2010 Government Pay Schedule
GovCentral Salary Experts | Kyle Stone and Currin Berdine
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.
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
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.
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.
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Below is the projected increase for 2010 for the General Schedule.