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Review Salary and Benefits Information

See Pay & Leave Salaries & Wages by location. EIS base pay is GS 12 step 3.

Incoming EIS officers are hired through the following mechanisms depending on citizenship status and other factors.

  • U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents are eligible for civil service (under Title 42 Fellowships and Other Training Programs)
  • Non-U.S. citizens must hold J-1 Exchange Visitor Status (J-1 visas)

U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

Civil Service

Upon initial appointment, the Title-42 fellowship entry grade will be set comparable to the Federal Government General Schedule (GS) base pay rate equivalent of GS-12, step 3 regardless of previous experience and compensation. An additional locality pay, for non-medical EIS officers, is based on the location of the official duty station. In addition to base pay, medical officers are allowed up to an additional $20,000 per year with an active, unrestricted license. The United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps is no longer offered as a hiring mechanism for EIS unless the applicant is commissioned into the Corps prior to acceptance into EIS.

Additional incentives include:

  • Thrift Savings Plan
  • Federal Employees Retirement System Benefit Plan
  • Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan
  • Federal Employees Group Life Insurance
  • Federal Employees Vision and Dental Insurance Program
  • 4 hours of annual leave and 4 hours of sick leave every 2 weeks (13 days total of each)

Non-U.S. Citizens

J-1 Exchange Visitor Status (J-1 Visas)

CDC sponsors J-1 Exchange Visitor Program status for EIS officers who are not U.S. citizens. Upon initial appointment, the fellowship entry grade will be set comparable to the Federal Government General Schedule (GS) base pay rate equivalent of GS-12, step 3 regardless of previous experience and compensation. An additional locality pay is based on the location of the official duty station.

Additional incentives include:

  • Reimbursement for insurance coverage up to $900 per month
  • 4 hours of annual leave and 4 hours of sick leave every 2 weeks (13 days total of each)
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