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OCC Salary Structure

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) offers highly competitive salaries designed to reward education, experience and excellent performance. The OCC salary structure provides pay ranges for jobs with comparable responsibilities.

Unlike most civilian federal agencies, the OCC does not follow the General Schedule (GS) Pay Scale. The General Schedule has 15 grades—GS-1 to GS-15—and the Senior Executive Service (SES). The OCC’s Compensation Program, the NB Pay Plan, consists of nine pay bands, NB-I through NB-IX (see Base Salary Structure table below). These pay bands cover positions from the entry-level to the senior executive. Employee compensation is based on the duties and responsibilities of the position, employee performance and expertise, and the increased contributions employees bring to their positions as they develop and apply broader skills.

Employees assigned to designated locations are eligible to receive locality pay differentials in addition to their base pay. Use the Pay Band/City Salary Calculator below to determine salary ranges for the pay bands in these geographic areas.

Pay Bands by Occupation NB Pay Bands
Non-Commissioned Bank Examiners III and IV
Commissioned Bank Examiners V
Senior Bank Examiners VI
Attorneys IV, V and VI
Economists V and VI
Other Professional Occupations (e.g., FM, IT, HR, Acquisitions) III, IV, V
Administrative Support Staff I, II, III, and IV
Managers and Executives VI and above

2024 Base Salary Structure

Pay Band Base Minimum Base Maximum Pay Cap (Base + Locality)

* Rounded to next highest $100

Locality Differentials (Locality Pay)

Locality pay is based on costs of labor and supplements employees’ base salaries to provide locally competitive salaries. It is included in an employee’s total salary.

Salary Calculator by Pay Band and City (Locality Pay)

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Salary Increases

Merit Pay Increase

A merit pay increase is a permanent increase in pay based on the quality of the employee’s performance. It is tied to performance objectives.

Merit Bonus

A merit bonus is a lump-sum payment to award an employee for significant contributions beyond the performance objectives.

Special Increase

A special increase is a 5 percent permanent increase to employees’ base pay for expanding their skills, knowledge, or responsibilities.

Promotional Increase

A promotional increase is a 10 percent increase in base pay given to employees who are promoted to positions in higher pay bands.

Step 2 Increase

A Step 2 increase is a 6 percent increase in base pay given to employees selected for placement in positions distinguished by a higher level of job complexity and responsibility.