U.S. Office of Personnel Management


A law enforcement officer may be paid certain types of premium pay only to the extent that the aggregate amount of basic pay and covered premium pay for the pay period does not exceed the lesser of the biweekly rate for (1) 150 percent of GS-15, step 1 (including any special salary rate, locality rate of pay, or special law enforcement adjusted rate of pay); or (2) level V of the Executive Schedule. (See 5 U.S.C. 5547(c) and 5 CFR 550.107.)

The 1997 biweekly rate for level V of the Executive Schedule (EX-V) is $4,147.20. Since the EX-V rate is less than 150 percent of the locality rate of pay for GS-15, step 1, in all 30 locality pay areas, $4,147.20 is the biweekly cap on premium pay for law enforcement officers whose duty station lies in the continental United States (i.e., the 48 contiguous States and the District of Columbia).

The biweekly cap on premium pay for law enforcement officers stationed outside the continental United States is $4,076.40 (150 percent of the unadjusted GS-15, step 1, biweekly rate of $2,717.60), unless the employee is covered by a special salary rate schedule that provides a special salary rate at GS-15.

Duty Station Area 1997 Biweekly Premium Pay Cap
For Law Enforcement Officers
Within the Continental U.S. $4,147.20
Outside the Continental U.S. $4,076.40

These caps became effective on the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning on or after January 1, 1997.

The special annual premium pay limitation under 5 U.S.C. 5547(b) and 5 CFR 550.106 for emergency situations does not apply to law enforcement officers.

An employee is considered to be a "law enforcement officer" for premium pay purposes if he or she meets the definition in 5 U.S.C. 5541(3) and 5 CFR 550.103.

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