View Full Version : Federal Employees Set to Receive Raises Despite Call for Pay Freeze

12-06-2010, 04:51 PM
Federal employees may seem a popular target as the Obama administration looks for budget cuts, but the president's proposed two-year pay freeze won't actually stop them from getting raises.

Though President Obama has called on Congress to halt cost-of-living adjustments for the federal civilian workforce, many employees are still expected to receive raises through the rigid ladder-climbing pay system known as "step increases."

Under the federal pay formula, employees are eligible for a regular pay raise every one-to-three years, depending on their seniority. When they get a raise, typically worth about 3 percent, they move up a "step"; there are 10 steps for all 15 grades on the federal pay scale -- meaning there will be no shortage of increases in 2011 and 2012.

"There's a set schedule for how that works," said Tim Kauffman, spokesman for the American Federation of Government Employees. He said federal employees are expected to receive the step increases even if Congress approves the pay-freeze plan. Plus some employees will be up for promotions and bonuses.

Salaries for so-called General Schedule employees range from $18,000 to $130,000.

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