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2009 NSPS Salary Increases

2009 NSPS Salary Increases

Kyle Stone | GovCentral Editor

About 284,000 government employees are currently awaiting conversion to the NSPS pay system, which is expected to grow to include over 700,000 civilian employees. A significant portion of these conversions are likely to take place during the 2009 year, and we’re here to help you understand how it will effect your salary.

Compared to General Schedule pay increases, NSPS reviews are a much bigger deal. The overall boost for workers within the NSPS system is very likely to be higher than what other federal employees receive under the GS pay scale system (after performance-based bonuses are included). Moreover, the NSPS pay system only contains 2 – 4 different pay bands; this means that there’s only a few chances to rise through the pay ranks, making each performance especially crucial.

Congress passed and the President signed legislation providing a base 3.9 percent average pay increase for NSPS employees in 2009.

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2009 Calculations (By Career Group)

Standard Career Group
Scientific and Engineering
Investigative and Protective Services
Medical Career Group

The Ratings
You will receive a rating from 1 – 5. Employees are eligible to receive an increase in their base salary if they have a rating record of Level 2 (Fair) or higher.

Salary Increases

In 2008, the average NSPS payout was 5.24%, with a bonus that rounded out to about 1.8%. Combined, the average total increase to employee salary was 7.6%.

In 2009, the average base increase and average bonus payout are expected to yield a total pay increase of about 5.3 percent.

View a more detailed chart of 2008 payouts here.

Remember:
The most decisive factor in your salary increase is the result of your NSPS self-assessments, which should have been completed by September 30th, 2008. Nonetheless, the result of your assessment will be your placement into a new pay band – this article shows the salary ranges for the pay band of each vocation.

Projecting the salary increase for NSPS workers is essentially a two-step process. First, we take into account the overall amount of funding available for NSPS pay increases; second, the weight of additional compensation must be computed with respect to the rating system, which favors high-performing employees over those who do not perform exceptionally. According to an official DoD Issuance, here are the factors which contribute to the determination of payouts for employees in each pay band:

• Current salary and level and complexity of work performed in comparison with others in similar work assignments
Performance-based compensation received during the rating cycle associated with promotions, reassignments, or awards
• Local market salary levels of comparable occupations in private sector and other government activities
• Attrition and retention rates of critical shortage skill personnel
• Overall contribution to the mission of the organization
• Availability of funds.


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    mebald

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Under NSPS guidelines, promotions under NSPS are guaranteed a 6% boost in pay, and with managment approval, can go as high as 20%. I am fiercely in favor of NSPS as is rewards performance, not longevity. If you perform, you get pay increases, if you don't perform, you don't receive any additional pay. Totally fair.

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    pannie

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I do not agree with the NSPS system as it penalizes the in-service employee. I have received two evaluations under NSPS at the 5 level, so my problem is that as a YC-02 in the past as a GS-13 if I applied for a GS-14 I would get a descent raise however under NSPS you can only get a max of 5%. Most organizations will not cap you at the 5% meaning that they will get you at a bargain rather than the 14 pay that they would have to pay.

    The Pay Pool situation is another issue as the same personnel sit on the pay pool and for my installation it seems that the good ole boy system is still the same. I say incorporate some of the NSPS procedures in with the TAPES but allow for in-service personnel to still get paid what they are worth. Many personnel that I know are seeking positions with organizations that have not converted.

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    FJ911

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I have been working for the governemnt for 27 years and 25 of them were GS. NSPS is far better for those that perform as myself. I am tired of workers arounf me getting a automatic step increase for doing NOTHING. If you fear this system, then your one of the lazy no good workers I know. I was fortunate to get 6 shares this year...WHY? Because I worked my butt off and performed above everyone else. others in my shop got the normal 3. Maybe now they will jump in and pull their weight. Again, those that fear this system are those that do nothing...or think they do something....bitching doesn't count!

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    abolishnsps

    over 5 years ago

    16 comments

    To all Federal employees against the NSPS pay system:

    Make yourself heard now and write President Obama at President@whitehouse.gov . Ask the President to completely repeal the NSPS pay system.

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    abolishnsps

    over 5 years ago

    16 comments

    I would say that the GS system is much better that the NSPS system. You apparently can't see the bigger picture of this new system and how in the long run it will be detrimental to all federal employees.

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    NOVABuffalo

    over 5 years ago

    18 comments

    I have to say NSPS is better than the old system. In the old system too much was based on length in the location or position, not performance.

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    abolishnsps

    almost 6 years ago

    16 comments

    NSPS is not the Answer!

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    FederalFred

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    NSPS is more than fair to high performing employees (which we all should strive to be). Admittedly, having a rating scrutinized by a group of people you may or may not know puts the onus on your supervisor to clearly articulate your achievements, which can be rather scary if your boss doesn't write well. However, high performers do fare better than (GS) average under this system. We need to invigorate the old TAPES system somehow, and a system like NSPS may just be the answer.

