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General Schedule (GS) Payscale in California for 2018

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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 39.28% 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$26,164$27,040$27,910$28,775$29,646$30,154$31,013$31,883$31,916$32,734
GS-2$29,417$30,118$31,091$31,916$32,278$33,228$34,178$35,128$36,078$37,028
GS-3$32,097$33,167$34,236$35,306$36,376$37,445$38,515$39,585$40,654$41,724
GS-4$36,033$37,234$38,434$39,635$40,836$42,036$43,237$44,437$45,638$46,838
GS-5$40,315$41,659$43,003$44,347$45,691$47,035$48,379$49,723$51,067$52,411
GS-6$44,937$46,435$47,932$49,429$50,926$52,424$53,921$55,418$56,915$58,413
GS-7$49,937$51,602$53,266$54,931$56,595$58,259$59,924$61,588$63,253$64,917
GS-8$55,304$57,148$58,992$60,836$62,680$64,524$66,368$68,212$70,056$71,901
GS-9$61,084$63,120$65,157$67,193$69,229$71,265$73,302$75,338$77,374$79,410
GS-10$67,268$69,510$71,753$73,995$76,238$78,480$80,723$82,965$85,207$87,450
GS-11$73,905$76,369$78,832$81,296$83,760$86,224$88,688$91,152$93,616$96,080
GS-12$88,582$91,535$94,488$97,440$100,393$103,346$106,298$109,251$112,204$115,157
GS-13$105,335$108,846$112,357$115,868$119,380$122,891$126,402$129,913$133,425$136,936
GS-14$124,475$128,624$132,773$136,922$141,071$145,220$149,369$153,519$157,668$161,817
GS-15$146,415$151,296$156,176$161,056$164,200*$164,200*$164,200*$164,200*$164,200*$164,200*

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 30.57% 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$24,528$25,349$26,165$26,976$27,792$28,268$29,074$29,889$29,920$30,687
GS-2$27,578$28,234$29,147$29,920$30,260$31,150$32,041$32,931$33,822$34,712
GS-3$30,090$31,093$32,095$33,098$34,101$35,104$36,107$37,109$38,112$39,115
GS-4$33,780$34,905$36,031$37,156$38,282$39,407$40,533$41,658$42,784$43,909
GS-5$37,793$39,053$40,313$41,573$42,833$44,093$45,353$46,613$47,873$49,133
GS-6$42,127$43,531$44,934$46,338$47,742$49,145$50,549$51,952$53,356$54,760
GS-7$46,815$48,375$49,935$51,496$53,056$54,616$56,176$57,737$59,297$60,857
GS-8$51,845$53,574$55,303$57,032$58,760$60,489$62,218$63,947$65,675$67,404
GS-9$57,264$59,173$61,082$62,991$64,900$66,809$68,718$70,627$72,536$74,444
GS-10$63,061$65,164$67,266$69,368$71,470$73,572$75,674$77,777$79,879$81,981
GS-11$69,283$71,593$73,903$76,212$78,522$80,832$83,142$85,452$87,761$90,071
GS-12$83,043$85,811$88,579$91,347$94,115$96,883$99,651$102,419$105,187$107,955
GS-13$98,747$102,039$105,331$108,622$111,914$115,206$118,497$121,789$125,081$128,373
GS-14$116,690$120,580$124,470$128,359$132,249$136,139$140,028$143,918$147,808$151,698
GS-15$137,259$141,834$146,409$150,985$155,560$160,135$164,200*$164,200*$164,200*$164,200*

