Pay

The NIH is a federal agency and employs several thousand people under different employment mechanisms. Many NIH employees are appointed and paid under Title 5 (the General Schedule) and their pay is governed by regulations and guidance from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Additionally, there are several other types of pay systems at NIH which provide differing benefits.

Please click on the pay resources below to learn more about the various types of pay systems.

​Employees under the General Schedule (GS) and Wage Grade (WG) pay plans. This section also includes Senior, Executive & Scientific pay under ES, SL, ST, and EX pay plans.
Employees paid under Physician and Dentist Pay program or who receive a special salary rate or premium pay based on their clinical duties.
Scientists employed under Title 42 who provide scientific, technical or clinical services.
Employees who serve in the Commissioned Corps Service.
NIH’s Workers' Compensation Programs is responsible for paying benefits to employees who are injured on the job.
The Leave and Earnings statement contains a great deal of information about your pay and leave.

Looking for salary tables for the present or past? Check out OPM’s website for the most current salary table, as well as salaries dating as far back as 1949.

Also, view OPM's frequently asked pay and leave questions.