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SEC Compensation Program

How the SEC Sets Salaries

The SEC’s pay-setting practices are structured to ensure consistency and objectivity by using tools termed “pay matrices.” Specifically, use of the pay matrices ensures that a new employee’s pay is set commensurate with the experience—both “relevant” and ”specialized”—that he or she brings to the position.

  • Relevant experience includes experience not directly related to the duties of the position but which nonetheless prepares the candidate for success in the position.
  • Specialized experience includes technical experience directly related to the duties of the position to be filled.

Information Used by Office of Human Resources Staff to Set Pay

The resume a job candidate submits when applying for an SEC position is used by Office of Human Resources (OHR) Compensation Team to identify creditable relevant and/or specialized experience. The SEC encourages job candidates to provide the following information to ensure that compensation is set accurately:

  • Complete work history (e.g., not just the most recent 10 or 15 years)
  • Job titles
  • Duties for each job (be specific in describing the duties)
  • Start and end dates for each job, including month and year
  • Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)

Base Pay Ranges

SK Employees

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

2021 Base Pay
Effective 04/11/21
SK Employees
(BU and NBU)

Grade Minimum Maximum
1 $21,612 $31,650
2 $24,302 $35,589
3 $26,514 $38,828
4 $29,762 $43,579
5 $33,302 $50,945
6 $37,120 $56,784
7 $41,251 $64,031
8 $45,680 $70,911
9 $50,457 $79,471
10 $55,567 $87,518
11 $61,051 $103,430
12 $73,168 $123,970
13 $87,012 $147,415
14 $99,911 $169,266
15 $105,910 $182,809
16 $114,100 $193,775
17 $120,946 $209,277

Locality Pay

The locality rates presented below are applied to an employee’s basic pay based on the duty location.

Locality Current Rate
Atlanta 22.16%
Boston 29.27%
Chicago 28.59%
Denver 27.13%
Fort Worth 24.98%
Los Angeles 32.41%
Miami 23.51%
New York 33.98%
Philadelphia 26.04%
Salt Lake City 15.95%
San Francisco 41.44%
Washington, DC 30.48%

The salary cap, including locality pay, is $255,800 for all SK staff.

All locations use minimum and maximum/cap

Senior Officers

The pay ranges for the Senior Officer levels are as follows:

2021 Pay Structure (No Locality)
Effective 04/11/2021
Senior Officers

SO Level Minimum Maximum/Cap
Level 1 $190,564 $267,780
Level 2 $190,564 $273,166
Level 3 $190,564 $273,166

All locations use minimum and maximum/cap.


Updated and finalized 4/01/2021

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