General Schedule (GS) Payscale in California for 2014

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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$24,301$25,114$25,922$26,726$27,534$28,008$28,807$29,613$29,644$30,401
GS-2$27,323$27,973$28,878$29,644$29,975$30,856$31,737$32,618$33,500$34,381
GS-3$29,811$30,805$31,798$32,791$33,785$34,778$35,772$36,765$37,758$38,752
GS-4$33,467$34,582$35,697$36,812$37,927$39,042$40,157$41,272$42,387$43,502
GS-5$37,443$38,692$39,941$41,190$42,438$43,687$44,936$46,185$47,434$48,682
GS-6$41,738$43,129$44,520$45,910$47,301$48,692$50,083$51,473$52,864$54,255
GS-7$46,382$47,928$49,474$51,020$52,567$54,113$55,659$57,205$58,751$60,297
GS-8$51,366$53,079$54,791$56,504$58,216$59,928$61,641$63,353$65,065$66,778
GS-9$56,735$58,625$60,516$62,407$64,298$66,188$68,079$69,970$71,861$73,751
GS-10$62,478$64,561$66,644$68,726$70,809$72,892$74,974$77,057$79,140$81,222
GS-11$68,643$70,931$73,219$75,507$77,795$80,083$82,371$84,659$86,947$89,235
GS-12$82,275$85,017$87,760$90,502$93,244$95,986$98,728$101,471$104,213$106,955
GS-13$97,836$101,098$104,359$107,620$110,881$114,142$117,403$120,665$123,926$127,187
GS-14$115,613$119,466$123,319$127,172$131,025$134,878$138,731$142,585$146,438$150,291
GS-15$135,993$140,526$145,059$149,592$154,125$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$22,865$23,629$24,389$25,146$25,906$26,353$27,104$27,862$27,891$28,603
GS-2$25,708$26,320$27,170$27,891$28,203$29,032$29,861$30,690$31,519$32,348
GS-3$28,049$28,984$29,918$30,853$31,787$32,722$33,657$34,591$35,526$36,461
GS-4$31,489$32,538$33,587$34,636$35,685$36,734$37,783$38,832$39,881$40,930
GS-5$35,230$36,405$37,580$38,755$39,930$41,104$42,279$43,454$44,629$45,804
GS-6$39,271$40,579$41,888$43,196$44,505$45,813$47,122$48,430$49,739$51,047
GS-7$43,640$45,095$46,549$48,004$49,459$50,914$52,368$53,823$55,278$56,732
GS-8$48,330$49,941$51,552$53,163$54,774$56,385$57,996$59,608$61,219$62,830
GS-9$53,380$55,159$56,938$58,717$60,496$62,275$64,054$65,833$67,612$69,391
GS-10$58,785$60,744$62,704$64,663$66,623$68,582$70,542$72,502$74,461$76,421
GS-11$64,585$66,737$68,890$71,043$73,196$75,349$77,501$79,654$81,807$83,960
GS-12$77,411$79,991$82,571$85,151$87,731$90,312$92,892$95,472$98,052$100,632
GS-13$92,052$95,121$98,189$101,258$104,326$107,394$110,463$113,531$116,599$119,668
GS-14$108,778$112,403$116,028$119,654$123,279$126,904$130,530$134,155$137,780$141,406
GS-15$127,953$132,218$136,483$140,748$145,013$149,278$153,543$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$22,331$23,077$23,820$24,559$25,301$25,737$26,471$27,211$27,240$27,935
GS-2$25,107$25,705$26,536$27,240$27,544$28,354$29,164$29,973$30,783$31,593
GS-3$27,394$28,307$29,219$30,132$31,045$31,958$32,871$33,783$34,696$35,609
GS-4$30,753$31,778$32,802$33,827$34,851$35,876$36,901$37,925$38,950$39,974
GS-5$34,407$35,554$36,702$37,849$38,997$40,144$41,292$42,439$43,587$44,734
GS-6$38,354$39,632$40,909$42,187$43,465$44,743$46,021$47,299$48,577$49,855
GS-7$42,621$44,041$45,462$46,883$48,304$49,724$51,145$52,566$53,987$55,407
GS-8$47,201$48,774$50,348$51,921$53,495$55,068$56,642$58,215$59,789$61,362
