Civilian Salary

When you accepted your position, a specific salary was agreed upon between you and the Human Resources (HR) Specialist.  The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) governs pay for all Federal employees.  You can review official pay charts by visiting the OPM web site.  

  • General Schedule:  Most civilian employees are covered under the General Schedule (GS) pay system. GS pay varies based on where your duty station is located.  This is called Locality Pay.  Be sure to check the pay chart for your area.  If your area has no Locality Pay, then use the "Rest of the United States" pay chart.
  • Senior Executive Service (SES):  The DoD Executive and Senior Professional Pay and Performance System has been certified by OPM.  A certified performance system allows DoD to pay senior executives at a higher rate, up to Level II of the Executive Schedule.  All SES positions within DoD have been placed within a common tier structure, a three-level system that groups positions by scope, influence, breadth of responsibility, and influence in Joint/national security matters. 
  • Other Pay Systems:  If you have questions about other pay systems, call your Human Resources Specialist.

Service Member Compensation

The military compensation system currently has more than 70 separate types of pay and allowances.  Follow this link for information on basic pay, special pay and allowances, and retired pay.  For additional information, follow this link to 
information on military pay.

Your Pay

All civilian employees and Service members are paid through the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), which provides comprehensive payment services to the United States Department of Defense.  Read more about DFAS at

Civilian employees and Service members have online access to their Leave and Earnings Statement, W-2, and other pay-related information on the DFAS “My Pay” website (Common Access Card (CAC) required). 

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