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Salary, Awards, and Recognition

VA offers a complete compensation package that recognizes the quality of our workforce and rewards their contribution to our success. We offer:



As a VA employee, you may be eligible for competitive starting rates based on:

  • Education and training
  • Experience
  • Duties required by the position
  • Guidelines from professional boards
  • Adjustments for specific locations to keep pay competitive.

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As a new hire, you may be eligible for special recruitment incentives:

  • Recruitment bonus: New hires may receive up to 25 percent of the rate of basic pay.
  • Relocation bonus: VA employees who temporarily or permanently relocate to a different commuting area, without a break in service, may receive up to 25 percent of the rate of basic pay.
  • Retention allowance: VA values its employees. You may receive up to 25 percent of the rate of basic pay to remain with the Government.

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Federal employees may receive:

  • Regular performance-based increases
  • Accelerated increases for outstanding performance
  • Pay comparability increases approved by the President.

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Premium pay is available to employees whose work schedule includes:

  • Overtime work
  • Sunday work
  • Saturday work (for certain health care personnel)
  • Holiday work
  • Time spent on-call (for certain health care occupations)
  • Evening and night work

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VA offers many forms of incentive awards, including:

  • Superior Performance Awards
  • Special Contribution Awards
  • Quality Step Increases
  • VA Honor Awards
  • Non-Monetary Recognition
  • Title 38 Awards

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Find Out More About VA Job Benefits: