Federal Hiring Benchmarks

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Federal Hiring Managers are Required by Law to use Benchmarks

Federal law requires that job postings be graded according to objective criteria, and measured against clearly established benchmarks. The benchmarks clarify, for example, what qualifies an Accounting job to be posted as a GS-11 level instead of GS-9.

These illustrative standards have been buried in thousands of PDF files on government servers.

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Comprehensive Federal Benchmarks by Job Series

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We have extracted, digitized and classified the pertinent examples from these documents. Job descriptions are short. Our federal benchmarks cover the entire position from many different angles. You can't help but find a new way to express something you have done in a more impressive way.

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Our easy to use online wizard can estimate your GS-Level, and allow you to expand your work experience in ways you might not have considered, but hiring managers clearly value. Great way to refesh stale job experiences.

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Job Titles Included

  • Accounting Budget and Finance GS-500
  • Accounting Technician GS-525
  • Budget Clerical and Assistance GS-561
  • Cash Processing GS-530
  • Civilian Pay GS-544
  • Financial Clerical and Technician GS-503
  • Insurance Accounts GS-593
  • Military Pay GS-545
  • Tax Examining GS-592
  • Voucher Examining GS-540

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Specialties Included

  • Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Budget Analysis
  • Financial Administration
  • Financial Administration and Program
  • Financial Administration and Programs
  • Internal Revenue
  • Internal Revenue Agent
  • Tax Specialist

Job Titles Included

  • Accounting GS-510
  • Auditing GS-511
  • Budget Analysis GS-560
  • Financial Administration and Program GS-501
  • Internal Revenue Agent GS-512
  • Tax Specialist GS-526

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Job Titles Included

  • Equipment Operator GS-350
  • Mail and File GS-305
  • Management and Program Clerk and Assistant GS-344
  • Messenger GS-302
  • Miscellaneous Clerk and Assistant GS-303
  • Secretary GS-318
  • Secretary GS-318
  • Telecommunications Processing GS-390

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Job Titles Included

  • GS-346
  • Administrative Officer GS-341
  • Clerk Stenographer and Reporter GS-312
  • ClerkTypist GS-322
  • Closed Microphone Reporting GS-319
  • Coding GS-357
  • Communications Clerical GS-394
  • Computer Clerk and Assistant GS-335
  • Computer Operation GS-332
  • Computer Specialist GS-334
  • Correspondence Clerk GS-309
  • Data Transcriber GS-356
  • Equal Opportunity Assistance GS-361
  • Equal Opportunity Compliance GS-360
  • Equipment Operator GS-350
  • GAO Analyst GS-347
  • General Telecommunications GS-392
  • Information Receptionist GS-304
  • Logistics Management GS-346
  • Mail and File GS-305
  • Management and Program Analysis GS-343
  • Management and Program Clerk and Assistant GS-344
  • Management, Administration, Clerical, and Office Services GS-300
  • Messenger GS-302
  • Miscellaneous Administration and Program GS-301
  • Miscellaneous Clerk and Assistant GS-303
  • Office Automation Clerical and Assistance GS-326
  • Presidential Management Fellows Program GS-352
  • Printing Clerk GS-351
  • Program Management GS-340
  • Secretary GS-318
  • Security Clerical and Assistance GS-86
  • Student Trainee GS-399
  • Supervisory Government Information Specialist GS-306
  • Support Services Administration GS-342
  • Telecommunications GS-391
  • Telecommunications Processing GS-390
  • Telephone Operating GS-382
  • Work Unit Supervising GS-313

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Job Titles Included

  • Electronic Industrial Controls Mechanic GS-2606

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Job Titles Included

  • Electronic Integrated Systems Mechanic GS-2610

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Job Titles Included

  • Electronic Measurement Equipment Mechanic GS-2602

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Job Titles Included

  • Electronics Mechanic GS-2604

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Specialties Included

  • (Classification)
  • (Employee & Labor Relations)
  • (Employee Benefits)
  • (Human Resources Development)
  • (Information Systems)
  • (Military)
  • (Performance Management)
  • (Recruitment & Placement)

Job Titles Included

  • Human Resources GS-200
  • Human Resources Assistance GS-203
  • Human Resources Assistance GS-203

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Specialties Included

  • (Classification)
  • (Compensation)
  • (Employee Benefits)
  • (Employee Relations)
  • (Human Resource Development)
  • (Information Systems)
  • (Labor Relations)
  • (Military)
  • (Performance Management)
  • (Recruitment & Placement)
  • Human Resources Specialist

