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General Schedule (GS) Payscale in California for 2017

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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 38.17% 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$25,597$26,454$27,305$28,152$29,003$29,501$30,342$31,192$31,225$32,015
GS-2$28,779$29,465$30,418$31,225$31,576$32,504$33,433$34,361$35,290$36,219
GS-3$31,402$32,449$33,497$34,544$35,591$36,639$37,686$38,733$39,781$40,825
GS-4$35,253$36,427$37,602$38,776$39,950$41,125$42,299$43,474$44,648$45,823
GS-5$39,441$40,756$42,071$43,387$44,702$46,018$47,333$48,648$49,964$51,279
GS-6$43,964$45,430$46,896$48,362$49,828$51,294$52,760$54,226$55,692$57,158
GS-7$48,856$50,485$52,114$53,743$55,372$57,001$58,630$60,259$61,888$63,517
GS-8$54,106$55,909$57,712$59,515$61,318$63,122$64,925$66,728$68,531$70,334
GS-9$59,760$61,752$63,745$65,737$67,730$69,722$71,714$73,707$75,699$77,692
GS-10$65,810$68,005$70,199$72,393$74,587$76,781$78,975$81,169$83,363$85,558
GS-11$72,303$74,713$77,122$79,532$81,942$84,351$86,761$89,171$91,580$93,990
GS-12$86,663$89,552$92,441$95,330$98,220$101,109$103,998$106,887$109,776$112,665
GS-13$103,053$106,488$109,923$113,357$116,792$120,227$123,662$127,097$130,532$133,967
GS-14$121,778$125,837$129,896$133,956$138,015$142,075$146,134$150,194$154,253$158,312
GS-15$143,244$148,019$152,794$157,569$161,900*$161,900*$161,900*$161,900*$161,900*$161,900*

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 29.65% 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$24,019$24,823$25,621$26,416$27,215$27,682$28,471$29,268$29,300$30,041
GS-2$27,005$27,648$28,542$29,300$29,629$30,500$31,371$32,243$33,114$33,985
GS-3$29,466$30,448$31,431$32,414$33,397$34,379$35,362$36,345$37,328$38,308
GS-4$33,079$34,181$35,283$36,385$37,487$38,589$39,691$40,793$41,895$42,997
GS-5$37,009$38,243$39,477$40,711$41,946$43,180$44,414$45,648$46,883$48,117
GS-6$41,253$42,629$44,005$45,380$46,756$48,131$49,507$50,882$52,258$53,634
GS-7$45,843$47,372$48,900$50,429$51,957$53,486$55,014$56,543$58,072$59,600
GS-8$50,770$52,462$54,154$55,845$57,537$59,229$60,921$62,613$64,305$65,997
GS-9$56,075$57,944$59,814$61,684$63,553$65,423$67,292$69,162$71,031$72,901
GS-10$61,752$63,811$65,870$67,929$69,988$72,047$74,105$76,164$78,223$80,282
GS-11$67,845$70,106$72,367$74,628$76,889$79,150$81,411$83,672$85,933$88,194
GS-12$81,319$84,030$86,741$89,452$92,163$94,874$97,585$100,296$103,007$105,718
GS-13$96,698$99,921$103,144$106,367$109,591$112,814$116,037$119,260$122,483$125,706
GS-14$114,268$118,077$121,887$125,696$129,505$133,314$137,123$140,932$144,741$148,550
GS-15$134,411$138,891$143,372$147,853$152,334$156,814$161,295$161,900*$161,900*$161,900*