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), 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 27.88% 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$24,022$24,827$25,626$26,420$27,219$27,686$28,475$29,273$29,304$30,054
GS-2$27,010$27,653$28,547$29,304$29,636$30,508$31,380$32,253$33,125$33,997
GS-3$29,470$30,452$31,434$32,416$33,398$34,381$35,363$36,345$37,327$38,309
GS-4$33,084$34,186$35,288$36,391$37,493$38,595$39,698$40,800$41,902$43,005
GS-5$37,015$38,249$39,483$40,717$41,951$43,185$44,419$45,653$46,887$48,121
GS-6$41,259$42,634$44,009$45,383$46,758$48,133$49,507$50,882$52,257$53,632
GS-7$45,850$47,378$48,906$50,435$51,963$53,491$55,019$56,547$58,075$59,604
GS-8$50,777$52,470$54,164$55,857$57,550$59,243$60,936$62,629$64,322$66,015
GS-9$56,084$57,954$59,824$61,693$63,563$65,432$67,302$69,172$71,041$72,911
GS-10$61,762$63,821$65,880$67,939$69,998$72,057$74,115$76,174$78,233$80,292
GS-11$67,856$70,118$72,380$74,642$76,904$79,167$81,429$83,691$85,953$88,215
GS-12$81,332$84,043$86,754$89,465$92,176$94,887$97,598$100,309$103,020$105,731
GS-13$96,713$99,937$103,161$106,385$109,609$112,832$116,056$119,280$122,504$125,728
GS-14$114,286$118,096$121,905$125,715$129,525$133,334$137,144$140,953$144,763$148,572
GS-15$134,431$138,912$143,393$147,874$152,355$156,836$161,317$164,200*$164,200*$164,200*

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 24.86% 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$23,455$24,240$25,021$25,796$26,576$27,032$27,803$28,582$28,612$29,345
GS-2$26,372$27,000$27,872$28,612$28,936$29,788$30,639$31,491$32,342$33,194
GS-3$28,774$29,733$30,692$31,651$32,610$33,569$34,528$35,486$36,445$37,404
GS-4$32,303$33,379$34,455$35,531$36,608$37,684$38,760$39,837$40,913$41,989
GS-5$36,141$37,346$38,551$39,755$40,960$42,165$43,370$44,575$45,780$46,985
GS-6$40,285$41,627$42,969$44,312$45,654$46,996$48,338$49,681$51,023$52,365
GS-7$44,767$46,259$47,751$49,244$50,736$52,228$53,720$55,212$56,704$58,196
GS-8$49,578$51,231$52,884$54,538$56,191$57,844$59,497$61,150$62,803$64,456
GS-9$54,760$56,585$58,411$60,236$62,062$63,887$65,713$67,538$69,363$71,189
GS-10$60,304$62,314$64,324$66,334$68,345$70,355$72,365$74,375$76,386$78,396
GS-11$66,253$68,462$70,671$72,880$75,088$77,297$79,506$81,715$83,923$86,132
GS-12$79,411$82,058$84,705$87,352$89,999$92,646$95,293$97,940$100,587$103,234
GS-13$94,429$97,577$100,725$103,872$107,020$110,168$113,315$116,463$119,611$122,759
GS-14$111,587$115,307$119,027$122,746$126,466$130,185$133,905$137,624$141,344$145,064
GS-15$131,257$135,632$140,007$144,382$148,757$153,132$157,507$161,882$164,200*$164,200*

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 15.37% (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$21,672$22,398$23,119$23,835$24,557$24,978$25,689$26,409$26,437$27,114
GS-2$24,367$24,948$25,754$26,437$26,737$27,524$28,311$29,097$29,884$30,671
GS-3$26,587$27,473$28,359$29,245$30,131$31,017$31,903$32,789$33,675$34,561
GS-4$29,847$30,842$31,836$32,831$33,825$34,820$35,814$36,809$37,803$38,798
GS-5$33,394$34,507$35,620$36,734$37,847$38,960$40,074$41,187$42,300$43,414
GS-6$37,223$38,463$39,703$40,944$42,184$43,424$44,664$45,905$47,145$48,385
GS-7$41,365$42,743$44,122$45,501$46,879$48,258$49,637$51,015$52,394$53,773
GS-8$45,810$47,337$48,865$50,392$51,920$53,447$54,975$56,502$58,030$59,557
GS-9$50,598$52,285$53,971$55,658$57,345$59,031$60,718$62,405$64,091$65,778
GS-10$55,720$57,578$59,435$61,293$63,150$65,008$66,865$68,722$70,580$72,437
GS-11$61,218$63,259$65,299$67,340$69,381$71,422$73,463$75,504$77,545$79,586
GS-12$73,375$75,821$78,267$80,713$83,159$85,605$88,050$90,496$92,942$95,388
GS-13$87,252$90,161$93,069$95,977$98,886$101,794$104,703$107,611$110,520$113,428
GS-14$103,106$106,543$109,980$113,417$116,854$120,291$123,727$127,164$130,601$134,038
GS-15$121,280$125,323$129,366$133,408$137,451$141,493$145,536$149,578$153,621$157,663

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 $164,200, 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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