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Pay and Benefits FAQ


  1. What is CDC’s pay system?
  2. If selected for a job, how will my pay be set within the annual salary range shown in the job announcement? Is salary negotiable within this range?
  3. If you have never worked for the federal government, your pay most likely will be set at Step 1 of the salary range.
  4. Is it possible to be hired at a grade level that is higher than the one advertised in the job announcement?
  5. What benefits are available to me as a CDC employee?
  6. I am a current employee at another federal agency. If selected for a job at CDC will my benefits transfer?

 

1: What is CDC’s pay system?
Each job announcement specifies the pay system (e.g., GS, WG, RS, AD, ES, etc.) and salary range for the position being advertised.


2: If selected for a job, how will my pay be set within the annual salary range shown in the job announcement? Is salary negotiable within this range?

Federal salaries are not negotiable in the same manner as private sector salaries. Federal rules and regulations prescribe how federal salaries are determined. Federal rules and regulations prescribe how federal salaries are determined.


3: If you have never worked for the federal government, your pay most likely will be set at Step 1 of the salary range.

If you are a current or former employee of another federal agency and you are transferring to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the same grade level, your pay will usually remain the same. If you are transferring into a higher graded position, we will assign your pay in accordance with federal pay regulations.


4: Is it possible to be hired at a grade level that is higher than the one advertised in the job announcement?

No. Prior to advertising the job, the hiring organization determines the grade-level at which the position is needed and that is the only grade-level at which the position can be filled.


5: What benefits are available to me as a CDC employee?

We offer a comprehensive federal benefits package. Click here for more information on federal benefits.

 

6: I am a current employee at another federal agency. If selected for a job at CDC will my benefits transfer?
It depends on the type of benefit. Certain benefits are available to all federal employees and will transfer with you from agency to another agency. These benefits are:

  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Retirement benefits/thrift savings plan allocations
  • Sick and annual leave
  • Long-term care insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts

 

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  • Page last reviewed: January 7, 2014
  • Page last updated: January 24, 2014
  • Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of the Chief Operating Officer, Human Capital and Resources Management Office
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