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General Schedule (GS) Payscale in California for 2015

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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$24,545$25,365$26,181$26,994$27,810$28,288$29,095$29,909$29,940$30,695
GS-2$27,596$28,253$29,167$29,940$30,278$31,168$32,059$32,950$33,840$34,731
GS-3$30,110$31,114$32,118$33,123$34,127$35,131$36,135$37,139$38,143$39,148
GS-4$33,802$34,930$36,057$37,184$38,311$39,438$40,565$41,692$42,820$43,947
GS-5$37,818$39,079$40,340$41,601$42,861$44,122$45,383$46,644$47,905$49,166
GS-6$42,156$43,562$44,967$46,373$47,778$49,184$50,589$51,995$53,400$54,806
GS-7$46,846$48,407$49,968$51,529$53,090$54,651$56,212$57,773$59,334$60,895
GS-8$51,880$53,610$55,340$57,070$58,800$60,530$62,260$63,989$65,719$67,449
GS-9$57,302$59,212$61,122$63,031$64,941$66,851$68,760$70,670$72,580$74,489
GS-10$63,103$65,206$67,309$69,412$71,515$73,618$75,720$77,823$79,926$82,029
GS-11$69,329$71,640$73,951$76,262$78,574$80,885$83,196$85,507$87,818$90,129
GS-12$83,098$85,869$88,639$91,410$94,181$96,951$99,722$102,492$105,263$108,034
GS-13$98,815$102,109$105,402$108,696$111,989$115,283$118,577$121,870$125,164$128,457
GS-14$116,768$120,661$124,553$128,445$132,338$136,230$140,122$144,014$147,907$151,799
GS-15$137,353$141,932$146,511$151,090$155,668$158,700*$158,700*$158,700*$158,700*$158,700*

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$23,094$23,865$24,633$25,398$26,166$26,616$27,375$28,141$28,170$28,881
GS-2$25,965$26,583$27,442$28,170$28,488$29,326$30,164$31,002$31,840$32,678
GS-3$28,330$29,275$30,220$31,164$32,109$33,054$33,999$34,944$35,888$36,833
GS-4$31,804$32,865$33,925$34,986$36,046$37,107$38,167$39,228$40,288$41,349
GS-5$35,582$36,768$37,955$39,141$40,328$41,514$42,700$43,887$45,073$46,260
GS-6$39,664$40,986$42,309$43,631$44,954$46,276$47,599$48,921$50,243$51,566
GS-7$44,076$45,545$47,014$48,482$49,951$51,420$52,888$54,357$55,826$57,294
GS-8$48,813$50,441$52,068$53,696$55,324$56,951$58,579$60,206$61,834$63,462
GS-9$53,915$55,711$57,508$59,305$61,102$62,898$64,695$66,492$68,289$70,086
GS-10$59,372$61,351$63,329$65,308$67,287$69,265$71,244$73,223$75,201$77,180
GS-11$65,231$67,405$69,579$71,754$73,928$76,103$78,277$80,452$82,626$84,800
GS-12$78,186$80,792$83,399$86,006$88,613$91,219$93,826$96,433$99,040$101,647
GS-13$92,973$96,072$99,171$102,270$105,369$108,467$111,566$114,665$117,764$120,863
GS-14$109,865$113,527$117,189$120,852$124,514$128,176$131,838$135,500$139,163$142,825
GS-15$129,233$133,541$137,849$142,157$146,465$150,774$155,082$158,700*$158,700*$158,700*

