This article was last updated on December 27
[2013 Locality Pay Rates Update] The president has signed an executive order that freezes GS pay rises in 2013. Unfortunately the executive order and existing continuing resolution also stated that, “…….. locality payments in 2013 for Government wide and single-agency categories of employees….will continue at the same rates that were in effect since [last year]”
[2012 Locality Pay Rates to Stay the Same as 2011] With no rise in the Federal General Schedule (GS) pay rates, may federal and state workers on the GS salary scale were hoping for some relief through locality pay changes. Unfortunately, the President declared that 2012 locality pay adjustments would remain at 2011 levels due to due serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare of our nation, “ …that requires tough choices and shared sacrifice.” The absence of an increase in 2012 makes it two years since the last raise.
Locality pay is set by comparing the GS base and non-Federal pay in each locality pay area (as defined by the OMB), based on salary surveys conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. There are currently 31 separate metropolitan locality pay areas and a catch-all “Rest of U.S.” locality pay area. 2012 (and 2011) locality pay adjustments are shown below:
|Locality Pay Area||State||Locality Payment|
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside||CA||27.16%|
|Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach||FL||20.79%|
|Minneapolis-St. Paul-St. Cloud||MN-WI||20.96%|
|San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos||CA||24.19%|
|San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland||CA||35.15%|
|Rest of U.S.||14.16%|
How to use the GS and Locality Pay table: The locality pay is an adjustment to the GS pay scale, so to figure the pay rates in your area, multiply the relevant grade/step by the standard federal increase (0% in 2010) and then by the locality pay increase. So using the federal GS table below, a GS 9-Step 6 federal employee living in Richmond VA should be getting 16.47% above the base $48,488 salary, or $56,474. The 2011 GS Pay table – which also remain unchanged for 2012 – is shown below.