The NOAA Corps Payroll Unit processes, updates and ensures that all aspects of officers' pay is handled as effectively and efficiently as possible from the time they enter the Corps until they are no longer on active duty. It is responsible for many pay processes, including but not limited to explaining the monthly Leave and Earnings Statement as necessary along with ensuring that the pay entitlements are correct based on an officer's duty location. The Unit is also responsible for processing the reporting of leave, verification of employment, and estimated earnings statements.
The Payroll Unit processes all the entitlements through the Joint Uniform Military Pay System (JUMPS) located at the U. S. Coast Guard Pay and Personnel Center, in Topeka, KS. This relationship between NOAA and the U. S. Coast Guard has existed since 1985, with the NOAA Corps Payroll Unit being physically located onsite in Topeka, KS beginning in 1999. The Unit has two full time NOAA civilian employees dedicated to the NOAA Corps officers.