Some Federal Employees in North Dakota Are Getting a 34% Pay Raise

Some federal employees in North Dakota are going to be getting a 34% pay increase.

Federal employees looking for better pay might want to keep an eye on North Dakota. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) recently announced that a small group of federal employees in North Dakota are getting a 34% pay increase, the second such raise approved for federal workers there in less than a year.

The Office of Personnel Management approved the pay increase this week. It will impact about 160 civilian federal employees – including aircraft mechanics, electricians, electronic equipment mechanics, heavy mobile equipment mechanics, and others – at Minot Air Force base and at other locations in western North Dakota.

Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) has been pushing for pay increases for federal workers in her state.

“Federal employees working in North Dakota boost our national defense, support farmers and ranchers, and provide permits for oil and natural gas drilling,” said Heitkamp. “To make sure this work continues, we have to provide fair compensation to both retain current employees and attract additional top talent to join the federal workforce, and to help keep our state and country safe and running.”

The large pay increase is the second such raise federal workers in this part of North Dakota have received in less than a year. In December 2014, Heitkamp announced that 150 federal workers at Minot Air Force Base would receive pay increases of 33 – 37% of their salaries.

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