Within Grade Increase (WG/GS)

Within-grade increases (WGIs), or step increases, are periodic increases in a General Schedule (GS) or Wage Grade (WG) 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.

Employees who occupy permanent positions earn WGIs upon meeting the following three requirements established by law:

A WGI waiting period begins upon (1) first appointment in the Federal service, (2) receiving an "equivalent increase," or (3) after a period of nonpay status and/or a break in service in excess of 52 calendar weeks.

Required waiting periods for step increases

GENERAL SCHEDULE (GS)

Advancement from...

Requires...

step 1 to step 2

1 year of creditable service at step 1

step 2 to step 3

1 year of creditable service at step 2

step 3 to step 4

1 year of creditable service in step 3

step 4 to step 5

2 year of creditable service in step 4

step 5 to step 6

2 year of creditable service in step 5

step 6 to step 7

2 year of creditable service in step 6

step 7 to step 8

3 year of creditable service in step 7

step 8 to step 9

3 year of creditable service in step 8

step 9 to step 10

3 year of creditable service in step 9

WAGE GRADE (WG)

Advancement from...

Requires...

step 1 to step 2

6 months of creditable service at step 1

step 2 to step 3

18 months of creditable service at step 2

step 3 to step 4

2 years of creditable service in step 3

step 4 to step 5

2 years of creditable service in step 4

 

   A WGI is effective on the first day of the first pay period beginning on or after the completion of the required waiting period. (5 U.S.C. 5335 and 5 CFR 531.412.)

Once a within-grade increase has been denied, a supervisor has the flexibility to approve a within-grade increase at any time thereafter once the employee is determined to be performing at an acceptable level of competence, but the agency must consider the employee's performance at least every 52 weeks after the denial.

 
 
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