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 26.98% 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$23,524$24,312$25,094$25,872$26,654$27,111$27,885$28,666$28,696$29,423
GS-2$26,449$27,078$27,955$28,696$29,019$29,872$30,725$31,579$32,432$33,285
GS-3$28,859$29,821$30,784$31,746$32,709$33,671$34,634$35,596$36,559$37,519
GS-4$32,398$33,477$34,556$35,636$36,715$37,794$38,874$39,953$41,032$42,112
GS-5$36,246$37,455$38,664$39,873$41,082$42,291$43,500$44,708$45,917$47,126
GS-6$40,404$41,751$43,098$44,446$45,793$47,140$48,487$49,835$51,182$52,529
GS-7$44,899$46,396$47,893$49,390$50,887$52,384$53,881$55,379$56,876$58,373
GS-8$49,724$51,381$53,038$54,695$56,352$58,010$59,667$61,324$62,981$64,638
GS-9$54,920$56,751$58,582$60,413$62,244$64,075$65,906$67,737$69,569$71,400
GS-10$60,481$62,497$64,513$66,530$68,546$70,563$72,579$74,596$76,612$78,629
GS-11$66,447$68,662$70,876$73,091$75,305$77,520$79,735$81,949$84,164$86,378
GS-12$79,644$82,300$84,955$87,610$90,265$92,920$95,575$98,230$100,886$103,541
GS-13$94,707$97,863$101,020$104,177$107,334$110,490$113,647$116,804$119,961$123,117
GS-14$111,915$115,646$119,376$123,107$126,838$130,568$134,299$138,030$141,760$145,491
GS-15$131,643$136,031$140,420$144,808$149,196$153,585$157,973$161,900*$161,900*$161,900*

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 24.14% 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$22,998$23,768$24,533$25,294$26,058$26,505$27,261$28,025$28,054$28,764
GS-2$25,857$26,473$27,329$28,054$28,370$29,204$30,038$30,872$31,707$32,541
GS-3$28,213$29,154$30,095$31,036$31,977$32,918$33,859$34,800$35,741$36,680
GS-4$31,673$32,728$33,783$34,839$35,894$36,949$38,004$39,059$40,115$41,170
GS-5$35,436$36,618$37,799$38,981$40,163$41,345$42,527$43,708$44,890$46,072
GS-6$39,500$40,817$42,134$43,451$44,769$46,086$47,403$48,720$50,037$51,354
GS-7$43,895$45,358$46,822$48,285$49,749$51,213$52,676$54,140$55,604$57,067
GS-8$48,612$50,232$51,852$53,472$55,092$56,712$58,332$59,952$61,572$63,192
GS-9$53,692$55,482$57,272$59,062$60,852$62,642$64,432$66,222$68,013$69,803
GS-10$59,128$61,099$63,071$65,042$67,013$68,985$70,956$72,927$74,899$76,870
GS-11$64,961$67,126$69,291$71,456$73,621$75,786$77,951$80,116$82,281$84,446
GS-12$77,863$80,459$83,055$85,650$88,246$90,842$93,438$96,033$98,629$101,225
GS-13$92,589$95,675$98,761$101,847$104,933$108,019$111,105$114,191$117,278$120,364
GS-14$109,412$113,059$116,706$120,354$124,001$127,648$131,295$134,943$138,590$142,237
GS-15$128,698$132,989$137,279$141,569$145,860$150,150$154,440$158,730$161,900*$161,900*

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 15.06% (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$21,316$22,029$22,738$23,443$24,152$24,566$25,267$25,975$26,002$26,661
GS-2$23,966$24,537$25,330$26,002$26,295$27,068$27,841$28,614$29,387$30,161
GS-3$26,150$27,022$27,894$28,766$29,638$30,510$31,383$32,255$33,127$33,997
GS-4$29,356$30,334$31,312$32,290$33,268$34,246$35,224$36,202$37,180$38,158
GS-5$32,844$33,939$35,035$36,130$37,225$38,321$39,416$40,511$41,607$42,702
GS-6$36,611$37,832$39,053$40,273$41,494$42,715$43,936$45,156$46,377$47,598
GS-7$40,684$42,041$43,397$44,754$46,110$47,467$48,823$50,180$51,537$52,893
GS-8$45,056$46,558$48,059$49,561$51,062$52,564$54,066$55,567$57,069$58,570
GS-9$49,765$51,424$53,083$54,742$56,401$58,060$59,720$61,379$63,038$64,697
GS-10$54,803$56,630$58,457$60,285$62,112$63,939$65,766$67,593$69,420$71,247
GS-11$60,210$62,216$64,223$66,230$68,236$70,243$72,250$74,256$76,263$78,270
GS-12$72,168$74,574$76,980$79,386$81,792$84,197$86,603$89,009$91,415$93,821
GS-13$85,816$88,677$91,537$94,398$97,258$100,118$102,979$105,839$108,699$111,560
GS-14$101,409$104,790$108,170$111,551$114,931$118,312$121,692$125,073$128,453$131,833
GS-15$119,285$123,261$127,238$131,214$135,191$139,167$143,144$147,120$151,097$155,073

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 $161,900, 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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