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Most auditors begin at the GS-7 level with an entry salary in 2016 of approximately $40,000.  For each of the next 3 to 4 years, you are non-competitively promoted to the next grade level (GS-7,9,11,12), and upon completion of the auditor training program, employees outplace at the GS-12 level (Auditor-In-Charge) with a salary of approximately $70,000.

Promotions above the Auditor-In-Charge level are competitive with salaries ranging from approximately $80,000 to 150,000.


  • Locality Pay - Locality pay is set by comparing GS and non-Federal pay in each local pay area based on salary surveys conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  We currently have 46 separate metropolitan locality pay areas.  All other employees in the contiguous 48 States are included in the "Rest of U.S." (RUS) locality pay area.

  • Periodic Salary Increases - Each General Schedule (GS) grade has 10 steps.  Within grade increases (WGIs) or step increases are periodic increases in a GS employee's rate of basic pay from one step of the grade of his or her position to the next higher step of that grade.

See the OPM website for additional salary and locality information.