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RQ: Pay Scales

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This question has come up a few times in my inbox as well as on the various forums with a Foreign Service bent;

Where can I find the Foreign Service pay scale for 2011?

You can find the 2011 (and, in fact, 2012) Pay scales here (PDF):

http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/134927.pdf

But why does it say “2010 FOREIGN SERVICE (FS) SALARY TABLE” ?  Way back when the deficit argument was just starting to ramp up, someone decided that a 2-year freeze on federal employees’ pay (oh, except Congress) and the subsequent two billion dollars in savings would make a difference in a deficit that is running over one trillion dollars.

$2,000,000,000

$1,000,000,000,000

In other words the President looked under the couch cushions for loose change and happened to find a particularly shiny penny.

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