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General Schedule (GS) Payscale in California for 2009

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The General Schedule (GS) payscale is the federal government payscale used to determine the salaries of over 70% of federal civilian employees.

Under the GS payscale, an employee's base pay depends on two factors - the GS Paygrade of their job, and the Paygrade Step they have achieved (depending on seniority or performance). This base pay is then modified based on a "Locality Pay Adjustment", which adjusts the GS payscale based on cost-of-living in different areas within the United States.

California has one or more Locality Pay Adjustment areas with special locality pay adjustment rates. This page lists the locality-adjusted yearly GS pay scales for each area, with starting pay for a GS-1 broken down by county in the interactive map. For a detailed calculation of your pay as a GS employee in California, see our General Schedule Pay Calculator.

SAN JOSE-SAN FRANCISCO-OAKLAND, CA

The SAN JOSE-SAN FRANCISCO-OAKLAND, CA General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in San Francisco and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 34.35% more than the GS base pay rates to account for local cost of living.

GS Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
GS-1$23,565$24,352$25,136$25,916$26,699$27,160$27,934$28,715$28,746$29,482
GS-2$26,495$27,125$28,001$28,746$29,067$29,921$30,776$31,630$32,484$33,339
GS-3$28,908$29,871$30,835$31,798$32,761$33,725$34,688$35,651$36,614$37,578
GS-4$32,454$33,535$34,617$35,698$36,780$37,861$38,943$40,024$41,106$42,187
GS-5$36,309$37,520$38,730$39,941$41,151$42,362$43,572$44,783$45,993$47,204
GS-6$40,473$41,822$43,171$44,520$45,868$47,217$48,566$49,915$51,264$52,613
GS-7$44,976$46,476$47,975$49,474$50,974$52,473$53,972$55,472$56,971$58,470
GS-8$49,810$51,471$53,131$54,792$56,453$58,113$59,774$61,434$63,095$64,755
GS-9$55,015$56,849$58,683$60,517$62,350$64,184$66,018$67,852$69,686$71,520
GS-10$60,585$62,604$64,624$66,643$68,662$70,682$72,701$74,720$76,739$78,759
GS-11$66,562$68,780$70,999$73,217$75,435$77,653$79,871$82,089$84,307$86,525
GS-12$79,781$82,440$85,099$87,757$90,416$93,075$95,734$98,393$101,051$103,710
GS-13$94,871$98,034$101,196$104,359$107,522$110,684$113,847$117,009$120,172$123,335
GS-14$112,108$115,846$119,584$123,321$127,059$130,796$134,534$138,272$142,009$145,747
GS-15$131,873$136,269$140,664$145,060$149,456$153,200*$153,200*$153,200*$153,200*$153,200*

The San Francisco locality pay rate also applies to Alameda, Antioch, Berkeley, Concord, Daly City, Dublin, Fairfield, Fremont, Hayward, Monterey, Oakland, Petaluma, Richmond, Salinas, San Francisco, San Jose, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Rosa, Stockton, Sunnyvale, Vallejo, Fort Hunter Liggett, and other cities within the region.

Government installations that use the San Francisco GS locality include Naval Postgraduate School, Travis Air Force Base, Defense Distribution Depot, and other facilities within the region.

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LOS ANGELES-LONG BEACH, CA

The LOS ANGELES-LONG BEACH, CA General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Los Angeles and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 26.51% more than the GS base pay rates to account for local cost of living.

