1. Will the salary matching take into account only “salary” or will it take into account bonuses/commissions as well?

    Only salary is taken into consideration. Any bonus or commission is not factored in.

  2. What pay table is used for matching? What about danger pay if posted to a hardship post?

    The Foreign Service Salary Table – Overseas is used. There is no additional locality pay factored in.
    To access the FS Pay Table Overseas, please go to http://www.state.gov/m/dghr/pay/.
    The first thing you see listed in the Base salary table. Skip that. Then scroll down past the listing of locality rates. Then you will find the FS Salary Table Overseas.

    The overseas FS salary table pertains to all overseas posts. However, in dangerous posts, there is a danger pay differential on top of this (percentage). In many hardship posts, there is an additional hardship allowance (amount various on the degree of hardship). In locations where the cost of living is higher than it is in Washington, D.C., a COLA (cost of living allowance) is usually authorized.

    You can also check out the Department of State Allowances website that has information about the hardship, danger, and cost of living allowances for each post. The URL is http://aoprals.state.gov/

  3. If a Foreign Service employee is going overseas, will the employee have to pay all the living expenses? What is covered and what is not?

    As a Foreign Service Officer or Specialist, you are a federal employee, and you will pay applicable US federal and state taxes. The Department will pay to ship your personal belongings and pay for travel for you and authorized family members to post. You will receive government leased housing or a housing allowance if you are at a post with no USG owned or leased housing. Tuition for your children to attend international schools at post (or at boarding school, if appropriate local schools are not available) is covered. All other living expenses are your responsibility.