In addition to the core benefits all employees are offered, Patent Examiners also receive:
Enhanced Federal Government Salary Rates
The USPTO is dependant upon great talent, especially for Patent Examiners. In order to maintain
competitiveness with the private sector and to continue recruiting and retaining the most qualified people
possible, pay rates have been increased above standard GS levels by OPM. Rates have increased from 30-50%,
depending on GS level. These special rates are reviewed periodically and compared to private sector rates
to assure that we’re maintaining a competitive pace with the private sector.