GS Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
GS-1$22,190$22,931$23,669$24,404$25,141$25,575$26,304$27,039$27,068$27,761
GS-2$24,949$25,542$26,367$27,068$27,370$28,175$28,980$29,784$30,589$31,393
GS-3$27,221$28,128$29,035$29,942$30,849$31,757$32,664$33,571$34,478$35,385
GS-4$30,560$31,578$32,597$33,615$34,633$35,652$36,670$37,689$38,707$39,725
GS-5$34,191$35,330$36,470$37,610$38,750$39,890$41,030$42,170$43,309$44,449
GS-6$38,111$39,381$40,651$41,922$43,192$44,462$45,732$47,002$48,272$49,543
GS-7$42,352$43,764$45,175$46,587$47,999$49,411$50,823$52,235$53,647$55,058
GS-8$46,904$48,467$50,031$51,595$53,158$54,722$56,286$57,849$59,413$60,977
GS-9$51,805$53,531$55,258$56,985$58,712$60,439$62,166$63,893$65,619$67,346
GS-10$57,050$58,951$60,853$62,754$64,655$66,557$68,458$70,360$72,261$74,163
GS-11$62,678$64,767$66,855$68,944$71,033$73,122$75,210$77,299$79,388$81,476
GS-12$75,125$77,629$80,133$82,636$85,140$87,644$90,147$92,651$95,154$97,658
GS-13$89,335$92,313$95,291$98,269$101,247$104,225$107,203$110,181$113,159$116,137
GS-14$105,566$109,086$112,605$116,125$119,644$123,164$126,683$130,203$133,722$137,242
GS-15$124,177$128,317$132,456$136,595$140,735$144,874$149,014$153,153$153,200*$153,200*

The Los Angeles locality pay rate also applies to Anaheim, Bakersfield, Barstow, Burbank, Corona, Costa Mesa, Downey, El Monte, El Segundo, Fontana, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Glendale, Huntington Beach, Inglewood, Irvine, Lancaster, Lompoc, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Los Angeles, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Norwalk, Ontario, Orange, Oxnard, Palmdale, Pasadena, Pomona, Port Hueneme, Rancho Cucamonga, Rialto, Ridgecrest, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Buenaventura (Ventura), San Luis Obispo, Santa Ana, Santa Clarita, Santa Maria, Seal Beach, Simi Valley, Temecula, Thousand Oaks, Torrance, Twentynine Palms, Victorville, West Covina, Edwards, and other cities within the region.

Government installations that use the Los Angeles GS locality include Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station, March Air Force Base, March Air Force Base, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Edwards Air Force Base, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Naval Base Ventura County, and other facilities within the region.

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SAN DIEGO-CARLSBAD, CA

The SAN DIEGO-CARLSBAD, CA General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in San Diego and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 23.44% more than the GS base pay rates to account for local cost of living.

GS Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
GS-1$21,651$22,375$23,094$23,812$24,531$24,955$25,666$26,383$26,411$27,088
GS-2$24,344$24,923$25,727$26,411$26,706$27,491$28,276$29,061$29,847$30,632
GS-3$26,561$27,446$28,331$29,216$30,101$30,986$31,871$32,756$33,641$34,526
GS-4$29,818$30,812$31,806$32,799$33,793$34,787$35,780$36,774$37,768$38,761
GS-5$33,361$34,473$35,585$36,697$37,810$38,922$40,034$41,146$42,258$43,371
GS-6$37,186$38,426$39,665$40,904$42,144$43,383$44,622$45,862$47,101$48,340
GS-7$41,324$42,702$44,079$45,457$46,834$48,212$49,590$50,967$52,345$53,722
GS-8$45,765$47,291$48,817$50,343$51,868$53,394$54,920$56,445$57,971$59,497
GS-9$50,547$52,232$53,917$55,602$57,287$58,972$60,657$62,342$64,027$65,712
GS-10$55,665$57,521$59,376$61,231$63,086$64,942$66,797$68,652$70,508$72,363
GS-11$61,157$63,195$65,233$67,271$69,309$71,347$73,385$75,423$77,461$79,499
GS-12$73,302$75,745$78,188$80,631$83,074$85,517$87,960$90,403$92,845$95,288
GS-13$87,167$90,073$92,979$95,884$98,790$101,696$104,602$107,508$110,413$113,319
GS-14$103,005$106,439$109,873$113,307$116,741$120,175$123,609$127,043$130,477$133,911
GS-15$121,164$125,203$129,242$133,281$137,320$141,359$145,398$149,436$153,200*$153,200*

The San Diego locality pay rate also applies to Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Coronado, El Cajon, Escondido, Oceanside, San Diego, and other cities within the region.

Government installations that use the San Diego GS locality include North Island Naval Air Station, San Diego Naval Station, and other facilities within the region.

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SACRAMENTO-ROSEVILLE, CA-NV

The SACRAMENTO-ROSEVILLE, CA-NV General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Sacramento and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 21.53% more than the GS base pay rates to account for local cost of living.

