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Below are examples showing how various categories of General Schedule (GS) employees will be affected by the January 2008 pay adjustments. Annual rates are shown. The annual rate providing the highest entitlement (shown in bold font) is used to calculate the employee's hourly rate in biweekly pay computations. An hourly rate is computed by dividing the annual rate by 2,087 and rounding the result to the nearest cent. (Note: Firefighters compensated under 5 U.S.C. 5545b are subject to special pay computation rules, including the use of an hourly rate computed using a 2,756-hour divisor. See 5 CFR part 550, subpart M.)

Grade/step: GS-9, step 5.

Location: Rest of U.S. locality pay area.

2007 GS Rate: $44,000.

2007 locality rate: $49,562 ($44,000 x 1.1264).

2008 GS rate: $45,103 (after 2.5% across-the-board increase).

2008 locality rate: **$51,048** ($45,103 x 1.1318).

Grade/step: GS-0201-11, step 5, promoted to GS-0201-12.

Location of both positions: Rest of U.S. locality pay area.

Reference: 5 CFR 531.207 and 531.214(d)(3).

**Step 1:** Apply the across-the-board pay adjustment to the GS-11, step 5, rate.

2007 GS rate: $53,238.

2007 locality rate: $59,967 ($53,238 x 1.1264).

2008 GS rate: $54,568 (after 2.5% across-the-board increase).

2008 locality rate $61,760 ($54,568 x 1.1318).

**Step 2:** Process the promotion to GS-12 using the standard method, since the employee is covered by the same pay schedules before and after promotion.

Step A: No geographic conversion.

Step B: Increase GS (base) rate by two within-grade increases to GS-11, step 7 ($57,778).

Step C: The payable (highest) rate of basic pay for GS-11, step 7, is 2008-RUS at $65,393.

Step D: The highest applicable rate range for the employee's position of record after promotion is the GS-12 locality rate range in the 2008-RUS locality rate schedule. The lowest step rate in that range that equals or exceeds the GS-11, step 7, RUS locality rate is 2008-RUS, GS-12, step 2, at $67,493.

2008 GS rate: $59,633.

2008 locality rate: **$67,493**.

Grade/step: GS-0201-11, step 5, promoted to GS-0180-12.

Location of both positions: Rest of U.S. locality pay area.

GS-12 position covered by special rate schedule 0506.

Reference: 5 CFR 531.207 and 531.214(d)(4).

**Step 1:** Apply the across-the-board pay adjustment to the GS-11, step 5, rate.

2007 GS rate: $53,238.

2007 locality rate: $59,967 ($53,238 x 1.1264).

2008 GS rate: $54,568 (after 2.5% across-the-board increase).

2008 locality rate: $61,760 ($54,568 x 1.1318).

**Step 2:** Process the promotion to GS-12 using the alternate method, since different pay schedules apply before and after promotion and the alternate method produces a higher payable rate upon promotion than the standard method.

Step A: No geographic conversion.

Step B: Increase GS rate by two within-grade increases to GS-11, step 7 ($57,778).

Step C: The payable (highest) rate of basic pay for GS-11, step 7, is 2008-RUS at $65,393.

Step D: If the employee were promoted to a GS-12 position in the 0201 occupational series (non-special rate), the highest applicable rate range for that GS-12 position after promotion would be the GS-12 RUS locality rate range. The GS-12, step 2, locality rate ($67,493) is the lowest step rate in that range that equals or exceeds the GS-11, step 7, RUS locality rate.

Step E: Convert the GS-12, step 2, locality rate to the higher GS-12, step 2, special rate that applies to the employee's position after promotion on special rate table 0506. This GS-12, step 2, special rate is the payable rate of basic pay upon promotion ($71,177).

Step F: The standard method would have compared the GS-11, step 7, locality rate ($65,393) directly to the higher GS-12 special rate range and produced a rate of GS-12, step 1 ($69,253). Since the rate produced by the alternate method (GS-12, step 2) is greater than the rate produced by the standard method, the result of the alternate method is used.

2008 GS rate: $59,633 GS-12, step 2.

2008 locality rate: $67,493 ($59,633 x 1.1318).

2008 special rate: **$71,177 **($59,633 + $11,544 special rate supplement).

(See example 8 for computing the 2008 pay adjustment for a GM employee receiving a special rate.)

Grade/step: GM-13, step 00 ($81,185–not on step). (See 5 CFR 531.244(a)(1) for a GM employee whose rate of basic pay equals a regular GS step rate.)

Location: Washington, DC, locality pay area.

Reference: 5 CFR 531.244 and 531.245.

**Step 1:** Subtract the GS-13, step 1, GS rate from the GM employee's GS rate in 2007. (Use the 2007 GS rates.)

2007 GM employee's GS rate: $81,185 (GM employee's GS rate).

2007 GS rate: $66,951 (GS-13, step 1).

Difference: $14,234 ($81,185 - $66,951).

**Step 2:** Subtract the GS-13, step 1, GS rate from the GS-13, step 10, GS rate. (Use the 2007 GS rates.)

2007 GS rate: $87,039 (GS-13, step 10).

2007 GS rate: $66,951 (GS-13, step 1).

Difference: $20,088 ($87,039 - $66,951).

**Step 3:** Divide the result of step 1 by the result of step 2. Carry the results to the seventh decimal place and truncate.

$14,234 / $20,088 = 0.7085822.

