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
January 8, 2017
Level Minimum Maximum
SK-1 $21,103 $29,999
SK-2 $23,729 $33,732
SK-3 $25,889 $36,802
SK-4 $29,060 $41,305
SK-5 $32,517 $48,286
SK-6 $36,245 $53,821
SK-7 $40,279 $60,689
SK-8 $44,604 $67,209
SK-9 $49,267 $75,322
SK-10 $54,257 $82,950
SK-11 $59,612 $98,032
SK-12 $71,444 $117,500
SK-13 $84,961 $139,720
SK-14 $97,556 $160,431
SK-15 $103,413 $173,267
SK-16 $111,410 $183,661
SK-17 $118,096 $198,354

The salary cap, including locality pay, is $240,100 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 8, 2017

New Pay Structure (No Locality)
SO Level New Minimum Maximum/Cap*
Level 1 $185,454 $245,830
Level 2 $185,454 $250,775
Level 3 $185,454 $250,775
SO 2017 Pay Caps (No Locality)
Level 1 $245,830
Level 2 & 3 $250,775

All locations use minimum and maximum/cap.



Updated January 2017

Locality Pay

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

2017 SEC Locality Rates

Locality Current Rate
Atlanta 20.70%
Boston 29.27%
Chicago 26.85%
Denver 24.65%
Forth Worth 22.61%
Los Angeles 29.65%
Miami 22.13%
New York 31.22%
Philadelphia 23.87%
Salt Lake City 15.06%
San Francisco 38.17%
Washington D.C. 27.10%

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.