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VA is proud to offer our employees salaries that are competitive with the private sector. For most health care occupations, starting salaries and pay increases are recommended by a professional standards board and are based on education, training, and experience.
For high-demand health care occupations, VA facilities maintain market competitiveness by utilizing a number of pay systems that augment salary rates. Our administrative staff, professional employees, and other trade and labor employees are paid under the Federal Government's General Schedule and Wage Grade pay systems, which offer strong starting salaries and periodic pay increases to address inflation and local market changes.