fedweek.com locality pay raise 2017

President Obama has issued a message to Congress formalizing an earlier stated intention to divide the expected 1.6 percent federal pay raise in January, with 1 percentage point paid across the board and the funds for the other 0.6 percentage point used for locality pay, resulting in somewhat differing amounts among the GS localities. Unless Congress enacts a different raise figure by the end of the year—and it has shown no inclination this year to directly address federal pay—the 1.6 percent amount will take effect by default, effective with the first full pay period of the year. Regarding the size of the increase, Obama’s message says this: “Civilian federal employees made significant sacrifices as a result of the 3-year pay freeze that ended in January 2014. Since the pay freeze ended, annual adjustments for civilian federal employees have also been lower than private sector pay increases and statutory formulas for adjustments to the General Schedule for 2014 through 2016. However, we must maintain efforts to keep our nation on a sustainable fiscal course. This is an effort that continues to require tough choices under current economic conditions. Under current law, locality pay increases averaging 28.49 percent and costing $26 billion would go into effect in January 2017. Federal agency budgets cannot sustain such increases.” Paying the lower amount “will not materially affect our ability to attract and retain a well-qualified Federal workforce,” it adds. The message is to be followed by a formal executive order late in the year that includes specific pay tables for the localities as well as for pay schedules apart from the GS.

Locality Pay Area

2017 Locality Payment

Total 2017 Pay Adjustment

Alaska

26.23%

1.86%

Albany-Schenectady, NY

15.23%

1.65%

Albuquerque-Santa Fe-Las Vegas, NM

14.90%

1.47%

Atlanta—Athens-Clarke County—Sandy Springs, GA-AL

20.19%

1.52%

Austin-Round Rock, TX

15.30%

1.70%

Boston-Worcester-Providence, MA-RI-NH-CT-ME

26.03%

1.68%

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY

18.04%

1.63%

Charlotte-Concord, NC-SC

15.10%

1.58%

Chicago-Naperville, IL-IN-WI

26.20%

1.61%

Cincinnati-Wilmington-Maysville, OH-KY-IN

19.17%

1.35%

Cleveland-Akron-Canton, OH

19.32%

1.38%

Colorado Springs, CO

15.32%

1.71%

Columbus-Marion-Zanesville, OH

18.00%

1.51%

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX-OK

21.89%

1.71%

Davenport-Moline, IA-IL

15.04%

1.54%

Dayton-Springfield-Sidney, OH

17.09%

1.51%

Denver-Aurora, CO

23.86%

1.76%

Detroit-Warren-Ann Arbor, MI

25.09%

1.56%

Harrisburg-Lebanon, PA

15.10%

1.56%

Hartford-West Hartford, CT-MA

26.94%

1.59%

Hawaii

17.41%

1.52%

Houston-The Woodlands, TX

30.12%

1.79%

Huntsville-Decatur-Albertville, AL

17.16%

1.69%

Indianapolis-Carmel-Muncie, IN

15.42%

1.44%

Kansas City-Overland Park-Kansas City, MO-KS

15.08%

1.52%

Laredo, TX

15.72%

2.00%

Las Vegas-Henderson, NV-AZ

15.30%

1.66%

Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA

28.73%

1.85%

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Port St. Lucie, FL

21.63%

1.48%

Milwaukee-Racine-Waukesha, WI

19.05%

1.56%

Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI

22.07%

1.64%

New York-Newark, NY-NJ-CT-PA

30.29%

1.85%

Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL

15.00%

1.51%

Philadelphia-Reading-Camden, PA-NJ-DE-MD

23.11%

1.74%

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

17.91%

1.68%

Pittsburgh-New Castle-Weirton, PA-OH-WV

17.32%

1.55%

Portland-Vancouver-Salem, OR-WA

21.37%

1.57%

Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

18.53%

1.51%

Richmond, VA

17.53%

1.67%

Sacramento-Roseville, CA-NV

23.44%

1.68%

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

25.95%

1.99%

San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA

37.07%

1.98%

Seattle-Tacoma, WA

23.34%

1.89%

St. Louis-St. Charles-Farmington, MO-IL

15.22%

1.64%

Tucson-Nogales, AZ

15.13%

1.55%

Washington-Baltimore-Arlington, DC-MD-VA-WV-PA

26.04%

2.02%

Rest of U.S.

14.74%

1.34%