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Border Patrol Processing Coordinator
Pay and Benefits

Border Patrol Processing Coordinators (BPPCs) are competitively rewarded for their time on the job. In addition to base salary, BPPCs may be eligible for locality pay, overtime pay and more.

  • Salary: Your salary corresponds to your grade level, as quoted on USAJOBS.
  • Overtime Pay: Overtime will not be regularly scheduled. You must be available, however, to work overtime on an unscheduled basis in excess of the 40-hour work week.
  • Locality Pay: You may receive pay on top of your salary, depending on what county you work in. Explore Locality Pay Tables.
  • Premium Pay: You may be eligible for premium pay for working on Sundays, holidays and night shifts.
  • Cash Awards: Outstanding performers may receive cash awards as recognition for their superior efforts, funding permitting.
  • Career Progression: Border Patrol Processing Coordinator is a career ladder position with a grade level progression of GS-5 and GS-6. For more information, visit the Career Progression section below.

Note: CBP operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is critical to our mission of protecting our nation's borders and citizens that BPPCs be available for work at any time their presence and skills are required. Therefore, it is a condition of employment that all BPPCs comply with this requirement, to be available as part of their regular work schedule on weekends, evenings and nights, holidays and unscheduled overtime as CBP determines necessary.

CBP offers Border Patrol Processing Coordinators substantial leave benefits and unique training opportunities, including:

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13 to 26 DAYS
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The maximum amount of annual leave that you may carry over into the following year is 30 days. There is no limit to the amount of sick leave that you may accrue. For more details, visit the Benefits page.


Disabled Veteran Leave

Employees eligible under the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act are entitled to disabled veteran leave for the purpose of undergoing medical treatment for a service connected disability. View the Disabled Veteran Leave Fact Sheet for more information.

CBP supports Border Patrol Processing Coordinators  with long-term career success, rapid promotion potential and first-rate training for new and current BPPCs. BPPC is a career ladder position with a grade level progression of GS-5 and GS-6. You may be eligible for a promotion to the next grade level without reapplying once you successfully complete one year in each grade level, with supervisor approval.

At the GS-6 level you will be eligible for within-grade increases, unless denied for poor performance. Within-grade increases (WGIs) or step increases are periodic increases in a GS employee's rate of basic pay from one step of the grade of his or her position to the next higher step of that grade. Positions with known promotion potential do not guarantee promotion, nor is the promise of promotion implied.

The CBP Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) reimburses Border Patrol Processing Coordinators (BPPCs) for off-duty post-secondary education costs of tuition, fees and books. 

A BPPC may apply for benefits up to $1750 per course and $5250 per calendar year for a professional certification or for any two- or four-year degree, including associates, bachelors, masters and doctorates. 

Employee health is of the utmost importance to CBP. Border Patrol Processing Coordinators are eligible to choose from a variety of medical insurance policies and other healthcare insurance options and take advantage of flexible spending accounts. Programs available include:

CBP continues to support Border Patrol Processing Coordinators (BPPCs) retiring from the agency with the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), which includes three streams of income:

FERS Basic Annuity: BPPCs that serve in the federal government are eligible to retire when they reach their Minimum Retirement Age (MRA) with 30 years of federal service, age 60 with 20 years of federal service, age 62 with 5 years of federal service, or with a reduced annuity when they reach MRA with at least 10 years of federal service.

Any of these retirement options will provide a pension for the duration of the retiree’s lifetime, which will be calculated based upon their total years of service and their high-3 (the average of their highest three consecutive years of federal salary). Learn more about FERS basic annuity.

Thrift Savings Plan: Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a defined contribution plan designed to give federal employees the same retirement savings-related benefits as with 401(K) plans in the private sector. Employees choose the amount to contribute, which is transferable if you change employers, with employer matching up to 5% of your base salary. Learn more about the Thrift Savings Plan.

Social Security: BPPC retirees may receive social security retirement payments; benefits are transferable if you change employers. Learn more about Social Security retirement benefits.