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General Schedule (GS) Payscale in California for 2013

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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 35.15% 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$24,061$24,865$25,665$26,461$27,261$27,731$28,522$29,319$29,351$30,097
GS-2$27,053$27,696$28,591$29,351$29,680$30,553$31,426$32,299$33,173$34,046
GS-3$29,517$30,501$31,485$32,468$33,452$34,436$35,420$36,404$37,388$38,372
GS-4$33,136$34,240$35,344$36,449$37,553$38,657$39,761$40,865$41,969$43,074
GS-5$37,073$38,308$39,544$40,779$42,014$43,249$44,485$45,720$46,955$48,190
GS-6$41,325$42,702$44,079$45,456$46,834$48,211$49,588$50,965$52,342$53,719
GS-7$45,923$47,454$48,985$50,516$52,048$53,579$55,110$56,641$58,173$59,704
GS-8$50,858$52,553$54,248$55,943$57,637$59,332$61,027$62,722$64,417$66,111
GS-9$56,172$58,044$59,916$61,788$63,660$65,532$67,403$69,275$71,147$73,019
GS-10$61,860$63,922$65,984$68,047$70,109$72,171$74,234$76,296$78,359$80,421
GS-11$67,963$70,228$72,493$74,758$77,023$79,288$81,554$83,819$86,084$88,349
GS-12$81,460$84,175$86,891$89,606$92,321$95,036$97,751$100,466$103,182$105,897
GS-13$96,867$100,096$103,325$106,554$109,782$113,011$116,240$119,469$122,697$125,926
GS-14$114,468$118,283$122,099$125,914$129,729$133,544$137,360$141,175$144,990$148,806
GS-15$134,647$139,136$143,624$148,112$152,601$155,500*$155,500*$155,500*$155,500*$155,500*

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 27.16% 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$22,638$23,395$24,148$24,897$25,649$26,092$26,836$27,586$27,615$28,317
GS-2$25,454$26,059$26,901$27,615$27,926$28,747$29,569$30,390$31,211$32,033
GS-3$27,772$28,697$29,623$30,549$31,475$32,400$33,326$34,252$35,178$36,103
GS-4$31,177$32,216$33,255$34,294$35,333$36,372$37,410$38,449$39,488$40,527
GS-5$34,881$36,044$37,206$38,368$39,530$40,692$41,855$43,017$44,179$45,341
GS-6$38,882$40,177$41,473$42,769$44,065$45,361$46,656$47,952$49,248$50,544
GS-7$43,208$44,648$46,089$47,530$48,971$50,411$51,852$53,293$54,733$56,174
GS-8$47,852$49,446$51,041$52,635$54,230$55,825$57,419$59,014$60,608$62,203
GS-9$52,852$54,613$56,374$58,135$59,896$61,657$63,419$65,180$66,941$68,702
GS-10$58,202$60,143$62,083$64,024$65,964$67,905$69,845$71,786$73,726$75,667
GS-11$63,945$66,076$68,207$70,339$72,470$74,601$76,732$78,863$80,995$83,126
GS-12$76,644$79,199$81,754$84,308$86,863$89,418$91,972$94,527$97,082$99,636
GS-13$91,141$94,179$97,216$100,254$103,292$106,330$109,368$112,406$115,443$118,481
GS-14$107,701$111,290$114,880$118,470$122,060$125,649$129,239$132,829$136,419$140,008
GS-15$126,687$130,910$135,133$139,356$143,579$147,802$152,025$155,500*$155,500*$155,500*

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), 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 24.19% 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$22,110$22,848$23,584$24,315$25,050$25,483$26,209$26,942$26,970$27,656
GS-2$24,859$25,450$26,272$26,970$27,273$28,076$28,878$29,680$30,482$31,285
GS-3$27,123$28,027$28,931$29,835$30,740$31,644$32,548$33,452$34,356$35,260
GS-4$30,449$31,464$32,478$33,493$34,507$35,522$36,537$37,551$38,566$39,581
GS-5$34,067$35,202$36,337$37,472$38,607$39,742$40,877$42,012$43,147$44,282
GS-6$37,974$39,239$40,505$41,770$43,036$44,301$45,567$46,832$48,098$49,363
GS-7$42,199$43,606$45,013$46,420$47,827$49,234$50,641$52,048$53,455$54,862
GS-8$46,734$48,291$49,849$51,406$52,963$54,521$56,078$57,635$59,193$60,750
GS-9$51,617$53,337$55,057$56,777$58,497$60,217$61,937$63,657$65,377$67,097
GS-10$56,843$58,738$60,633$62,528$64,424$66,319$68,214$70,109$72,004$73,899
GS-11$62,451$64,533$66,614$68,696$70,777$72,859$74,940$77,021$79,103$81,184
GS-12$74,854$77,349$79,844$82,339$84,834$87,329$89,824$92,319$94,814$97,309
GS-13$89,012$91,979$94,946$97,913$100,880$103,846$106,813$109,780$112,747$115,714
GS-14$105,185$108,691$112,197$115,703$119,209$122,715$126,221$129,726$133,232$136,738
GS-15$123,728$127,852$131,977$136,101$140,225$144,350$148,474$152,598$155,500*$155,500*

