Is a supervisor always paid more than a subordinate?
Supervisors of other GS employees ordinarily are classified at least one grade higher than subordinate employees. However, this does not necessarily mean that supervisors will be paid more than each of their subordinates, especially when various special forms of compensation are involved. For example, a subordinate may be receiving a retention incentive for being in a hard-to-fill position that would not apply to the supervisor. Similarly, student loan reimbursements and various other types of allowances may apply to one but not the other.
Supervisory differentials are paid in some cases to keep the supervisor’s pay ahead. The differential may not exceed 3 percent of the highest-paid subordinate’s salary.

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