Pay Rates Explained

The DNFSB offers a competitive pay package that includes periodic increases based upon your job, location, cost of living, performance and other factors. Actual starting pay will be set according to the position, your experience level, and any special qualifications you possess.

Employees covered under the DN and GS pay schedules are eligible for locality pay. The 2015 cumulative locality rate for the Washington Metropolitan area (DC-MD-VA-WV-PA) is 24.22%.

For Technical Staff (DN)

Entry-level Engineers and Technical Staff pay levels range from DN-I to DN-V, and are called Pay Bands. Base Pay plus Locality Pay for employees covered under the DN pay schedule is limited to $168,700 - the rate for Level III of the Executive Schedule.

For General Schedule (GS) Employees

General Schedule (GS) staff pay levels or "grades" range from GS-1 to GS-15. Click here for more information about the General Schedule Staff Pay Schedule at

Senior Executive Service (SES)

Senior Executive Service (SES) rates of Basic Pay range from a minimum of $121,956 to a maximum of $168,700. SES are not eligible for locality pay.

Pay Flexibilities

Agencies may pay as a lump sum recruitment bonuses for new employees. To receive a recruitment bonus, an employee must sign an agreement to complete a period of service with the agency–at least 12 months. This payment is not considered part of basic pay.