2025 Federal Pay Raise - Image: Connolly
  • The FAIR Act has been introduced – pushing for a 7.4% raise for feds.
  • This is the first indicator of the 2025 pay raise until the white house budget.
  • A history of the FAIR Act vs. the actual raise that happened.

The FAIR Act has been reintroduced every year since 2016 and has not once made it out of Congress, but it acts a good early indicator as to what to actually expect for the next year’s annual pay raise for federal employees. The actual percentage always ends up lower than what Connolly recommends in each year’s FAIR Act- and this year, along with Hawaii Congressman Schatz, the bill is pushing for the 2025 pay raise to be 7.4%. Last year’s proposed legislation called for an 8.7% raise and it ended up being 5.2% - the biggest in decades. Supporters of the FAIR act argue that the gap between private sector jobs and comparable federal jobs is too wide and getting worse. A larger raise would help narrow the gap, helping with hiring and retention.

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At some point in March, the White House will publish its suggested budget for the upcoming fiscal year and this includes what the President feels the pay raise the federal workforce should be. Without action from Congress, this number ends up being the actual raise. Like last year, the White House suggested 5.2% and that’s what ended up happening despite the National Federation of Federal Employees strongly supporting the 8.7% in last year’s FAIR act. Also important to note that these figures are likely averages when factoring locality pay. The “across-the-board” raise suggested in the bill is likely 6.9% that averages out at 7.4% with locality.

FAIR Act History

The first version of the FAIR Act was in 2016 and was trying to set the federal pay raise for 2017. This year’s bill contains the second largest raise suggested in the FAIR acts with last year’s suggestion of 8.7% being the largest.

Year of FAIR Act Pay Raise Year Proposed Actual
2016 2017 5.3% 2.6%
2017 2018 3.2% 1.6%
2018 2019 3.0% 1.9%
2019 2020 3.6% 3.1%
2020 2021 3.5% 1.0%
2021 2022 3.2% 2.7%
2022 2023 5.1% 4.6%
2023 2024 8.7% 5.2%
2024 2025 7.4% ????


Until Next Time,

Benefits Ben, STWS

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2025 Federal Pay Raise - Image: Connolly

2025 Federal Pay Raise - FAIR Act