Federal employees are paid according to the General Schedule (GS) Classification and Pay System.  Competitive starting salaries for 2013 are available on these Salary Tables.

Salaries may be higher according to geographic location.

The Federal government offers an excellent retirement program which includes a tax-deferred savings plan with matching contributions.

A number of health insurance plans are available and a portion of the costs are paid by the Government. Low cost life insurance is also available.

Employees are eligible for 13 vacation days a year and 13 paid sick leave days a year.  You are allowed to accumulate unused sick leave.  There are also 10 paid Federal holidays.

The Government offers an extensive training program which covers all necessary knowledge and skills.  It includes classroom training with state-of-the art computer processing equipment.

Employees have the opportunity to work flexible work schedules and some offices offer a compressed work week.