GS-9$52,134$53,871$55,609$57,346$59,083$60,821$62,558$64,296$66,033$67,770
GS-10$57,412$59,326$61,239$63,153$65,067$66,981$68,894$70,808$72,722$74,636
GS-11$63,076$65,179$67,281$69,384$71,486$73,589$75,691$77,794$79,896$81,999
GS-12$75,603$78,123$80,643$83,163$85,682$88,202$90,722$93,242$95,762$98,281
GS-13$89,902$92,899$95,896$98,892$101,889$104,886$107,883$110,879$113,876$116,873
GS-14$106,237$109,778$113,318$116,859$120,400$123,940$127,481$131,022$134,562$138,103
GS-15$124,965$129,130$133,296$137,461$141,626$145,792$149,957$154,122$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$21,973$22,707$23,438$24,165$24,896$25,325$26,047$26,775$26,803$27,488
GS-2$24,705$25,293$26,110$26,803$27,103$27,899$28,696$29,493$30,290$31,086
GS-3$26,955$27,853$28,751$29,649$30,548$31,446$32,344$33,242$34,140$35,038
GS-4$30,260$31,269$32,277$33,285$34,293$35,301$36,309$37,317$38,326$39,334
GS-5$33,856$34,985$36,114$37,243$38,372$39,501$40,630$41,759$42,889$44,018
GS-6$37,739$38,996$40,254$41,511$42,769$44,026$45,284$46,541$47,799$49,056
GS-7$41,938$43,336$44,734$46,132$47,530$48,928$50,326$51,724$53,122$54,520
GS-8$46,445$47,993$49,541$51,089$52,638$54,186$55,734$57,282$58,831$60,379
GS-9$51,298$53,008$54,717$56,427$58,137$59,846$61,556$63,265$64,975$66,685
GS-10$56,492$58,375$60,258$62,141$64,024$65,907$67,790$69,674$71,557$73,440
GS-11$62,065$64,134$66,203$68,272$70,341$72,410$74,478$76,547$78,616$80,685
GS-12$74,392$76,871$79,351$81,830$84,309$86,789$89,268$91,748$94,227$96,707
GS-13$88,462$91,410$94,359$97,308$100,257$103,205$106,154$109,103$112,051$115,000
GS-14$104,535$108,019$111,503$114,987$118,470$121,954$125,438$128,922$132,406$135,890
GS-15$122,963$127,061$131,160$135,258$139,357$143,455$147,554$151,653$155,500*$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$20,527$21,213$21,896$22,575$23,258$23,659$24,333$25,014$25,040$25,679
GS-2$23,080$23,629$24,393$25,040$25,320$26,064$26,808$27,553$28,297$29,041
GS-3$25,181$26,020$26,860$27,699$28,538$29,377$30,216$31,055$31,894$32,733
GS-4$28,269$29,211$30,153$31,095$32,037$32,979$33,920$34,862$35,804$36,746
GS-5$31,628$32,683$33,738$34,793$35,847$36,902$37,957$39,012$40,067$41,122
GS-6$35,256$36,431$37,605$38,780$39,955$41,130$42,304$43,479$44,654$45,828
GS-7$39,179$40,485$41,791$43,097$44,403$45,709$47,015$48,321$49,626$50,932
GS-8$43,389$44,835$46,282$47,728$49,174$50,621$52,067$53,514$54,960$56,406
GS-9$47,923$49,520$51,117$52,715$54,312$55,909$57,506$59,103$60,700$62,297
GS-10$52,775$54,534$56,293$58,053$59,812$61,571$63,330$65,089$66,849$68,608
GS-11$57,982$59,915$61,847$63,780$65,713$67,646$69,578$71,511$73,444$75,376
GS-12$69,497$71,813$74,130$76,446$78,762$81,079$83,395$85,711$88,028$90,344
GS-13$82,642$85,396$88,151$90,906$93,660$96,415$99,170$101,924$104,679$107,434
GS-14$97,657$100,912$104,166$107,421$110,676$113,931$117,185$120,440$123,695$126,949
GS-15$114,872$118,701$122,530$126,359$130,188$134,017$137,846$141,675$145,504$149,333

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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