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What Is A Per Diem Allowance? What Is The Rate?

Per Diem Allowance

Per diem or daily allowance is a specific amount of money that an organization gives an individual, typically an employee, per day to cover living expenses when travelling on the employer’s business. A per diem payment can cover part or all of the expenses incurred.

Per diem is an allowance paid to your employees for lodging, meals, and incidental expenses incurred when travelling. This allowance is in lieu of paying their actual travel expenses.

How do I find the per diem rate for (city/county, state)?

Please visit to find the rates. Click on the state you need to view that state’s rates or enter the location in the search box. Even though some cities are listed for your lookup convenience, not all cities can or will be listed, so look for the county where you will be working. To look up the county, visit If the city or county you are looking for is not listed on the GSA per diem rate page, then the standard CONUS rate applies.

Per Diem Rates are set each calendar year to start October 1st.

Find current rates in the continental United States (“CONUS Rates”) by searching below with city and state (or ZIP code), or by clicking on the map, or use the new per diem tool to calculate rates this year. Go to

View High Cost Localities For Per Diem Allowances

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