SEC Pay Structure

Base Pay Ranges

The base pay ranges for the different levels of SK series employees are as follows:

SK Series Pay Chart
Effective as of January 10, 2016
Level Minimum Maximum
SK-1 $20,894 $29,702
SK-2 $23,494 $33,398
SK-3 $25,633 $36,438
SK-4 $28,772 $40,896
SK-5 $32,195 $47,808
SK-6 $35,886 $53,288
SK-7 $39,880 $60,088
SK-8 $44,162 $66,544
SK-9 $48,779 $74,576
SK-10 $53,720 $82,129
SK-11 $59,022 $97,061
SK-12 $70,737 $116,337
SK-13 $84,120 $138,337
SK-14 $96,590 $158,843
SK-15 $102,389 $171,551
SK-16 $110,307 $181,843
SK-17 $116,927 $196,390

The salary cap, including locality pay, is $237,700 for all SK staff.

The base pay ranges for the different levels of Senior Officer positions are as follows:

New SO Pay Chart

Effective Date: January 10, 2016

New Pay Structure (No Locality)
SO Level New Minimum Maximum/Cap*
Level 1 $183,618 $243,396
Level 2 $183,618 $248,292
Level 3 $183,618 $248,292
SO 2016 Pay Caps (No Locality)
Level 1 $243,396
Level 2 & 3 $248,292

All locations use minimum and maximum/cap.

updated January 2016

Locality Pay

The locality rates presented below are applied to an employee’s base pay based on his/her duty location.

2016 SEC Locality Rates

Locality Current Rate
Atlanta19.58%
Boston29.27%
Chicago25.58%
Denver22.93%
Forth Worth21.04%
Los Angeles28.38%
Miami21.05%
New York30.74%
Philadelphia22.22%
Salt Lake City14.35%
San Francisco35.75%
Washington, D.C.24.78%

Federal and SEC Benefits

See Federal and SEC Benefits for a look at vacation and holiday leave, retirement, and health benefits offered to SEC staff.