Job Benefits


The starting salary for a term appointed GS-7 Paralegal is $42,209 in 2010.  This salary is adjusted each year according to the government’s pay scale.  For a complete list of GS-7 salaries for the D.C. area, click here.

Vacation, Sick Leave, and Holidays

During their first three years, Federal employees earn 13 days of vacation leave as well as 13 days of sick leave.  In addition, Federal employees get a number of paid holidays each year. 

For more information on annual and sick leave policies, click here.  


Comparable to a private-sector tax-deferred 401(k) plan, the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is an important benefit designed to help you save for your future. 

FTC employees can contribute up to the IRS annual limit.  

1.  Agency Automatic (1%) Contributions:  When you become eligible, your agency automatically deposits into your TSP account an amount equal to 1% of your basic pay each pay period, even if you do not contribute your own money.  After 3 years of Federal civilian service (or 2 years in some cases), you are vested in these contributions and their earnings.

2.  Agency Matching Contributions:  When you become eligible, your agency will match the first 3% of basic pay you contribute each pay period dollar for dollar.  Each dollar of the next 2% of basic pay will be matched 50 cents on the dollar.  You are immediately vested in the matching contributions.

For more information on the TSP and your investment options, click here

Health/Life Insurance

Federal term employees are eligible for benefits through the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program.  Federal employees, retirees, and their survivors enjoy a wide selection of health plans.   

Subsidized Commuting

Washington, D.C. public transportation (including Metro trains and buses) is subsidized by the Federal government, currently up to $110 per month.  Both of the FTC’s DC buildings are conveniently located within walking distance of multiple Metro train stations and bus stops.

On-Site Health Unit

All FTC employees have access to a health unit that provides emergency medical care and treatment for minor illnesses, injuries, and allergies.  Also available are maintenance exams, free preventative health screening, administration of allergy and flu shots, and other medical regimens prescribed by a private physician.

On-Site Daycare Facility

An independent, on-site child care center for children ages three months to pre-kindergarten is available at the Washington, D.C. office, space permitting.