The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) may establish higher rates of basic pay - special rates - for a group or
category of General Schedule (GS) positions in one or more geographic
areas to address existing or likely significant handicaps in recruiting
or retaining well-qualified employees. OPM may establish special rates
for nearly any category of employee - i.e., by series, specialty,
grade-level, and/or geographic area.
OPM may establish special rates to address staffing problems caused by -
• significantly higher non-Federal pay rates than those payable by the Federal Government within the area, location,
or occupational group involved;
• the remoteness of the area or location involved;
• the undesirability of the working conditions or nature of the work involved; or
• any other circumstances OPM considers appropriate.
Locating a Special Rates Table
To find a specific special rates table use this search engine. For a complete set of current
special rates tables, use this
link for a printable HTML version
(set your printer to landscape mode for best results). The current special rates tables are indexed by
(these can also be printed).
For special rates tables before 2010, please use the SRTIS system.
Payroll-Usable File of Title 5 Special Rates
You can download a text file of special pay rates which can be used to facilitate the
entry of special rate information into agency payroll systems. The format of this file is:
Agency Requests for Special Rates
Individuals cannot request a special rate. Requests for special rates must come to OPM
through agency headquarters. Information on how agencies can make special rates requests
can be found here.
U.S. Office of Personnel Management
1900 E Street, NW.
Washington, DC 20415-6000
Phone Number: 202-606-2838
Email address: Pay-Leave-Policy@opm.gov