Pay and Benefits

image of magnifying glass highlighting work WagesIn the OCIO we are committed to providing competitive pay and benefits to our employees. The following information provides a brief overview of the salary and benefits offered at DOI and by the Federal Government. For additional information on pay and benefits please refer to your benefits guide or contact OCIO HCO.



Pay Calendar

DOI employees are paid biweekly on Tuesdays.  The calendar displays the payday, end of pay period, and federal holidays for the entire year. Access the pay calendar and other payroll topics.

Salary Table

Your salary (series, grade, and step) was discussed and you agreed to it upon your acceptance of employment. To view your current salary and other salaries, see the salary table. The salary table shows the General Schedule (GS), Senior Executive Service (SES), and other pay programs available in the Federal Government.

Flexible Spending Account

The Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is an account where you contribute money from your salary before taxes are withheld. You will then get reimbursed for your out-of-pocket health care and dependent care expenses.  If you are interested in this benefit, you must enroll within 60 days of your start date.  All employees can enroll, re-enroll, or remove themselves from this benefit during Open Season.  Access the FSA site now or contact OCIO HCO.

Employee Express

Employee Express is an online system used by the Federal Government that enables employees to access their payroll information.  Employees are able to view their LES statement, update and change direct deposit information and allotments, view/print W-2s, update Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), change their address, and perform many other options.  Employee Express will send your username and password to your home address within the first few weeks of your start date at which time you can access the system.

Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB)

As a new employee, you are eligible to enroll in our Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) Program.  This program includes: health, dental, vision, flexible spending account, life insurance, long term care, and other benefits.  You will have 60 days to enroll in the FEHB program.  There are a variety of plans that you may choose from that will best fit you and your family’s needs.  After the 60-day window has passed, the only other time an employee is able to enroll is during open season or if a Qualifying Life Event (QLE) has occurred.  Please visit the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program website for in-depth information on FEHB, QLEs, and your benefits guide or contact the OCIO HCO.

DOI Federal Credit Union Membership

The option to be a member of the Interior Federal Credit is considered one of the many benefits of being an Interior employee, just as other benefits such as health/vision/dental/life/long-term care insurance, transit subsidy, and thrift savings. The Department of Interior Federal Credit Union (DOIFCU) is a financial cooperative, owned and operated by its members. Members deposit money and that money is distributed to other members in the form of loans. After operating expenses and reserve requirements are met, income is returned to all members in the form of higher share dividends, lower loan rates and other low-cost financial services.  To become a member click here.

Transit Subsidy

Transit subsidy is a program offered to DOI employees to subsidize their commuting expenses.  A standard monthly allowance is given to employees.  The amount is contingent upon how many days you travel to work, where your home is, and the mode of transportation you use to commute to work. Please allow two to three weeks after your start date to apply for this benefit.​ For additional information, please visit the Transit Subsidy Benefit Program.