Bipartisan Deal Would Give Average 3.1 Percent Raise to Federal Employees

Press Release December 16, 2019

Washington D.C. – Federal employees would receive an average 3.1 percent pay raise in 2020 under legislation nearing final approval in Congress


The 3.1 percent raise, endorsed earlier this year by NTEU, is included in the bipartisan spending package approved by House and Senate appropriators and headed for final votes this week.

The raise is a much-needed improvement over the 2.6 percent proposed by the administration.

“NTEU members have been incredibly vocal about their support for a 3.1 percent increase in 2020, and we are thrilled to see their advocacy made a difference,” said NTEU National President Tony Reardon. “This is a fair increase that is on par with raises going to military servicemembers and private sector workers, and will help middle class federal employees keep up with the rising costs of housing, food and medicine.”

NTEU preferred the 3.1 percent average increase because it includes a 2.6 percent raise across the board, plus 0.5 percent toward locality pay increases.

“Federal employees have many allies in Congress and we commend all of them for their persistence in getting House and Senate negotiators to include the average 3.1 percent raise in their final compromise spending agreement,” Reardon said. “This kind of progress takes a great deal of effort, and federal employees will always be grateful to those who support civil servants.”

NTEU represents 150,000 employees at 33 federal agencies and departments.