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555. Paid Full-Time Federal Civilian Employment, all Areas

[As of March 31. Excludes employees of Congress and Federal courts, maritime seamen of Dept. of Commerce, and small number for whom rates were not reported. See text, section 10, and summary below table for explanation of general schedule and wage system]

 
Employees (1,000) Employees (1,000) Employees (1,000) Employees (1,000) Average Pay ($1000) Average Pay ($1000) Average Pay ($1000)
Compensation
Authority 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
 
    Total 1,971 1,968 1,972 1,952 1,959 2,004 2,010 1,992 2,014 2,016 2,697 2,665 2,776 2,709 2,681 2,620 2,564 2,506 2,490 2,483 19,447 21,115 22,839 24,074 25,211 26,139 26,369 27,429 28,211 29,618 31,174 33,340 39,129 (NA) 42,195 43,873 (NA) 47,569
 
General Schedule 1,402 1,395 1,400 1,393 1,407 1,450 1,462 1,458 1,480 1,494 1,506 1,499 1,537 1,520 1,479 1,417 1,381 1,290 1,258 1,234 19,910 21,833 22,974 24,178 25,282 26,186 26,274 27,421 28,114 29,655 31,239 33,288 39,070 40,568 42,139 43,239 44,824 46,744
Wage System 456 446 449 430 420 418 409 391 383 374 369 328 328 315 290 269 252 237 222 214 17,970 19,557 20,550 21,500 22,393 23,288 23,837 24,432 24,965 25,462 26,565 27,543 31,299 32,084 32,976 33,834 34,763 35,767
Postal pay system 1 (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) 661 651 725 692 729 753 761 792 792 798 (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) 29,264 30,477 33,592 33,665 33,952 35,069 35,670 36,413
Other 113 127 123 129 132 136 139 143 151 148 161 187 186 182 183 181 170 214 218 237 24,825 26,777 29,627 31,544 33,453 34,413 34,814 36,859 37,393 39,764 41,149 43,926 51,996 53,839 56,298 58,782 60,678 62,519



NA Not available. 1 Source: Employees--U.S. Postal Service, Annual Report of the Postmaster General. Average pay--U.S. Postal Service, Comprehensive Statement of Postal Operations, annual

Source: Except as noted, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Pay Structure of the Federal Civil Service, annual.

http://www.opm.gov/feddata/html/paystr.htm The three statutory pay systems for Federal white-collar employees are those for the General Schedule, the Foreign Service, and certain employees in the Veterans Health Administration in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Salaries under these systems are established by subchapter I of chapter 53 of title 5, United States Code.

The General Schedule pay system, as set forth in subchapter III of chapter 53 of title 5, United States Code, covers, with specific exemptions, most "white-collar" positions in the executive branch and in certain agencies of the legislative branch of the Federal Government. The General Schedule consists of 15 grades, each broadly defined in law in terms of difficulty and responsibility of the work and the qualifications required for its performance. A salary range of 10 steps is provided for each grade. Within-grade advancement is scheduled after each 52 weeks of service in the first three steps in a grade, after 104 weeks in steps 4, 5, and 6, and after 156 weeks in steps 7, 8, and 9. To qualify for advancement to the next higher step an employee must demonstrate work at an acceptable level of competence. Employees demonstrating "high quality performance" may advance more rapidly through the rate range for their grades by being granted additional step increases, called "quality step increases." An employee may receive only one such increase, however, during any 52-week period.

Foreign Service pay plans and salary schedules for Officers (pay plan FO) and Personnel (FP) were established under the Foreign Service Act of 1980. Other Foreign Service pay plans which are linked to Federal pay schedules are Ambassadors (FA), linked to the Executive Schedule, and Senior Foreign Service (FE), linked to the Senior Executive Service. The Veterans Health Administration in the Department of Veterans Affairs provides unique pay plans for their physicians and dentists (VM), and podiatrists and optometrists (VP). Other Major Pay Systems

The Wage Systems category, presented in this report, covers employees in pay plans covered only by the Federal Wage System (FWS), the major pay system covering trade, craft, and labor occupations in the Federal Government. The pay for these employees is set in accordance with local prevailing rates under the statutory authority of subchapter IV, chapter 53 of title 5, United States Code. Employees in other blue-collar pay plans are placed in the Other Acts and Administratively Determined category.

The Executive Schedule was established by Congress to cover top officials in the executive branch. This schedule, which is codified in subchapter II of chapter 53 of title 5, United States Code, has five levels, each with a single rate. In 1989, the Ethics Reform Act linked Executive Schedule increases to increases in the Employment Cost Index (ECI). Administratively Determined pay systems are those for which Congress has authorized heads of agencies to fix the compensation for the entire agency or for particular groups of positions without regard to the General Schedule. Some of the agencies administratively establish their own schedules of rates (the AD pay plan is an example of this); others use the General Schedule grade and step structure although they are not required by law to do so (pay plan GG is an example of this). Separate provisions are also made for stipend payments to certain student employees training in Government hospitals, clinics, or laboratories and for payments to member residents who work at Federal institutions, such as the Armed Forces Retirement Home. Nurses employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs' Veterans Health Administration also have a unique pay plan (VN) whose pay is locality based. The Senior Executive Service (SES) covers most managerial, supervisory, and policy positions in the executive branch which are classified above GS-15 and which do not require Senate confirmation. There are currently six salary levels in the SES. They are set by the President at the same time as the annual increases are authorized for the General Schedule.



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