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 22.2% 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$21,755$22,482$23,206$23,926$24,649$25,074$25,789$26,510$26,538$27,213
GS-2$24,461$25,042$25,851$26,538$26,836$27,626$28,415$29,205$29,994$30,783
GS-3$26,688$27,578$28,468$29,357$30,247$31,137$32,026$32,916$33,805$34,695
GS-4$29,961$30,959$31,958$32,956$33,954$34,953$35,951$36,950$37,948$38,946
GS-5$33,521$34,638$35,754$36,871$37,988$39,105$40,222$41,339$42,456$43,573
GS-6$37,365$38,610$39,856$41,101$42,346$43,591$44,836$46,082$47,327$48,572
GS-7$41,522$42,907$44,291$45,676$47,060$48,445$49,829$51,214$52,599$53,983
GS-8$45,985$47,517$49,050$50,582$52,115$53,647$55,179$56,712$58,244$59,777
GS-9$50,790$52,482$54,175$55,867$57,560$59,252$60,945$62,637$64,330$66,022
GS-10$55,932$57,797$59,662$61,526$63,391$65,256$67,121$68,986$70,850$72,715
GS-11$61,451$63,499$65,547$67,595$69,643$71,691$73,739$75,787$77,835$79,883
GS-12$73,655$76,110$78,565$81,020$83,475$85,930$88,385$90,840$93,295$95,750
GS-13$87,586$90,505$93,424$96,344$99,263$102,182$105,102$108,021$110,940$113,860
GS-14$103,500$106,949$110,399$113,849$117,299$120,748$124,198$127,648$131,097$134,547
GS-15$121,745$125,804$129,862$133,920$137,978$142,037$146,095$150,153$154,212$155,500*

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 14.16% (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$20,324$21,003$21,679$22,351$23,027$23,424$24,092$24,766$24,792$25,422
GS-2$22,851$23,395$24,151$24,792$25,071$25,808$26,546$27,283$28,021$28,758
GS-3$24,933$25,764$26,595$27,426$28,257$29,088$29,919$30,750$31,581$32,412
GS-4$27,990$28,922$29,855$30,788$31,720$32,653$33,586$34,519$35,451$36,384
GS-5$31,315$32,359$33,402$34,445$35,489$36,532$37,576$38,619$39,663$40,706
GS-6$34,907$36,070$37,233$38,397$39,560$40,723$41,886$43,050$44,213$45,376
GS-7$38,790$40,084$41,377$42,671$43,964$45,258$46,551$47,844$49,138$50,431
GS-8$42,960$44,391$45,823$47,254$48,686$50,117$51,549$52,981$54,412$55,844
GS-9$47,448$49,029$50,611$52,192$53,773$55,354$56,935$58,516$60,097$61,678
GS-10$52,252$53,994$55,736$57,478$59,221$60,963$62,705$64,447$66,189$67,931
GS-11$57,408$59,321$61,234$63,148$65,061$66,974$68,888$70,801$72,714$74,628
GS-12$68,809$71,102$73,396$75,689$77,983$80,276$82,570$84,863$87,157$89,450
GS-13$81,823$84,550$87,278$90,005$92,732$95,459$98,187$100,914$103,641$106,369
GS-14$96,690$99,913$103,136$106,358$109,581$112,804$116,027$119,249$122,472$125,695
GS-15$113,735$117,527$121,318$125,109$128,900$132,692$136,483$140,274$144,065$147,857

The Rest of U.S. locality pay rate also applies to Clovis, El Centro, Fresno, Lemoore, Modesto, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, 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 $155,500, 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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