I finally landed an offer for a job in the federal government. However it is at the low end of the salary range. Can you negotiate with the government?

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You can request a higher starting step based on your current pay, but there's no guarantee the agency will grant it.

It will vary from agency to agency and can even vary from org to org within an agency, but some will start you at step 1 no matter what, some will offer up to step 10, and others will cap it at step 5 or so. No way to know up front which your hiring org will do.

If they will go above step 1, they'll likely request several months of pay stubs and set your starting step based on that.

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Yeah and OPM also allows you to submit the superior qualifications documentation to be considered. You can find more info from the site. I did this once and the agency did increase my grade two steps above, but it still ended up being too low for me to move from consulting. https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/pay-administration/fact-sheets/superior-qualifications-and-special-needs-pay-setting-authority/

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