Pay Scales and Benefits for Federal Employees and Congress
All federal employees hired after 1983
pay Social Security taxes, including the President, the Vice President, members of Congress, sitting federal judges, certain legislative branch employees, and most political appointees. The government collects these taxes in the same amounts as they would if these employees worked in the private sector at the same salary level. Federal Employees
For more information about federal pay scales and benefits, contact the
Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Congress
For more information about Congressional salaries and benefits, contact the
U.S. Senate and/or the U.S. House of Representatives.
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Benefit Programs for Federal Employees and Survivors
For information on and help with federal benefits, contact your agency's personnel/human resources office or call the
Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
Healthcare and Insurance website to sign up for benefits, find forms, and answers to frequently asked questions about insurance programs.
For information about specific programs:
Enroll or Change Benefits Retirees and Survivors
Insurance services are available for federal
retirees and their survivors. For further help with benefits, contact OPM about retirement services.
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If you are a federal employee planning to retire or you are a federal retiree looking for information about your benefits, the
U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)'s Retirement website offers a variety of information to help you: Combine Military Service and Civil Service Retirement
Military service does not automatically count toward civil service retirement, but you can
buy into (buy back) the civil service retirement fund for military service performed after 1956. A few items that you should take into consideration: the date you came under the civil service system and whether or not you are eligible for Social Security. Contact OPM's Retirement Operations Center
Learn how to contact
OPM's Retirement Operations Center.
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Pension Benefits for Government Employees, Military, and Veterans Federal Government Employees
If you are a federal employee, you may be eligible for
retirement, survivor, disability, and death benefits through the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
If you are a federal retiree with questions about your retirement benefits,
contact . OPM's Retirement Operations Center State or Local Government Employees
If you are a state or local government employee and have questions about your pension plan, contact your agency's personnel department. You can also contact the
Employee Benefits Security Administration ( for help. ESBA) Military Retirees
If you are a
military retiree of the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Navy, contact the Defense Finance and Accounting Service ( for questions about your pension benefits. DFAS)
If you are a Coast Guard military retiree, contact the
Coast Guard Pay & Personnel Center. Veterans
If you are a low-income wartime veteran, you may qualify for a
veterans pension. You can contact the Department of Veterans Affairs to learn more. Pension Taxes
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers an
online form to help you determine whether or not your pension or annuity payment is taxable.
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Federal employees who travel for work are reimbursed for their lodging, meals and tips expenses. The maximum amount they may receive varies by location.
Per diem rates for travel within the continental United States are established by the General Services Administration (GSA) for each fiscal year. These rates do not include lodging taxes, which may be reimbursed as a separate expense. Per Diem Rates for Alaska, Hawaii, and Territories outside of the Continental United States
The Department of Defense (DOD) establishes the
non-contiguous U.S. per diem rates for Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, and other non-foreign locations.
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