What is the USAID Maximum Daily Rate?

SES Pay System Structure Annual Minimum Annual Maximum Maximum Daily Rate Year

Source: http://www.opm.gov
Agencies with a Certified SES Performance Appraisal System $123,175 $185,100 $711.92 2016
Agencies without a Certified SES Performance Appraisal System $123,175
$170,400 $655.38 2016

In 2016, the maximum daily rate is $655.38 ($648.85 in 2015) excluding allowances (post differential, danger pay, Post Allowance/Cost of Living Allowance - COLA) and others which depend on the posting. The maximum daily rate is calculated as follows for 2016 and 2015:

Note: Certain senior political officials may not receive a pay increase in 2015 or receive the 2015 established pay rates due to section 738 of title VII of division E of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015. Section 738 continues the freeze on the payable pay rates for the Vice President and certain senior political appointees at applicable 2013 levels.

2016: $170,400/2080 = $81.92 Hourly Rate * 8 hours = $655.38 Daily Rate

2015: $168,700/2080 = $81,11 Hourly Rate * 8 hours = $648.85 Daily Rate

Agencies without a Certified SES Performance Appraisal System

Historic Table

2016, $655.38

2015, $648.85
2014, $642.31
2013, $635.77
2012, $635.77
2011, $635.77
2010, $635.77
2009, $626.54
2008, $609.62
2007, $594.62
2006, $584.62
2005, $573.85
2004, $557.69

When researching the rate, please follow these steps:

  • Go to the OPM Senior Executive Service web page at www.opm.gov
  • Go to the Salaries & Wages page
  • Look for Schedule for "Basic Rates of Pay for Members of the Senior Executive Service"
  • Look at the maximum for "Agencies without a Certified SES Performance Appraisal System"

 Some additional notes:

  • Only professionals with a salary history (documented with a valid form AID1420-17 - the so-called "biodata sheet") that supports remuneration level at the CST threshold may be remunerated at the maximum level (very few are). Only the base rate counts. Per diem, bonuses and other allowances are not taken into consideration when a consultant's daily rate is determined.
  • The CST policy applies to types of contracts in which the actual salary of the individual is considered in establishing the price or the fixed labor rate for services.
  • The base for hourly rate calculation: USAID policy requires contract rates to be established on an hourly basis.
  • For estimating purposes, non-personal services contractor's rates are to be calculated based on 2080 hours/year, the number used by many private sector entities.
  • If a contractor employs methods or calculations using other than 2080 hours/year, the Contractor must annotate this in its proposal. The USAID CST is applicable to for-profit and non-profit firms. It is not applicable to grants or cooperative agreements.


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