Job Titles Included

  • Human Resources GS-200
  • Human Resources Management GS-201
  • Quality Inspection Student Trainee GS-1999
  • Social Science, Psychology, and Welfare GS-100

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Specialties Included

  • (Applications Software)
  • (Customer Support)
  • (Data Management)
  • (Enterprise Architecture)
  • (Internet)
  • (Network Services)
  • (Operating Systems)
  • (Policy and Planning)
  • (Security)
  • (Systems Administration)
  • (Systems Analysis)

Job Titles Included

  • Information Technology GS-2210
  • Information Technology GS-2200

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Job Titles Included

  • Agricultural Warehouse Inspection GS-1850
  • Border Patrol Enforcement GS-1896
  • Border Patrol Enforcement GS-1896
  • Criminal Investigation GS-1811
  • Criminal Investigation GS-1811
  • Customs and Border Protection GS-1895
  • Customs and Border Protection GS-1895
  • Customs and Border Protection Interdiction GS-1881
  • Equal Opportunity Investigation GS-1860
  • Equal Opportunity Investigation GS-1860
  • General Investigation GS-1810
  • Import Compliance GS-1889
  • Import Compliance GS-1889
  • Investigative Analysis GS-1805
  • Investigative Analysis GS-1805
  • Mine Safety and Health Inspection GS-1822
  • Mine Safety and Health Inspection GS-1822
  • Wage and Hour Investigation GS-1849
  • Wage and Hour Investigation GS-1849

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Specialties Included

  • Clinical
  • Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Consumer Safety
  • Denistry
  • Dentistry
  • Dietetics and Nutrition
  • General Medical and Healthcare
  • General Medical Sciences
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Kinesiotherapy
  • Laboratory
  • Language Pathology and Audiology
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optometrist
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician
  • Physician Assistant
  • Podiatry
  • Recreation/ Creative Arts Therapy
  • Recreation/Creative Arts Therapy
  • Science
  • Speech/
  • Speech/ Language Pathology and Audiology
  • Speech/Language Pathology and Audiology

Job Titles Included

  • Consumer Safety GS-696
  • Dental Officer GS-680
  • Dietitian and Nutritionist GS-630
  • Industrial Hygiene GS-690
  • Kinesiotherapy GS-635
  • Medical Officer GS-602
  • Medical Technologist GS-644
  • Nurse GS-610
  • Occupational Therapist GS-631
  • Optometrist GS-662
  • Pharmacist GS-660
  • Physical Therapist GS-633
  • Physician Assistant GS-603
  • Podiatrist GS-668
  • RecreationCreative Arts Therapist GS-638
  • Speech Pathology and Audiology GS-665

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Specialties Included

  • Police Officers:
  • Security Guards:

Job Titles Included

  • Police GS-83
  • Security Guard GS-85

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Job Titles Included

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    Job Titles Included

    • Telecommunications Mechanic GS-2502

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    Multi Factor Analysis

    Just point and click your way through our wizard which is subdivided up in as many as 9 factors, and multiple scoring levels from each factor.

    Benchmarks Across These Factors

    Knowledge (1550 pts max)

    Knowledge and skills required for the position. See exactly what skills are most valued and strengthen those in your resume.

    Supervision (650 pts)

    See what work scenarios demonstrate responsibility, you may be suprised to find that more of these apply to you than your resume currently displays.

    Guidelines (650 pts)

    Guidelines have to do with structure, ambiguity and finding innovative solutions to problems. See job title specific examples and see if you can blend these into your application package.

    Complexity of Work (450 pts)

    This factor is the nature, number, variety, and intricacy of tasks, steps, processes, or methods in the work performed; the difficulty in identifying what needs to be done; and the difficulty and originality involved in performing the work.

    Scope and Effect of Work (450 pts)

    “Scope and Effect” covers the relationship between the nature of the work, i.e., the purpose, breadth, and depth of the assignment, and the effect of work products or services both within and outside the organization.

    Work Contacts and more (330 pts)

    The difficulty and complexity involved in workplace communication and interactions with co-workers, supervisors customers and constituencies, both inside an outside of your organization.

    How it works

    Instead of reading 200+ pages of this IT classification document:

    Take a few minutes and explore the extracted data you want, in this easy to use wizard:

    See your estimated GS-Level Score:

    Apply your results to improve your resume:

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