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What is Salary of Government Employees in Pakistan

Last update: July 01, 2019


After completion of studies, most of the aspirants make job a main source of income to meet necessities of their life. They work in private organization or government department for a fixed regular payment, typically paid on a monthly basis which is called "salary". Apart from certain benefits in private and public sectors, the salary range in both organizations also differs. If you want to start your career in a government department, here are pay brackets in federal and provincial government organizations in Pakistan.

Salary in Government Departments

Salaries are regulated by Finance Department which is mainly responsible for provision of funds. In general, Basic Pay and Allowances constitute the salary. We can understand both constituents one by one in the following way:

Basic Pay Scale in Pakistan:

Basic Pay is a standard rate of pay which is given to the government employees before the allowances. This rate is set according to the government pay scales as prescribed by Finance Department. Govt Basic Pay is uniformed throughout Pakistan. Presently, Basic Pay Scales (BPS) are 1 to 22 and their notified rates are as under:

Basic Pay Scale
Column No.1 indicates pay scales.
Column No.2 indicates its stages.
Column No.3 indicates Minimum or start of the scale.
Column No.4 indicates annual increment.
Column No.5 indicates the Maximum or the last stage of scale.


Types of Allowances:

An allowance is given in addition to basic pay for specific purpose to an employee of the govt. Allowances, given to the employees in federal govt and provincial departments, are of following types:

1. Standard
The general and standard allowances prescribed are as under:

  1. House Rent Allowance @ 45% of Basic pay at Big Cities and @ 30 % of Basic pay.
  2. Medical Allowance @ 15% of Basic pay.
  3. Conveyance Allowance as per entitlement of scale.

2. Job Specific
There are other allowances which are job specific such as:

  1. Dispatch Rider Allowance @ Rs.2500 per month.
  2. Washing Allowance.
  3. Overtime Allowance.
  4. Weather Allowance.
  5. Hill Allowance.
  6. Field Allowance.
  7. Risk Allowance.
  8. Elite Allowance.

3. Department Specific
Some allowances are department specific and given to the employees only who work therein:

  1. Judicial Allowance.
  2. Secretariat Allowance.
  3. Special Allowance.
  4. Utility Allowance.
  5. House Requisition Allowance.

4. Qualification Based

  1. Qualification Allowance.
  2. PhD Allowance.
  3. MPhil Allowance.
  4. Advance Increment.

From the above discussion, it may be inferred safely that if general pay and allowances are applied then there is no difference in salaries of employees irrespective of their postings. It is the special/ department specific allowances which create the difference in salary. Sometimes provincial governments do announce different allowances and at the time of budget grant increase more or less to other provinces.

Basic Pay Scale 2019

In Budget 2018-2019, Finance Division, Government of Pakistan, has sanctioned with effect from 1st July, 2019, an Adhoc Relief Allowance 2019 to the civil employees of the Federal Government as well as the civilians paid from Defence Estimates including contigent paid staff and contract employees employed against civil posts in Basic Pay Scales on the standard terms and conditions of contract appointment. The increase will start from 1st July, 2019 that means the employees will start getting their increased amount (Adhoc Relief Allowance 2019) from 1st August, 2019.

Adhoc Relief Allowance 2019 Formula
The government has increased salaries of the employees in accordance with their Basic Pay Scales with the following formula:

  1. Employees working in BPS 01 to 16 will get 10% increase of their basic pay.
  2. Employees working in BPS 17 to 20 will get 5% increase of their basic pay.
  3. Employees of Basic Pay Scale 21 and above will get 0%.

How to Calculate Salary

Let suppose you have been appointed an Officer in Grade 17 and posted in Punjab Civil Secretariat, Lahore, the following wages are admissible to you:

Wage TypeAmount
Basic Pay (Minimum)30,370.00
Special Allowance 20% (2009)2,118.00
Adhoc Relief Allowance 2016 10%2,544.00
Adhoc Relief Allowance 2017 10%3,037.00
Adhoc Relief Allowance 2018 10%3,037.00
Adhoc Relief Allowance 2019 5%1,518.50
Civil Secretariat Allowance @50%15,185.00
Convey Allowance 20055,000.00
Medical Allowance 15% (16-22)2,396.00
House Rent 45% (2008) (big city)4,432.50
Gross Pay of 17 Grade (Approximate) Rs.69,638


  • Wages vary department to department, for example, you are in grade 17 and posted in a government department, Lahore, other than Punjab Civil Secretariat then you will not be admissible to a wage namely Civil Secretariat Allowance @50%.
  • Wages also vary post to post, for example, you are in grade 17 working as Superintendent or Private Secretary in Punjab Civil Secretariat another wage "Utility Allowance Rs.7000/- PM" is admissible to you.

