The pay scale for federal salaried positions ranges from $18,161 to $132,122, based on U.S. Office of Personnel Management salary tables for 2015. The scale covers 15 pay grades and 10 steps for each grade.
Jobs located in certain geographic areas, such as Boston and Los Angeles, typically receive higher base rates of pay. Each government agency sets its positional pay grades. The Office of Personnel Management recommends a starting rate of $20,419 in Grade 2 for positions requiring a high school diploma, $27,982 in Grade 5 for positions requiring a Bachelor's degree, and $42,399 in Grade 9 for Master's degree positions, as of June 2015.