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    divotf15

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    The biggest comment is that your rating is based on how they want to distribute the paypool. I switched jobs, and my old supervisor had to do an early eval on me. He recommended a 5....one of only 3 on the whole base. All that went to my new base pay pool and the pay pool manager decided that I shouldn't be a 5, but a low 3 because i just got here and that they didn't like to give out high ratings, indicating that my previous employer was inflating the system. What a messed up system. I don't care if they don't give me the money. Find a way to pay me the 2 shares, but leave the overall rating at a 5 like I deserved. Absolutely ridiculous for someone who has never met you to be able to change your rating of record to suit their budget and idea of fairness.

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    PerformancePlus

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I am sorry but I have to apologize to some that might take what I have to say as harsh. I have worked for the government as a contractor for 10 years and now as a DoD Civilian for 4 years. During my time around the government I have seen with the GS system so much corruption it has made me sick. I being in an Information Technology field work by performance for if my performance fails the job fails. I am GS and have requested many times to be moved to NSPS for the fact that at least in NSPS I feel as though I will get a fair shake on my "performance" where as in the current system everyone around me get the same rating no matter how little work these people do! That is all I see. Most of the people I work around tout that "I deserve this job for what I did for this country" like the government is supposed to keep paying them for their service no matter how small or great it was. Now I have great appreciation for those that have put their lives in harm's way but to actually feel as if the government owes them is ridiculous. If the supervisor fails to do his/her job in the GS system (evaluation) the employee benefits by getting the highest scoring, and the supervisor does not get in any trouble for this. My supervisor has never given my any of my evaluations until the latest possible time and he says to me "You're a superstar so it really doesn't matter that we didn't do your eval earlier as you would get the same rating" this is preposterous at least with the NSPS automated system the supervisor is monitored and required to get data into the system, now if they made that happen with the GS system that would be great but I still see so much corruption in the GS system people getting "new jobs" a promotion from an 11 to 12 or 12 to 13 and such without any change to the work load or duties even though it is a new job. I am proud of the work that I do for my Government in support of our troops but more and more I get frustrated that I almost want to go back to work for the commercial sector to contract to the government to make 4 times my salary. The fact that we have to pay people so much to do the work that I do is due to the fact that it is so hard to hire people to do the job. Then we get to the people that don't work at all unless it is on overtime and even then it is not at 50% of their potential. Not to rant then I see WG supervisors out mowing lawns for overtime wages and getting a kick out of the government paying them $70.00 an hour to mow grass on a riding lawn mower!

    I pray that the government isn't this corrupt everywhere else.

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    abolishnsps

    almost 6 years ago

    16 comments

    Why would anyone ever want to apply for a government job under the NSPS? You wouldn't! You have a better chance of making more in the public sector.

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    abolishnsps

    almost 6 years ago

    16 comments

    We can't stand idle while big wigs, heads of departments etc. get 10K in raises, 5K raises, 4K raises and all the other employees underneath get very little and in some cases nothing at all. This is not right! This system allows everyone in the "boys and girls" club to get more money in raises and the rest get nothing at all. No matter how hard you work, there are employee that will never get the raise they should get because of the corruption in these departments and in the system. Make yourself heard and do something about it!

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    abolishnsps

    almost 6 years ago

    16 comments

    On January 21th, please write President Obama and ask him to use his executive order to abolish the NSPS in his first days in office. You can email him at President@whitehouse.gov or you may write to The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20500. Sound our voice. If we all to this, we will be heard.

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    AnalystAtHeart

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    An analysis (since I are an analyst):

    CAVEAT: This only addresses base salary, not locality pay so that it is a fair comparison that all GS and NSPS employees can do.

    Last year's base pay: $92,409.00
    Equivalent on the GS scale: GS-14 Step 5 @ $91905

    This year's base pay: $94,017.00
    Equivalent on the GS scale: GS-14 Step 4 @ $91791
    Required base pay parity with 2009 GS-14 Step 5 @ $94573- apparently equal work no longer equals equal pay.

    Based on a 4 of 5 rating under NSPS, we are not keeping up with our peers under the general schedule who are merely "fully successful"

    Summary- a merit principle reduction in grade despite an above average performance rating.

    Conclusion- NSPS is a hose job, since above average performance doesn't even net the GS base salary increase. Not such a big deal at my princely salary, but how are the 1's and 2's doing?

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    seacat

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I just received my NSPS raise notification. Since we have been on the new system for some years I am familiar with the formula. However, this time they didn't break it down the same way. There was only one amount, no formula breakdown. When I inquired they said they just lumped it all into the base pay. Has anyone else encountered this?

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