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2010 General Schedule Pay Scale

Chris McConnell | GovCentral

Federal employees can typically expect a small annual pay-increase, though the amount is different year-to-year. While the debate over how big or small the increase is depends on the whims of Congress, federal employees are left waiting.

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Thankfully, GovCentral’s crack team of mathematicians have been toiling in the depths of excel spreadsheets to project what the 2010 General Schedule (GS) pay scale will most likely be. These are educated extrapolations based on current information and data, but are subject to change once the fiscal year 2010 budget is signed by President Obama.

Pay-increase proposal timeline

March
President Obama proposed a 2 percent raise for federal employees
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July
In early July, the House Appropriations Committee approved their version of the budget, keeping the 2 percent raise in tact.

On July 9, the Senate approved a 2.9 percent raise for civilian employees as well as a 3.4 percent increase for military service members.

December
Congressional negotiators closed a deal Tuesday night that includes a 2.0 percent federal employee pay adjustment, which includes a 1.5 percent nationwide increase in base pay and a 0.5 percent average increase in locality pay. Congress is expected to pass the pay raise and Omnibus spending bill on Friday.

In late November, President Obama announced a 2.0 percent increase in base pay with no adjustment in locality pay. With Congress splitting the 2 percent across base and locality pay, federal employees are expected to receive a nominal increase overall. This is due to the fact that locality pay percentage becomes a multiplier of sorts.

On December 23, President Obama issues an executive order implementing the 2010 pay raise.

Find the pay locality in your area at GovCentral’s Pay Scale Channel ATLANTA-SANDY SPRINGS-GAINESVILLE, GA-AL
BOSTON-WORCESTER-MANCHESTER, MA-NH-RI-ME
BUFFALO-NIAGARA-CATTARAUGUS, NY
CHICAGO-NAPERVILLE-MICHIGAN CITY, IL-IN-WI
CINCINNATI-MIDDLETOWN-WILMINGTON, OH-KY-IN
CLEVELAND-AKRON-ELYRIA, OH
COLUMBUS-MARION-CHILLICOTHE, OH
DALLAS-FORT WORTH, TX
DAYTON-SPRINGFIELD-GREENVILLE, OH
DENVER-AURORA-BOULDER, CO
DETROIT-WARREN-FLINT, MI
HARTFORD-WEST HARTFORD-WILLIMANTIC, CT-MA
HOUSTON-BAYTOWN-HUNTSVILLE, TX
HUNTSVILLE-DECATUR, AL
INDIANAPOLIS-ANDERSON-COLUMBUS, IN
LOS ANGELES-LONG BEACH-RIVERSIDE, CA
MIAMI-FORT LAUDERDALE-POMPANO BEACH, FL
MILWAUKEE-RACINE-WAUKESHA, WI
MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL-ST. CLOUD, MN-WI
NEW YORK-NEWARK-BRIDGEPORT, NY-NJ-CT-PA
PHILADELPHIA-CAMDEN-VINELAND, PA-NJ-DE-MD
PHOENIX-MESA-SCOTTSDALE, AZ
PITTSBURGH-NEW CASTLE, PA
PORTLAND-VANCOUVER-BEAVERTON, OR-WA
RALEIGH-DURHAM-CARY, NC
RICHMOND, VA
SACRAMENTOARDEN-ARCADEYUBA CITY, CA-NV
SAN DIEGO-CARLSBAD-SAN MARCOS, CA
SAN JOSE-SAN FRANCISCO-OAKLAND, CA
SEATTLE-TACOMA-OLYMPIA, WA
WASHINGTON-BALTIMORE-NORTHERN VIRGINIA, DC-MD-VA-WV-PA
REST OF U.S. Below is the projected increase for 2010 for the General Schedule. Salary Table 2010-Gs


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    CollegeGrad

    over 4 years ago

    8 comments

    thopjen77 - I have found that unless you are a high ranking officer, you can move easily into an SES position. However, if you are enlisted, good luck finding a nice spot to start at on the GS scale. Your best bet would be to just apply for everything you can and hopefully you will get plenty of interviews in the range you are looking for.

    I am a veteran, military spouse, current federal employee and it's even hard for me to get interviews. I have applied to almost 50 jobs that I felt I was qualified for. Guess how many interviews I've been on.....2. This goes to show that it's getting tougher to get in, or even move around when you are in the system. It gets discouraging but I'm not giving up. The same should go for you. Get in where you can and take it from there. A friend once told me, "Do what you do, until you get where you're going."

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    junjun2000

    over 4 years ago

    6 comments

    To answer your questions, veterans get 5 points for employement in the government and as a disable vet you get 10 points, but as an employee, if you decide to attend college on your own as a full time student, the VA will not allow you to take anytime off for your schooling such as leave wthout pay, as I was told by my manager we do not support employees going to school that must be done on your own time, the VA does not support employees going to school on VA time at all. If you think this something I am doing because ill will on my part, please check regulations there is no real mention of employee getting there education. that there is no mention of employees that attend college ony if your going to school to become a nurse then they will go out of there why to help even as far as to pay your full salary while you attend school. as far as I know with my past experiences the VA is the worst federal agency to work for. again in my experience I have 30 years with the government in one form or another.

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    okeefepat

    over 4 years ago

    4 comments

    Can you move up a step or two based on your foreign language skills?

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    thopjen77

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    How does military service factor into where a person would be in the GS scale?

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    megster

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    JunJun- Is it possible that your facility is just out of funding for education this fiscal year? I know that has been the case in many places. New budgets roll over out in october, make sure to have an IDP on file with your manager and talk to your manager and education department after Oct 1. In the mean time there is a ton of available options for free online training. I know my VA facility uses LMS, but I understand that different facilities use different programs, but all of them have something available. Check in the same location that you do your yearly mandatory training.
    As for being a disabled vet - jmurrow is exactly right, it is not held against you at all, in fact you get hiring preference but you still have to qualify for the job through you KSA's and resume.

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    jmurrow79

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    What do you mean that the 'VA no longer supports education.'? From my experience and understanding a Veteran, in your case I'm assuming you may qualify as a 15pt Vet, if qualified for the position in question cannot be passed over (the qualified Vet would block the cert not allowing other non-vet candidates to be selected. If I were you I would go and talk with your HR department. I worked in Human Resources for 12 years with the Indian Health Service and it ounds like your manager is misinformed. Best bet is to contact your HR Dept.

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    junjun2000

    over 4 years ago

    6 comments

    Not a comment but a question, I am a nursing assist in the VA, GS-05 step 3, I am also a disable Veteran. Why is it that being a diable Vet is held against me for education and job advancement ? I was told that the VA no long supports education. I have the e-mails from my manager telling me so.

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    drjes3

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    sfyer01 - in some locations there is an adjustment to the base due to cost to live there (but I doubt it would double the base pay)

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    sfryer01

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I have some college and want a government job but can't afford the pay cut. I can easily double a GS-11.

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    NitaG

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    GS 6 is 6 months of grad education....this is wrong

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