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Pay & Benefits

Play a critical role in the safety and efficiency of air travel and receive exceptional benefits, extraordinary work life programs, excellent education opportunities and competitive salaries. Our pay for performance programs and robust Federal benefits package rival, and often exceed, those offered in the private sector.

The following Total Rewards are offered to all FAA employees and include:


FAA offers a variety of pay plans, with pay for performance opportunities and flexible broad pay bands that provide:

  • Competitive salaries designed to reward education, experience and performance
  • Opportunity to earn annual pay increases based on performance, not just longevity
  • The unique opportunity for managers to earn annual incentive payments based on individual and agency performance
  • Performance-based incentives, cash and time off awards

Talent Development

As an FAA employee, you'll have access to continuous opportunities to learn, grow personally and professionally, enhance your team, and develop others. FAA employees can choose from a variety of opportunities for professional growth including:

  • Onsite training
  • Web-based courses
  • Peer mentoring
  • Personalized development plans
  • Leadership development
  • Management training programs

Benefits & WorkLife

We not only offer comprehensive benefits and worklife programs to secure your future and balance your daily needs but also provide you stellar service for managing these programs through our Benefits Operations Center.

Retirement (Securing your future)

  • Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) with immediate vesting on FAA match
  • FERS Retirement Pension Plan

Health and Welfare Benefits

  • Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB)
  • Dental and Vision Benefits
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-term Care Insurance

Paid Time Off

  • 23 Days minimum paid time off (Holiday leave: 10 days per year; vacation leave: 13-26 days accrued per year depending on length of service)
  • Sick leave is accumulated 13 days per year


  • Alternative Work Schedules
  • Telework
  • Nursing Mothers Program
  • Voluntary Leave Transfer Program
  • Child Care Subsidy
  • Employee Assistance Program offers:
    • Personal and elder care counseling
    • Concierge services
    • Health and wellness challenges
    • Legal & financial services
    • Childcare program services: Contact the FAA National Childcare Program Manager at 202-267-7995 for information and eligibility.
    • Support tools for managers
    • Onsite trainings

Other perks:

Depending on your office location, some of the below amenities are available.

  • On-site Health Unit for urgent medical care, flu shots, preventative screenings and more
  • On-site Healthcare Seminars and Employee-Provider Fairs
  • On-site Daycare Facilities
  • On-site Exercise Classes
  • On-site Locker Rooms
  • Transportation Subsidies
  • Full-service Cafeteria
Last updated: Tuesday, January 10, 2023