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Compensation: Pay Periods and Pay Dates

Pay periods begin on a Sunday and end 2 weeks later on a Saturday.

There are usually 26 pay periods is a year.

Although official pay days are on alternating Thursdays, some financial institutions credit your accounts earlier (check with you bank or credit union).

You can look up the pay periods and pay dates on the National Finance Center’s (the Department’s personnel/payroll system) web page at: https://www.nfc.usda.gov/ppcalendar/ppcal2008.htm#pp3