GS Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
GS-1$21,316$22,029$22,737$23,443$24,152$24,569$25,269$25,975$26,003$26,669
GS-2$23,967$24,537$25,329$26,003$26,293$27,066$27,839$28,612$29,385$30,158
GS-3$26,150$27,021$27,892$28,764$29,635$30,506$31,378$32,249$33,121$33,992
GS-4$29,357$30,335$31,313$32,292$33,270$34,248$35,227$36,205$37,183$38,162
GS-5$32,845$33,940$35,035$36,130$37,225$38,320$39,415$40,510$41,605$42,700
GS-6$36,611$37,831$39,051$40,271$41,492$42,712$43,932$45,152$46,372$47,592
GS-7$40,685$42,041$43,397$44,753$46,110$47,466$48,822$50,179$51,535$52,891
GS-8$45,057$46,559$48,061$49,564$51,066$52,568$54,070$55,572$57,074$58,576
GS-9$49,765$51,424$53,083$54,742$56,401$58,060$59,719$61,378$63,036$64,695
GS-10$54,804$56,631$58,457$60,284$62,110$63,937$65,764$67,590$69,417$71,243
GS-11$60,211$62,217$64,224$66,230$68,237$70,243$72,250$74,256$76,263$78,269
GS-12$72,168$74,573$76,978$79,383$81,788$84,194$86,599$89,004$91,409$93,814
GS-13$85,818$88,679$91,540$94,401$97,262$100,122$102,983$105,844$108,705$111,566
GS-14$101,411$104,792$108,173$111,554$114,935$118,316$121,696$125,077$128,458$131,839
GS-15$119,289$123,265$127,242$131,218$135,195$139,171$143,148$147,124$151,101$153,200*

The Sacramento locality pay rate also applies to Elk Grove, Marysville, Roseville, Sacramento, McClellan, and other cities within the region.

Government installations that use the Sacramento GS locality include Beale Air Force Base, McClellan Air Force Base, and other facilities within the region.

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Rest of California

Any federal employees in California who do not live in an area for which a specific Locality Pay Adjustment has been set will receive the generic "Rest of the United States" locality pay adjustment of 13.86% (shown in the table below).

GS Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
GS-1$19,971$20,638$21,302$21,964$22,627$23,018$23,674$24,335$24,361$24,985
GS-2$22,454$22,988$23,731$24,361$24,634$25,358$26,082$26,806$27,530$28,254
GS-3$24,499$25,316$26,132$26,948$27,765$28,581$29,398$30,214$31,030$31,847
GS-4$27,504$28,421$29,337$30,254$31,170$32,087$33,003$33,920$34,837$35,753
GS-5$30,772$31,798$32,824$33,849$34,875$35,901$36,927$37,953$38,979$40,005
GS-6$34,300$35,443$36,587$37,730$38,873$40,016$41,159$42,302$43,446$44,589
GS-7$38,117$39,388$40,658$41,929$43,200$44,470$45,741$47,012$48,282$49,553
GS-8$42,214$43,621$45,028$46,436$47,843$49,250$50,657$52,065$53,472$54,879
GS-9$46,625$48,179$49,733$51,287$52,841$54,395$55,950$57,504$59,058$60,612
GS-10$51,345$53,056$54,768$56,479$58,190$59,902$61,613$63,324$65,036$66,747
GS-11$56,411$58,291$60,170$62,050$63,930$65,810$67,690$69,570$71,449$73,329
GS-12$67,613$69,867$72,120$74,373$76,627$78,880$81,133$83,387$85,640$87,893
GS-13$80,402$83,083$85,763$88,443$91,123$93,804$96,484$99,164$101,844$104,525
GS-14$95,010$98,178$101,346$104,513$107,681$110,848$114,016$117,184$120,351$123,519
GS-15$111,760$115,486$119,211$122,937$126,662$130,388$134,113$137,839$141,564$145,290

The Rest of U.S. locality pay rate also applies to Clovis, El Centro, Fresno, Lemoore, Modesto, San Joaquin, Visalia, Niland, Bridgeport, Herlong, and other cities within the region.

Government installations that use the Rest of U.S. GS locality include Naval Air Station, and other facilities within the region.

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* For some high-paygrade workers pay under the GS scale may be capped at $153,200, which is the SES (Senior Executive Scale)'s Level 4 pay for the current year (5 U.S.C. 5304 (g)(1)).


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