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.

NIH Pay Guide

The NIH Pay Guide is a collection of summary information on a variety of pay topics.

​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.
The Senior Executive Service (SES) is a corps of men and women who administer public programs at the top levels of Federal Government.
NIH’s Workers' Compensation Programs is responsible for paying benefits to employees who are injured on the job.
Employees who serve in the Commissioned Corps Service.

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.