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Federal workers receive a salary based on pay grade, and those who join the CBP will start with a GS-5, GS-7, or GS-9 pay grade designation. Entry-level positions at GS-5 began at a base annual pay of $29,350 in 2019, and entry at GS-7 started at $36,356 per year. The GS-9 position had a base annual salary of $44,471 in 2019. Federal employees in certain cities receive locality pay in addition to their salaries to offset the higher cost of living in those areas. Locality pay and law enforcement availability pay generally add a percentage to the base salary. For example, in 2019, a GS-5 working in New York City earned $39,053; a GS-7 earned $48,375; and a GS-9 made $59,173. Meanwhile, a GS-5 assigned to Minneapolis, Minnesota, earned $36,394; a GS-7 earned $45,081; and a GS-9 made $55,144.

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