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Time to Double-Check Pay Statements for Raise Impact

The average 2.1 percent general schedule pay raise that was effective in the first full pay period of the year, covering January 8-21 for most, should be reflected in pay distributions covering that period being made around now. Note that 2.1 percent is only an average; actual GS raises vary by locality from 1.63 to 2.88 percent. Blue-collar employees receive their raise at differing times of a fiscal year, including some getting raises retroactive to last October; they will receive the same percentage as GS employees locally, up to a cap of 2.43 percent. SES members and those under other high-level pay systems do not get raises automatically but as a practical matter many agencies pay their performance-based raises at the start of the year.