Senior Executive Service (SES) salaries increased by 2.7 percent in 2009 compared to 3.5 percent in 2008 according to a new report from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Federal agencies submitted data to OMB on annual ratings, pay raises, and bonuses for over 7,000 SES personnel. Average SES salaries increased by $4,485 in FY2009, $1,342 lower than FY2008. The FY2009 average for DoD SES salaries (DoD has the largest SES population at over 1,200) at $4,239 was slightly lower than the total. The average bonus for career SES employees was $14,802 in FY2009, essentially unchanged from $14,815 in the previous year. However, the average bonus for DoD’s SES cadre was $16,686, almost 13 percent higher than for all SES employees. Even though the average bonus did not change, 78.5 percent of all SES employees received bonuses in FY2009 compared to 76.5 percent the previous year. A much higher share, 93.3 percent, of DoD SES personnel received bonuses in FY2009, but this share showed little increase from the 93 percent in FY2008. Even so, the share of SES employees receiving bonuses was greater than DoD at six other agencies, with the General Services Administration (GSA) reporting the highest share at 96.2 percent. The report also listed results on annual ratings for SES workers. Over 99 percent of all SES employees received a rating of fully successful or higher in FY2009, with almost fifty percent receiving the highest rating (outstanding or equivalent) in their rating plan. Only 29.3 percent of DoD senior executives were rated outstanding in FY2009, the lowest share of all agencies. The Agency for International Development (AID), reporting for only 21 senior executives, rated almost 86 percent of its SES employees as outstanding.