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2009 Government Pay Schedule

Kyle Stone | GovCentral Editor

Employees of the government know that the process for determining next year’s pay rate schedule is a complicated one. Employees of the government also know that the rate of salary increase fluctuates from year to year.

It is impossible to predict the 2009 pay raises with 100% certainty. Nonetheless, it is very possible to make an educated guess about what pay increase can be expected. With this guide, you can compute your 2009 salary in advance.

Update: The senate recently passed a bill which would increase federal and military salaries by 3.9% in 2009. This page has been adjusted in order to calculate this percentage increase to federal wages.

General Schedule Pay Scale Guide
Need help understanding the General Schedule Pay Scale? Follow these chapters to understand why the system is in place, how 'the Man' determines your salary, and how you can make more money in your government job.

Chapter 1: The Federal Wage System: Introduction
...what is this anyway...

Chapter 2:The Federal Wage System: Overview and Facts
...what you need to know from the start...

Chapter 3: What Determines Which Grade and/or Step You Fall Under?
...why you will make the money you do...

Chapter 4: General Schedule Pay Scale Ranges
...2007 vs. 2008; Hourly Wage; Annual Salary Range...

Chapter 5: 2009 Government General Pay Schedule
...to know exactly where you stand...

Chapter 6: Frequently Asked Questions About the GS Pay Scale
...others are confused, too...

Chapter 7: Federal Salaries: How to Talk Your Way Up the Scale
...negotiate your way to a raise...

Chapter 8: Related Articles and Links
...negotiating, which city to make the most money in, etc, etc....

GovCentral’s Calculations
Update: Congress passed and the President signed legislation providing a base 3.9 percent average pay increase for gs employees in 2009. We calculated pay increases based on 2008 pay information for each of the 15 pay grades.

Keep in mind that your locality rates may not be accurately reflected in the tables below. Our estimations do take locality into account, but are not broken down into location-specific information (we will be launching this information early in 2009, so stay tuned!)

If you are an employee of the United States military, you may receive a higher pay increase than what has been calculated here, depending on the status of your performance review.

Under the NSPS pay system? See the NSPS pay increases.

What will your 2009 salary range be? Choose your pay grade from 1 to 15 below:

| GS 1 | GS 2 | GS 3 | GS 4 |
| GS 5 | GS 6 | GS 7 | GS 8 |
| GS 9 | GS 10 | GS 11 | GS 12 |
| GS 13 | GS 14 | GS 15 |

Questions about the Pay Scale system? See our Frequently Asked Questions page, or join our Pay Scale Group.


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