Pay Administration

Federal Employees are paid according to guidance set by Government-wide regulations. The grade level of your position and your pay is determined by the duties assigned by management and is set according to those regulations.  Pay setting takes into account:

  • The grade of the position 
  • The years of experience (or steps) within that grade level.
  • The appropriate salary table of the position.
  • The performance of the employee in the position.

Federal agencies are responsible for complying with the law and regulations and following the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) policies and guidance to administer pay policies and programs for its employees.

Pay Changes Notifications

All pay changes are documented on a Standard Form 50 (SF-50).  Department of Energy employees will receive an electronic copy in their Electronic Official Personnel Folder (eOPF).  Pay most commonly changes after one of the following activities:

  • Grade level change
  • A step increase
  • An adjustment in  locality pay
  • An annual comparability increase (ACI)

Employee's Leave and Earning Statements are sent bi-weekly and contain all the details of any pay changes.

Pay Tables

Pay is set from salary table appropriate to your occupation, geographic location, and/or other specifically determined factors.  The salary tables show the salary for each grade and step and are set by law.

Under section 114 of Public Law 112-175, pay adjustments for the General Schedule and other Government-wide pay systems are effective the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning after March 27, 2013 (April 7, 2013). OPM will post pay tables on the OPM website before the April 7, 2013, effective date.

Other Useful Pay Links

General Schedule (GS) Basic Pay

General Schedule (GS) Locality Pay Tables

Senior Executive Services

Senior Scientific and Technical

Executive Schedule

Executive Order for 2013 Pay Rates

Special Rates