Understanding Government Pay Scales

Many people know that government jobs pay, but most people don’t know much. The truth is – government jobs not only pay well, they for the location expenses of the position as well.  Government agencies have different pay scales.  The key to selecting a government agency is to research and find out as much as possible.  You must research the agency and the pay scales of the agencies.  Find out about the locality pay, hazard pay, or any other positional pays that may be associated with the agency.  We all know that pay is important aspect of any career selection, so the government is no different than any other position you apply for.  With a few exceptions…the government has great benefits that no other civilian company can match – exactly.

Where people get confused is with the General Schedule Step grades (GS).  GS pay scales for the Office of Personnel has pay grades within the pay grade called STEPs. When you review the GS Pay scale on OPM website you will see basic, locality and then there is also a pay scale that combines basic pay and locality depending on the location of the position.  Among the pay scale are the steps of the pay. Steps are normally given to the pay grade employee depending on “time in grade” the normal promotional time period is 1 year per pay scale and step.

For more information contact me or go to achieve: Office of Personnel Management Pay Scales

Paycheck to Paycheck Documentary, by Maria Shriver

On Sunday night, I watched the most gut retching show: “Paycheck to Paycheck” Town Hall Meeting on the OWN network. Many people in our economy are working from paycheck to paycheck, barely making ends meat. They are a paycheck away from poverty, hoping not to get one flat tire, one missed car payment or one overdraft. Dollars away from losing everything they have worked so hard for. While watching, I realized that there is new face of poverty. Now, your next-door neighbor, the person that bags your groceries or the school bus driver could be considered “working poor.”

The United States use to have a strong “working class” and status classes were broken down into to Upper, Middle and Poor. Now, there are 5 additional classes to add to the economic status: Working Poor, Poor, Lower Middle, Middle, Upper Middle, Wealthy, Rich and Ultra Rich. There are ways to help one another get through tough times, start a dialogue with the people you see on a daily basis. If you see a need that you can fulfill, do so.

I am going to do my part, anyone that needs assistance with writing a resume or help with finding a job – please email me and I will work with you to help improve your job skills, no charge. You are welcome to email me at jenicearmstead@gmail or through my website. Do your part to help someone else that may be going through a harder time than yourself.

For more information on the “Paycheck to Paycheck” documentary go to: The Shriver Report