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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

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

SK Employees

Base Pay Ranges

2020 Base Pay
Effective 04/12/2020
SK Employees
Grade Min Max
1 $21,612 $31,337
2 $24,302 $35,237
3 $26,514 $38,444
4 $29,762 $43,148
5 $33,302 $50,441
6 $37,120 $56,222
7 $41,251 $63,397
8 $45,680 $70,209
9 $50,457 $78,684
10 $55,567 $86,651
11 $61,051 $102,406
12 $73,168 $122,743
13 $87,012 $145,955
14 $99,911 $167,590
15 $105,910 $180,999
16 $114,100 $191,856
17 $120,946 $207,205

Locality Pay

The locality rates presented below are applied to an employee’s base pay based on his/her 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 D.C. 30.48%

Updated April 2020

The salary cap, including locality pay, is $253,300 for all SK staff.

All locations use minimum and maximum/cap/

Senior Officers

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

Senior Officer Pay Chart
Effective Date: 04/14/2020
Pay Structure (No Locality)
SO Level Minimum Maximum/Cap
Level 1 $190,564 $259,981
Level 2 $190,564 $265,210
Level 3 $190,564 $265,210
SO Pay Caps (No Locality)
Level 1 $259,981
Level 2 & 3 $265,210

*All locations use minimum and maximum/cap.

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