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User: PSJ
Date: 1/9/2011 6:25 pm
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Once accepted into the DOS as a FSO, from what pay grade level would we start?

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PAB_SME
User: PAB_SME
Date: 1/9/2011 7:19 pm
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Thank you for your question.

 For information on entry salary for FSOs please click here:

http://careers.state.gov/officer/benefits#salary

There are three possible FSO entry grades: FP-06, FP-05, and FP-04 -- with FP-04 being the highest possible entry grade. The entry grade afforded is based on educational level and number of years of qualifying work experience.  The step afforded within the appropriate hiring grade is based on the number of years of qualifying work experience.  Higher steps may also be afforded based on one's salary prior to joining the Foreign Service, all the way up to step 14 in the appropriate entry grade.  One cannot be afforded the next highest entry grade to match salary, however.

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Re: FSO Pay Grade
User: Mkus
Date: 1/19/2011 2:13 am
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Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions.

 

I reviewed the referenced link and was hoping you could clarify something.  I have a B.S. and a just over 5 years experience.  So I would end up in FP-06 Step 10(or higher, based on prior salary).  My question is, is there any difference, beyond salary, between FP-06 and FP-05?  For instance, job function, promotion prospect, bid priority, etc...?  

 

I am considering whether I should continue in the private sector in order to reach 6 years of experience.  Thanks again.

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User: PAB_SME
Date: 1/19/2011 8:35 am
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New FSOs, no matter what their entry grade, are considered to be entry-level officers, and their first/second assignments will be entry-level positions.  FSO's bid on positions at their grade.  An FP-05 is more senior to an FP-06.  You mention you currently have just over 5 years of experience. Keep in mind that the testing/clearance/selection process can take many months to complete, and only then is one placed on the rank-ordered Register.  If you are ultimately offered employment, it is quite possible that you will then have six years of experience.  Also, not all work experience is qualifying.  It must be professional in nature, as described at our website.  Your entry grade/step will be determined at the time you are given a firm offer of employment.

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Date: 2/22/2011 5:22 am
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Date: 2/22/2011 5:23 am
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Date: 2/28/2011 10:32 pm
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Re: FSO Pay Grade
User: JK
Date: 3/7/2011 2:08 pm
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Hello,

thank you for this information.  Could you please clarify if the pay history is taken into account at all during the determination of FS pay grade or it is purely based on education and number of years of experience?  If it is taken into account, is it the last pay or one could use the highest pay they ever had?

Also, could you please advise whether being unemployed at the time of the job offer affects the determination of the pay grade at all?  Is there a certain length of unemployment that may have a negative impact?

 

Thank you!

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Re: FSO Pay Grade
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User: PAB_SME
Date: 3/7/2011 8:08 pm
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Once grade and step are determined, based on education and experience, the candidate's current salary is examined to see if he/she will lose money by joining the Foreign Service. If so, the starting salary should be raised to the step in the grade for which the candidate is qualified that is closest to the current salary. If the current salary falls between two steps, the higher of the two steps is the starting salary. If the current salary is too high to be matched in the class for which qualified, Step 14 of that class is the starting salary.

"Current salary" means salary earned for at least 90 days prior to appointment as a Foreign Service Career Candidate. Candidates must submit proof of the "current salary;" for example: a copy of 90 days' worth of earnings statements; SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action (for federal civilian employees only); a statement on letterhead from the Human Resources Office of their most recent employer; or other appropriate documentation.

For those in the private sector, "current salary" also means that there must not have been a break in service of more than 45 calendar days between the candidate's most recent employment and appointment as a Foreign Service Career Candidate. For federal civilian employees, there must not have been a break in service of more than three calendar days between their civilian employment and appointment to the Foreign Service (in accordance with government-wide regulations).

For a more detailed explanation on determining entry grades, salary standards, and salary review procedures, please visit Foreign Service Entry Salaries.

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Re: FSO Pay Grade
User: JK
Date: 3/9/2011 7:29 am
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Thank you very much for this clarification.  Best regards.

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