The 2023 federal pay raise and the 2023 GS pay scale tables with locality pay have been finalized now that President Biden has issued the annual Executive Order (EO) which puts the federal employee pay raise into effect for next year.
2023 Federal Pay Raise: 4.6%
The 2023 federal pay raise will be an overall average of 4.6% based on Biden’s alternative pay plan letter issued back in August. Congress took no additional legislative action to override the president’s proposed pay raise, so that figure ultimately is what went into effect.
Under the terms of that letter, the federal pay raise for 2023 will be an across-the-board base pay increase of 4.1% and locality pay increases to average 0.5%. This will result in an overall average pay increase of 4.6% for federal employees in 2023.
The pay raise will be effective on the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning on or after January 1, 2023.
2023 GS Locality Pay Tables
See the complete General Schedule pay tables with locality pay here: 2023 GS Pay Scale Tables
The pay cap for some higher GS grades will be $183,500 in 2023 as limited by the rate for level IV of the Executive Schedule. This is a 4.08% increase over the limit in 2022 which was $176,300.
You can view the complete listing of 2023 GS locality pay tables on this page. OPM has also published all of the 2023 GS pay scale tables on its website.
Which GS locality pay areas fared best in terms of the total overall 2023 federal pay raise? We have a full listing here: 2023 GS Locality Pay Tables Published: Here are Localities with Highest and Lowest Pay Increases.
Executive Order on Adjustments of Certain Rates of Pay
December 23, 2022
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Statutory Pay Systems. The rates of basic pay or salaries of the statutory pay systems (as defined in 5 U.S.C. 5302(1)), as adjusted under 5 U.S.C. 5303, are set forth on the schedules attached hereto and made a part hereof:
(a) The General Schedule (5 U.S.C. 5332(a)) at Schedule 1;
(b) The Foreign Service Schedule (22 U.S.C. 3963) at Schedule 2; and
(c) The schedules for the Veterans Health Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs (38 U.S.C. 7306, 7401, 7404; section 301(a) of Public Law 102–40) at Schedule 3.
Sec. 2. Senior Executive Service. The ranges of rates of basic pay for senior executives in the Senior Executive Service, as established pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 5382, are set forth on Schedule 4 attached hereto and made a part hereof.
Sec. 3. Certain Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Salaries. The rates of basic pay or salaries for the following offices and positions are set forth on the schedules attached hereto and made a part hereof:
(a) The Executive Schedule (5 U.S.C. 5311–5318) at Schedule 5;
(b) The Vice President (3 U.S.C. 104) and the Congress (2 U.S.C. 4501) at Schedule 6; and
(c) Justices and judges (28 U.S.C. 5, 44(d), 135, 252, and 461(a)) at Schedule 7.
Sec. 4. Uniformed Services. The rates of monthly basic pay (37 U.S.C. 203(a)) for members of the uniformed services, as adjusted under 37 U.S.C. 1009, and the rate of monthly cadet or midshipman pay (37 U.S.C. 203(c)) are set forth on Schedule 8 attached hereto and made a part hereof.
Sec. 5. Locality-Based Comparability Payments.
(a) Pursuant to section 5304 of title 5, United States Code, and my authority to implement an alternative level of comparability payments under section 5304a of title 5, United States Code, locality-based comparability payments shall be paid in accordance with Schedule 9 attached hereto and made a part hereof.
(b) The Director of the Office of Personnel Management shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement these payments and to publish appropriate notice of such payments in the Federal Register.
Sec. 6. Administrative Law Judges. Pursuant to section 5372 of title 5, United States Code, the rates of basic pay for administrative law judges are set forth on Schedule 10 attached hereto and made a part hereof.
Sec. 7. Effective Dates. Schedule 8 is effective January 1, 2023. The other schedules contained herein are effective on the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning on or after January 1, 2023.
Sec. 8. Prior Order Superseded. Executive Order 14061 of December 22, 2021, is superseded as of the effective dates specified in section 7 of this order.
JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.
THE WHITE HOUSE,
December 23, 2022.
Frequently Asked Questions About the 2023 Federal Pay Raise
What Is the Amount of the 2023 Federal Pay Raise?
The 2023 pay raise for federal employees is an overall average of 4.6%. This consists of a 4.1% base pay increase and an additional 0.5% for locality pay.
When is the 2023 Federal Pay Raise Effective?
The 2023 federal pay raise will be effective on the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning on or after January 1, 2023.
Which Federal Employees Get the 2023 Federal Pay Raise?
The 4.6% pay raise in 2023 outlined by the president’s executive order is for federal employees under the General Schedule.
What is the Salary Cap Under the 2023 Federal Pay Raise?
The salary cap that applies to some higher General Schedule (GS) grades will be $183,500 in 2023 as limited by the rate for level IV of the Executive Schedule.