OPM unveils IT pay-raise details
- By Colleen O'Hara
- Dec 03, 2000
The Office of Personnel Management released details Dec. 1 on how much of
a pay increase certain federal information technology workers will receive
OPM issued a draft salary table
for computer specialists, computer engineers and computer science specialists
in the GS-5 through GS-12 grades. The table lays out for the first time
the actual dollar amounts that these IT workers will receive starting Jan.
OPM had announced Nov. 3 that it would give these 33,000 IT workers
raises ranging from 7 percent to 33 percent in an effort to attract technology
workers to the government and retain them. Agencies are increasingly competing
with industry for skilled workers particularly at entry-level positions and a pay hike is one way to help government compete for the best and
OPM said it will establish six special IT salary-rate schedules, each
covering a group of geographic areas. One of the six special IT rate schedules
will apply to all locations outside of the contiguous United States. So
salaries vary depending on where IT employees work as well as what grade and step within a grade they attain.
For example, an entry-level salary for a GS-5 living in the Washington,
D.C., area is $30,726, based on the draft figures for IT workers covered
by the special salary rate schedules. Meanwhile, an entry-level salary for
a GS-5 living in New York starts at $31,823.
By comparison, an entry-level salary for a GS-5 living in New York who
is not covered by a special salary rate would receive $24,936 next year,
and in the Washington, D.C., area would receive $24,192.
The OPM announcement comes on the heels of a White House decision to
give civilian employees an average pay hike of 3.7 percent starting in January.
The new IT salaries and other raises will become official when President
Clinton signs an executive order implementing the 2001 pay increase.