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U.S. government civilian workers at Yokosuka and in Tokyo city received hikes in post allowance effective this week, according to figures the State Department’s Office of Allowances released Sunday.

The allowance at and around Yokosuka Naval Base increased from 30 percent to 35 percent of spendable income.

Allowance rates in Tokyo city also increased, rising from 50 percent of spendable income to 60 percent, the agency reported.

Spendable income reflects the difference in prices of goods and services in overseas locations. Rates for overseas civilians are calculated by the State Department.

Rates in those locations decreased a month ago and the increase this week put the allowances back to levels in early December, according to State Department records.

Post allowance rates for South Korea and all other areas of Japan did not change.

The changes were based on currency exchange rate data reported to the Office of Allowances on Dec. 13, the agency said.

Rates are reported and adjusted biweekly by the State Department.

The dollar amount increase varies for each U.S. civilian employee depending on salary, location and family size.

To see how a paycheck will be affected, employees can use allowance tables available at the State Department Web site at http://aoprals.state.gov

The tax-free money is meant to cushion the sometimes higher costs of living overseas.

Every four years, the State Department surveys civilian workers on their habits of spending on items such as food, housekeeping, home furnishings and equipment, clothes, transportation, health care, entertainment, books and magazines, alcohol and tobacco.

That data is compared to costs of living in Washington, D.C., and overseas civilian workers are compensated to make their living standard comparable to that of a person with a similar salary and family size in the U.S. capital.


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