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Salaries and Benefits


General Schedule (GS) pay system. Pay is determined by your GS grade (1-15) and step within that grade (1-10). Step increases are based on longevity and acceptable performance. The waiting period to move to steps 2, 3, and 4 is 52 weeks; to steps 5, 6, and 7 is 104 weeks; and to steps 8, 9, and 10 is 156 weeks. Step increases can be awarded during the performance review without restarting the waiting period.

If you are not an employee covered by the GS pay system, your Human Capital Business Partner can help you.
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In addition to basic pay, employees may receive overtime compensation, bonuses, and allowances.

Health Insurance

ASPR employees may be eligible, but not obligated, to enroll in the Federal Employees' Health Benefits (FEHB) program. FEHB offers a wide variety of health plans from which to choose, including some that offer Health Savings Accounts.

Dental and Vision Insurance

The Federal Employee Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) Exit Icon is a voluntary program designed to provide supplemental dental and vision benefits, which are available on an enrollee-pay-all basis (no government contribution toward premiums) to Federal Civilian and U.S. Postal Service employees, retirees, and their family members.

The FEDVIP allows dental and vision insurance to be purchased on a group basis, which means competitive premiums and no pre-existing condition limitations.

Federal Long-term Care Insurance

The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) offers insurance to eligible employees to help pay for long term care services, such as home care or care in a nursing home or assisted living facility.

Flexible Spending Accounts

The Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS) Exit Icon is a tax-favored program that allows federal employees to pay for eligible out-of-pocket health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. By using pre-tax dollars to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses, an FSA gives you an immediate discount on these expenses that equals the taxes you would otherwise pay on that money.

Life Insurance

The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) Program is the largest group life insurance program in the world, covering more than 4 million Federal employees and retirees, as well as many of their family members. FEGLI is group term life insurance; therefore, it does not build up any cash value or paid-up value. It consists of Basic life insurance coverage and three options.

In most cases, if you are a new Federal employee, you are automatically covered by Basic life insurance and your payroll office deducts premiums from your paycheck, unless you waive the coverage. In addition to the Basic, there are three forms of Optional insurance that you can elect.


The Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) is comprised of three parts:

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  • This page last reviewed: April 05, 2018