Post allowance increases in South Korea
SEOUL — U.S. government civilians living in South Korea can expect a bigger paycheck next month, according to the State Department’s Office of Allowances.
The post allowance for civilians in Seoul, Osan, Uijeongbu and Daegu went from 15 percent to 20 percent of their expendable income Sunday. The increase, based on the currency exchange rate, will show up in the Aug. 13 paycheck.
Post allowance is meant to supplement the cost of living overseas, and is calculated by comparing the price of goods and services in a foreign location to the price of those same items in Washington, D.C.
Civilian allowances are updated biweekly by the State Department, and the dollar amount increase varies for each U.S. civilian employee depending on salary, location and family size.
There will also be a slight increase in the annual living quarters allowance for those without families. The yearly LQA rate will climb from $53,400 to 54,000.
Allowances tables can be found at the State Department Web site, http://aoprals.state.gov.