Q & A Session – Accepted a Lower Grade


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


I am currently a GS 6 step 6 level. I have recently accepted a position where I can move up to a GS 7, but will have to begin as a GS 5. They want me to start as a GS 5 step 7, but my current pay is comparable to a GS 5 step 10, so my annual pay will be lower. Can you explain why this may be?


You don’t have to accept the position. Sometimes you have to take one step back to take five steps forward. It is a calculated, careful decision you should make about your opportunities.

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw, Bransford & Roth, PC.

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