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$22,554$23,308$24,058$24,804$25,555$25,994$26,736$27,483$27,512$28,206
GS-2$25,358$25,962$26,801$27,512$27,822$28,641$29,459$30,278$31,096$31,914
GS-3$27,668$28,591$29,514$30,436$31,359$32,282$33,205$34,127$35,050$35,973
GS-4$31,061$32,097$33,133$34,168$35,204$36,240$37,276$38,311$39,347$40,383
GS-5$34,751$35,910$37,068$38,227$39,386$40,544$41,703$42,862$44,020$45,179
GS-6$38,737$40,029$41,320$42,612$43,904$45,195$46,487$47,778$49,070$50,362
GS-7$43,047$44,481$45,916$47,350$48,784$50,219$51,653$53,087$54,522$55,956
GS-8$47,673$49,262$50,852$52,442$54,031$55,621$57,211$58,800$60,390$61,980
GS-9$52,655$54,410$56,165$57,920$59,675$61,429$63,184$64,939$66,694$68,449
GS-10$57,986$59,918$61,850$63,783$65,715$67,648$69,580$71,512$73,445$75,377
GS-11$63,707$65,831$67,954$70,078$72,202$74,325$76,449$78,573$80,696$82,820
GS-12$76,359$78,905$81,451$83,997$86,543$89,089$91,635$94,181$96,727$99,273
GS-13$90,802$93,828$96,855$99,881$102,908$105,934$108,961$111,987$115,014$118,040
GS-14$107,299$110,876$114,452$118,029$121,606$125,182$128,759$132,336$135,912$139,489
GS-15$126,214$130,422$134,629$138,837$143,045$147,252$151,460$155,667$158,700*$158,700*

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$22,193$22,934$23,673$24,407$25,145$25,578$26,307$27,043$27,071$27,754
GS-2$24,952$25,546$26,372$27,071$27,376$28,182$28,987$29,792$30,598$31,403
GS-3$27,225$28,133$29,041$29,949$30,857$31,765$32,673$33,581$34,489$35,396
GS-4$30,563$31,583$32,602$33,621$34,640$35,659$36,678$37,697$38,717$39,736
GS-5$34,194$35,334$36,474$37,614$38,755$39,895$41,035$42,175$43,315$44,455
GS-6$38,117$39,388$40,658$41,929$43,200$44,471$45,742$47,013$48,284$49,555
GS-7$42,357$43,768$45,180$46,591$48,003$49,414$50,825$52,237$53,648$55,060
GS-8$46,909$48,473$50,037$51,601$53,166$54,730$56,294$57,858$59,422$60,986
GS-9$51,812$53,538$55,265$56,992$58,718$60,445$62,172$63,898$65,625$67,352
GS-10$57,056$58,958$60,859$62,761$64,662$66,564$68,465$70,366$72,268$74,169
GS-11$62,686$64,776$66,865$68,955$71,045$73,134$75,224$77,313$79,403$81,493
GS-12$75,136$77,641$80,146$82,651$85,156$87,661$90,166$92,672$95,177$97,682
GS-13$89,347$92,325$95,303$98,281$101,259$104,237$107,215$110,193$113,171$116,149
GS-14$105,580$109,099$112,618$116,138$119,657$123,176$126,696$130,215$133,734$137,254
GS-15$124,192$128,332$132,472$136,612$140,752$144,893$149,033$153,173$157,313$158,700*

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$20,733$21,426$22,115$22,801$23,491$23,895$24,576$25,264$25,290$25,928
GS-2$23,310$23,865$24,637$25,290$25,575$26,328$27,080$27,832$28,585$29,337
GS-3$25,434$26,282$27,130$27,978$28,827$29,675$30,523$31,371$32,219$33,068
GS-4$28,553$29,505$30,457$31,409$32,361$33,313$34,265$35,217$36,169$37,121
GS-5$31,944$33,009$34,074$35,140$36,205$37,270$38,335$39,400$40,465$41,530
GS-6$35,609$36,796$37,983$39,171$40,358$41,545$42,732$43,920$45,107$46,294
GS-7$39,570$40,889$42,207$43,526$44,844$46,163$47,481$48,800$50,119$51,437
GS-8$43,823$45,284$46,745$48,206$49,668$51,129$52,590$54,051$55,513$56,974
GS-9$48,403$50,016$51,629$53,242$54,855$56,468$58,081$59,694$61,307$62,920
GS-10$53,302$55,079$56,855$58,631$60,408$62,184$63,960$65,737$67,513$69,289
GS-11$58,562$60,514$62,466$64,418$66,370$68,322$70,275$72,227$74,179$76,131
GS-12$70,192$72,533$74,873$77,213$79,554$81,894$84,234$86,574$88,915$91,255
GS-13$83,468$86,250$89,032$91,814$94,596$97,378$100,161$102,943$105,725$108,507
GS-14$98,633$101,921$105,209$108,497$111,784$115,072$118,360$121,648$124,936$128,223
GS-15$116,021$119,889$123,756$127,624$131,492$135,360$139,227$143,095$146,963$150,830

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 $158,700, 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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