I just wanted to see if anyone has gone through this recently, as other threads I've found are a few years old. Will I be able to save pay when I transfer over to the FAA? I'm currently a Federal employee (GS12), and was told by my HR rep that at the Academy I will be paid a little more than other trainee's but no even close to my current salary. But according to the NATCA Collective Bargaining Agreement (2016) " Article 108: Pay Section 5(c) Section 5. New Hire/New Entrant/Re-Entrant Pay Setting. a. New Hire (required to attend Initial Qualifications (IQ) Training): Basic Pay for terminal and en route employees is set at the AG pay band effective the day after their graduation from the FAA Academy. Basic Pay for Flight Service employees is set at the FSS IQ pay band upon entering initial qualifications training and is set at the FSS AG pay band upon successful completion thereof. b. New Hire (not required to attend Initial Qualifications Training): Basic Pay set at the AG pay band upon the effective date of his/her appointment to his/her facility of record. c. New Entrant: A new entrant will retain his/her current federal pay up to the maximum of the Developmental-3 pay . d. For a Military or DOD Civilian controller with fifty-two (52) consecutive weeks experience as a certified air traffic controller, Basic Pay shall be set at the lowest developmental pay level for the assigned ATC facility upon the effective date of their appointment to their facility of record." So if I'm reading and understanding this correctly I should be allowed to save pay when I switch over, since I fall under "New Entrant". Any input or experience is greatly appreciated.