For my 100th post, I asked for ideas for future posts and a few of you were kind enough to throw some good topics my way. In the comments of that post, Jay asked about promotions and pay increases, particularly early in your Foreign Service career.
As mentioned in my all-time most popular post about salary in the Foreign Service, all FS generalists enter the service with a grade of FS-06 to FS-04. In addition to your grade, you are also assigned a step within that grade from 1 to 14. That step increases every year and comes with a small salary increase. The grade, however, changes only upon promotion.