**Step 4:** Subtract the GS-13, step 1, GS rate from the GS-13, step 10, GS rate. (Use the 2008 GS rates.)

2008 GS rate: $89,217 (GS-13, step 10).

2008 GS rate: $68,625 (GS-13, step 1).

Difference: $20,592 ($89,217 - $68,625).

**Step 5:** Multiply the result in step 3 by the result in step 4.

0.7085822 x $20,592 = $14,591.124.

**Step 6:** Add the result in step 5 to the GS-13, step 1, GS rate (2008) and round to the next higher whole dollar.

$14,591.124 + $68,625 = $83,217.

2008 GM employee's GS rate: $83,217 (after applying 2.5% increase by following the above steps under 5 CFR 531.244).

2008 GM locality rate: **$100,601** ($83,217 x 1.2089 (2008-DCB)).

(See example 9 for computing the 2008 pay adjustment for a retained rate employee where the locality rate exceeds special rate at step 10 for the first time in January 2008.)

Grade/step: GS-11, step 00: $72,000 (above locality rate range).

Location: Rest of U.S. locality pay area.

Reference: 5 CFR 536.305(a). (See 5 CFR 536.305(b) for cases where a retained rate falls below the range maximum after applying the pay adjustment.)

**Step 1:** Subtract the GS-11, step 10, locality rate in 2007 from the GS-11, step 10, locality rate in 2008.

2008 locality rate: $70,843 (GS-11, step 10).

2007 locality rate: $68,787 (GS-11, step 10).

Difference: $2,056 ($70,843 - $68,787).

**Step 2:** Multiple the result of step 1 by 50 percent.

$2,056 X .50 = $1,028.

**Step 3:** Add the result of step 2 to the GS-11, step 00, retained rate.

$72,000 + $1,028 = $73,028.

2008 retained rate: **$73,028.**

Grade/step: GS-3, step 3.

Location: Washington, DC.

Special Rate Schedule: Table 0029 (DC Clerical).

References: 5 CFR 530.303(d).

2007 GS rate: $21,761.

2007 locality rate: $25,806 ($21,761 x 1.1859).

2007 special rate: $25,841 ($21,761 + $4,080 special rate supplement).

2008 GS rate: $22,305 (after 2.5% across-the-board increase).

2008 locality rate: **$26,965 **($22,305 x 1.2089). (Note: The 2008 special rate for GS-3, step 3, would have been $26,487=$22,305 GS rate + $4,182 special rate supplement. Since the special rate is lower than the corresponding locality rate, the special rate is not used for any purpose.)

Grade/step: GS-2, step 1.

Location: Washington, DC.

Special Rate Schedule: Table 0029 (DC Clerical).

2007 GS rate: $18,698.

2007 locality rate: $22,174 ($18,698 x 1.1859).

2007 special rate: $22,924 ($18,698 + $4,226 special rate supplement).

2008 GS rate: $19,165 (after 2.5% across-the-board increase).

2008 locality rate: $23,169 ($19,165 x 1.2089).

2008 special rate: **$23,497 **($19,165 + $4,332 special rate supplement).

Grade/step: GM-13, step 00 ($81,185—not on step). (See 5 CFR 531.244(a)(1) for a GM employee whose rate of basic pay equals a regular GS step rate.)

Location: Washington, DC, locality pay area.

Special Rate Schedule: Table 0576.

Reference: 5 CFR 531.244 and 531.245.

**Step 1:** Calculate GM-13 employee's 2008 GS rate (see example 4): $83,217.

**Step 2:** Add percentage supplement included on special rate table. (The supplement is 30% for special rate table 0576 at GS-13.)

2008 GS rate: $83,217 (2008 GS rate from example 4).

2008 locality rate: $100,601 ($83,217 x 1.2089 (2008-DCB)).

2008 special rate: **$108,182** ($83,217 x 1.30 (table 0576)).

Grade/step: GS-7, step 00: $52,000.

Location: Washington, DC.

Special Rate Schedule: Table 0007.

References: 5 CFR 536.305(a).

The highest applicable rate range for the employee´s position in 2007 is the GS-7 rate range on the special rate table 0007—

2007 GS rate: $41,262 (GS-7, step 10).

2007 locality rate: $48,933 (GS-7, step 10).

2007 special rate: $49,726 (GS-7, step 10).

The highest applicable rate range for the employee´s position in 2008 is the GS-7 rate range on the 2008-DC locality rate schedule—

2008 GS rate: $42,290 (GS-7, step 10).

2008 locality rate: $51,124 (GS-7, step 10).

(Note: The 2008 special rate for GS-7, step 10, would have been $50,962 = $42,290 GS rate + $8,672 special rate supplement. Since this special rate is lower than the corresponding locality rate of $51,124, the special rate is not used for any purpose.)

**Step 1:** Subtract the GS-7, step 10, special rate in 2007 from the GS-7, step 10, locality rate in 2008.

2008 locality rate: $51,124 (GS-7, step 10).

2007 special rate: $49,726 (GS-7, step 10).

Difference: $1,398 ($51,124 - $49,726).

**Step 2:** Multiply the result of step 1 by 50 percent.

$1,398 X .50 = $699.

**Step 3:** Add the result of step 2 to the GS-7, step 00, retained rate.

$52,000 + $699 = $52,699.

2008 retained rate: **$52,699.**