Human Resources and Security Specialists should use this tool to determine the correct investigation level for any covered position within the U.S. Federal Government.
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Series and grade refers to the Federal government's system for categorizing and defining jobs. For more information on the job classifications and pay, please visit OPM website. If you have never worked in the Federal government, you do not have to enter a series or grade on your resume for previous, non-government jobs. Upon application, however, you may be prompted to pick the highest grade you desire or are eligible for.
To view the GS pay schedule, please go to 2010 Pay Schedule. There, you may view the base schedule and schedules by state.
To view wage scale schedules, please visit http://www.cpms.osd.mil/wage/wage.html.
Here are some guidelines and general information:
For more information on grades, steps, and Federal salaries, please go to 2010 General Schedule. The "Federal Occupational Groups" contains a list that will help you identify the General Schedule (GS) series positions that are of the greatest interest to you. You may obtain additional information in the "GS Position Classification Standards" and the "Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions."
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