senior Executive Service: ES 1: $87,000; ES 2: $91,200; ES 3: $95,300; ES 4: $100,500; ES 5: $104,600; ES 6: $108,300.

Executive Schedule: Level 1: $138,900; Level 2: $125,100; Level 3: $115,300; Level 4: $108,300; Level 5: $101,300. People

Harry Ways, chief of the Washington Aqueduct Division, is retiring in January after 41 years of service. He has run the operation that supplies drinking water to Washington and Arlington County. It's Holiday Time

I'm taking some time off, and will be back in this space after New Year's. Happy holidays!