Q. I work for the United States Postal Service; at my agency we do not receive locality pay.  If I decided to leave USPS to go to another government agency that offers locality pay, how would that be incorporated into my current base pay?  The way I think it works would be you take my current base pay and add locality pay on top of that.  Am I correct?

A. Since the Postal Service pay system is completely different from the GS or wage systems, there’s no direct correspondence between their grades and yours. In effect, you would receive the salary of the position you applied for, which would include locality pay. You’d have to discuss how your current and future salary would mesh with your potential employer.


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to

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