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Office of Allowances

Office of Allowances

Post Hardship Differential

Post Hardship Differential: Post hardship differential is meant to compensate employees for service at places in foreign areas where conditions of environment differ substantially from conditions of environment in the continental United States and warrant additional compensation as a recruitment and retention incentive. It is paid as a percentage of basic compensation in 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35% increments. In addition to being paid to permanently-assigned personnel, post differential may also be paid to employees on extended detail either from the U.S. or from foreign posts. See DSSR 500 for further information.


Note: All posts are required to submit Post Hardship Differential surveys via eAllowances (Intranet ONLY)

SF-1190 (07/2009) - Foreign Allowances Application, Grant and Report


Post (Hardship) Differential Rates

*DEA and FBI receive danger pay and adjusted post differential at additional locations listed in  footnote "u" 
**To view DOD imminent danger pay see footnote "v"

Pie Chart of Hardship Categories by Relative Weight (05/2015)

Allowances by Location
*To view Reporting Schedule select Allowances by Location and enter your post


 Post Hardship Differential

 - Changes in Administration of Post Hardship Differential (2015)

 - Footnote 'n' Posts

Foreign Service Assignment Notebook

For Standardized Regulation interpretation: