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Finalists are initially appointed as Fellows at the GS-9, GS-11 or GS-12 level (or equivalents). Although actual salaries vary by geographic location, the chart below shows the base salaries for the General Schedule and salaries specific to the Washington, DC, metro area for these grades. 

These base salaries are as of January 2018; salary tables are updated annually and posted to OPM's website at the beginning of the calendar year. For the most current information on Federal pay by location, please visit OPM's Salary Tables webpage.

GS LevelBase SalariesWashington, DC Salaries
GS-9 $43,857 - $57,015 $56,233 - $71,230
GS-11 $53,062 - $68,983 $68,036 - $86,182
GS-12 $63,600 - $82,680  $81,548 - $103,294

While in the PMF Program, you may become eligible for a promotion. Eligibility for a promotion will be determined by the policies and criteria adopted by your employing agency for the PMF Program, which may differ from the policies and criteria that apply to other positions. If your agency's policies would permit this, it is possible you could even be promoted into a position within a "career ladder" that extends beyond a GS-12; you cannot be promoted past a GS-13 during your fellowship until you have completed all program requirements, been certified by the Executive Resources Board, and converted (if the position has promotion potential beyond the GS-13).

Under the Pathways Programs regulations, Finalists must minimally meet OPM qualification standards for their initial appointment. Fellows must also meet minimum eligibility requirements for a promotion. In general, a Fellow must have 1-year of specialized experience at the current grade level before minimally being eligible for a promotion (if applicable). Promotions are not guaranteed and at the supervisor's discretion. Fellows should consult with their supervisor and Agency PMF Coordinator for promotion policies and procedures.

UPDATED:  07-16-2018