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How do you view pay scales for government jobs?

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The general schedule for government wages, which is used to determine the wages for the majority of federal workers, is available on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management website. It can be accessed online or downloaded as a spread sheet.

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Due to the complicated nature of the general schedule, determining the exact wage scale of a position prior to interviewing can be complicated, according to Monster.com. Government wages vary by region, job and personal experience. The regional differences in pay intend to compensate for differences in the cost of living.

Generally, GS-5 positions require bachelor's degrees, and GS-9 positions require master's degrees. GS-11 positions are the most numerous and account for 11.9 percent of the federal workforce .

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