MP Pay Scales (MPS)

MP Pay Scale: Special Pay Packages Known as MP (Management Position)

In the recent years, special pay package was introduced for Head of Organization or Project Heads; known as Management Position or MP Scales. The basic purpose of these scales was to hire technically qualified persons as Head of certain Departments and Projects on contract basis so their performance shall remain upto the mark. The other purpose was to attract the private experts by giving market based salaries.

These scales were revised in 2017. MP Scales are usually revised as the Revision of Basic Pay Scales takes place.

Types of MP Scales

There are three types of MP Scales known as MP-I, MP-II &; MP-III.

MP-I Scales has more salary and privileges. The minimum salary in MP-I scale is Rs.95,910/- plus the benefits such as vehicle & petrol, TA/DA as of BS-21 officer and other extended facilities.

MP-II Scales has less salary and privileges than MP-I. The minimum salary in MP-I scale is Rs.77,440/- plus the benefits such as vehicle & petrol, TA/DA as of BS-20 officer and other extended facilities.

MP-III Scales has less salary and privileges than MP-II & MP-III. Till 2018, the minimum salary in MP-I scale is Rs.65,060/- plus the benefits such as vehicle & petrol, TA/DA as of BS-19 officer and other extended facilities.

Revision of Basic Pay Scales

The basic principle behind the regulations of salary is to enable the govt employees to meet with their financial requirements. So, the basic pay scales are revised on this principle by federal as well as provincial governments. In past, basic pay scales have been revised on 5 years basis. Revision of basic pay scales has been done in 1991, 1994, 1999, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2016 and 2017. The revision has been done on frequent basis as the inflation has been rising. Last revision was done in year 2017. On account of pay scale revision, the salaries of the govt. employees are increased.

Salary in KPK

It is general impression that the salary in Khyber Pakhtun Khawa is higher than Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and Federal Departments. One such example is; KPK Government previously used to grant the increase in salaries more than the Federal Government. In year, 2013, 2014 and 2015, KPK Government did so when they granted 20%, 15% and 15% increase respectively as compared to Federal Government which allowed 10% every year. Another example is; Civil Secretariat in KPK where there are allowances such as Utility Allowance, Special Allowance & Secretariat Allowance. Higher Judiciary's employees enjoy the facility of Judicial Allowance which is normally equal to three basic pays.

Salary in Balochistan

Salaries of Balochistan Government employees are almost same to the Federal Government but it is more than Sindh and Punjab Provinces as in Balochistan the employees enjoy the benefit of House Requisition Allowance.

Salary of Punjab and Sindh Government Employee

Salaries of government employees in Punjab and Sindh Province are almost same to the Federal Government.

Salary in Gilgit Baltistan

Salaries in Gilgit Baltistan are less as compared to other provinces as it is new one and benefits are being extended slowly.

Writer is a Punjab Government servant (Pakistan). He writes voluntarily


Posted by Jummashehzad

Why such salary is not given to the judicial employees in kpk Pakistan?
We r not giving the salary on these rates.

Posted by Ahmad

i want to know the scales (in BPS) of CMP (General Doctor), Surveyor, Quantity Surveyor, Asstt Surveyor, SDO, Plumber, Electrician and drivers. please help me in this regard.


Posted by Umar farooq

Thanks for your kind updates
Can you tell me I have 2 years degree and some COMPUTER IT skills for which job I can apply in this two for my good career in future

Posted by arif

Do employees of pak secretariat get any special secretariat allowance?

Posted by Mohammad janis

Sir is this stenographer's salary? 14 grade including allowances

Posted by Amjad Sial

Sir, I am in BPS 15 salary is less. Is it expected that government will revise pay scale of government employees in its budget for the year 2019?

Posted by A HABIB

Dear Amjad Sial, The government did not revise pay scales, probably, because of its financial constrains. However, 10% and 5% of basic pay has been approved in favor of employees working in bps 1 to 16 and bps 17 to 20 respectively.

Posted by Amjad Sial

government employee salary should be increased by 30% of basic pay

Posted by Bilal Shams

Good information

Posted by Dr. Ali Raza Chughtai

Article style is absorbing.

Posted by Ijaz

Aoa.please can i get the detail of pay for 11th scale in education board, and 16th scale in Punjab Assembly.Will be very obliged to have an answer.Thanks

Posted by Fahad khan

plz give me sinfo about bps 17 in assistant director of board of inveestment

Posted by Ainuddin

The govt employees who are newly appointed in 2018 in balochistan,do they get adhoc relief 2016?????

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