I am currently a biomedical engineer at @U.S. Food and Drug Administration with over two years of experience. I would like to hear everyone's experience navigating the GS increase (salary raise) as a government employee. Here are some questions for discussion. How long did it take you to be promoted to the next pay grade? What do you think contributed the most to that salary increase? If you transitioned into the private sector, what drove you to make this decision? Thanks!

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Two years of experience in the current job or in general? Usually this would take place during your annual review and you would have the opportunity to get to the next “Step” pay increase. For a promotion to next gs level, you might have to fight and even interview for the next level. Look at open positions at the next gs level, that’s my advice.

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Your real power lies within getting step upgrades and push for a job req for the next gs position. You have to come at them with a strong case on why they need a higher gs level than yours in the office or you have to be willing to move offices.

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Hey there! Been with the federal government for over 20 years. Moving GS levels is TOUGH. Moved from a GS7 to GS9 by working as a GS7 for a year and then moving to another fed gov't job and lobbying for a GS9. Moved from GS9 to GS11 after obtaining my master's degree. Can't remember GS11 to GS12. Moved from GS12 to GS13 by applying for/being promoted to an associate director position. My kids are teens now, but looking back, I should have been MUCH more aggressive. Truth is, I probably should have left the fed gov't about 10 years ago. Looking for a job in industry now. Good luck!

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Just read this! Thank you for sharing your experience. I have so much respect. Best of luck transitioning into the private sector, and if it happens, I would love to hear more!

Don’t settle. Look for new gs levels every two years or look for grand step increases. Be motivated and show it. Don’t sit on the side lines

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