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What was the 2013 GS pay scale?

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The 2013 base General Schedule pay scale started at $17,803 annually at the lowest grade and step, with employees at the highest level earning $129,517. The General Schedule in each region varies from the base scale based on cost of living surveys by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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The 2013 GS annual rates increased by employee grade and step based on the designation for a given occupation by the Office of Personnel Management. There are 15 grades, which are stable for a single job, and 10 steps, which reflect time spent in a given position. When an employee receives a step increase, the compensation increase is approximately 3 percent of his total salary.

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