Congress has passed a retro-active 1.4% pay raise for 2019 in addition to a locality increase and 6 new localities.

General Schedule (GS) Payscale in California for 2019

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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 40.35% 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$26,734$27,629$28,519$29,402$30,292$30,811$31,690$32,577$32,612$33,441
GS-2$30,059$30,775$31,770$32,612$32,978$33,948$34,918$35,887$36,857$37,827
GS-3$32,797$33,890$34,984$36,077$37,170$38,264$39,357$40,450$41,544$42,637
GS-4$36,818$38,045$39,271$40,498$41,725$42,951$44,178$45,405$46,631$47,858
GS-5$41,193$42,565$43,938$45,311$46,683$48,056$49,428$50,801$52,174$53,546
GS-6$45,917$47,448$48,979$50,511$52,042$53,573$55,104$56,635$58,167$59,698
GS-7$51,026$52,727$54,428$56,129$57,830$59,531$61,232$62,933$64,634$66,335
GS-8$56,509$58,393$60,276$62,160$64,043$65,927$67,810$69,694$71,577$73,461
GS-9$62,415$64,495$66,575$68,655$70,735$72,815$74,895$76,975$79,055$81,135
GS-10$68,734$71,024$73,315$75,605$77,896$80,186$82,477$84,767$87,058$89,348
GS-11$75,515$78,033$80,551$83,069$85,587$88,105$90,623$93,140$95,658$98,176
GS-12$90,512$93,529$96,547$99,564$102,582$105,599$108,617$111,634$114,652$117,669
GS-13$107,630$111,218$114,805$118,392$121,980$125,567$129,154$132,742$136,329$139,916
GS-14$127,187$131,427$135,667$139,906$144,146$148,386$152,626$156,866$161,106$165,346
GS-15$149,606$154,593$159,579$164,566$166,500*$166,500*$166,500*$166,500*$166,500*$166,500*

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 31.47% 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$25,042$25,881$26,715$27,542$28,375$28,862$29,685$30,516$30,548$31,325
GS-2$28,157$28,827$29,760$30,548$30,892$31,800$32,708$33,617$34,525$35,434
GS-3$30,722$31,746$32,770$33,794$34,819$35,843$36,867$37,891$38,915$39,939
GS-4$34,489$35,638$36,787$37,936$39,085$40,234$41,383$42,532$43,681$44,830
GS-5$38,586$39,872$41,158$42,444$43,730$45,015$46,301$47,587$48,873$50,158
GS-6$43,012$44,446$45,880$47,315$48,749$50,183$51,618$53,052$54,486$55,921
GS-7$47,797$49,391$50,984$52,577$54,171$55,764$57,358$58,951$60,545$62,138
GS-8$52,934$54,698$56,462$58,227$59,991$61,755$63,520$65,284$67,048$68,813
GS-9$58,466$60,414$62,363$64,311$66,260$68,208$70,156$72,105$74,053$76,001
GS-10$64,385$66,530$68,676$70,822$72,967$75,113$77,258$79,404$81,550$83,695
GS-11$70,737$73,096$75,455$77,813$80,172$82,530$84,889$87,247$89,606$91,965
GS-12$84,785$87,612$90,438$93,265$96,091$98,918$101,745$104,571$107,398$110,224
GS-13$100,820$104,181$107,541$110,902$114,262$117,622$120,983$124,343$127,703$131,064
GS-14$119,139$123,111$127,083$131,055$135,026$138,998$142,970$146,941$150,913$154,885
GS-15$140,140$144,812$149,483$154,154$158,825$163,496$166,500*$166,500*$166,500*$166,500*

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), San Luis Obispo, 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 28.8% 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$24,534$25,356$26,172$26,982$27,799$28,275$29,082$29,896$29,928$30,689
GS-2$27,585$28,242$29,155$29,928$30,264$31,154$32,044$32,934$33,824$34,714
GS-3$30,098$31,101$32,105$33,108$34,111$35,115$36,118$37,121$38,125$39,128
GS-4$33,788$34,914$36,040$37,165$38,291$39,417$40,542$41,668$42,794$43,920
GS-5$37,803$39,062$40,322$41,582$42,841$44,101$45,361$46,620$47,880$49,140
GS-6$42,138$43,543$44,949$46,354$47,759$49,164$50,569$51,975$53,380$54,785
GS-7$46,827$48,388$49,949$51,510$53,071$54,632$56,193$57,754$59,315$60,876
GS-8$51,859$53,587$55,316$57,044$58,773$60,501$62,230$63,958$65,687$67,415
GS-9$57,279$59,187$61,096$63,005$64,914$66,823$68,732$70,640$72,549$74,458
GS-10$63,077$65,179$67,281$69,383$71,485$73,587$75,689$77,791$79,893$81,995
GS-11$69,301$71,612$73,922$76,233$78,544$80,854$83,165$85,476$87,786$90,097
GS-12$83,063$85,832$88,602$91,371$94,140$96,909$99,678$102,448$105,217$107,986
GS-13$98,773$102,065$105,357$108,649$111,941$115,233$118,526$121,818$125,110$128,402
GS-14$116,720$120,611$124,502$128,393$132,284$136,175$140,066$143,957$147,848$151,739
GS-15$137,294$141,871$146,447$151,023$155,599$160,176$164,752$166,500*$166,500*$166,500*

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 25.59% 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$23,922$24,724$25,520$26,310$27,106$27,571$28,357$29,151$29,182$29,924
GS-2$26,898$27,538$28,429$29,182$29,510$30,378$31,246$32,113$32,981$33,849
GS-3$29,348$30,326$31,305$32,283$33,261$34,240$35,218$36,196$37,175$38,153
GS-4$32,946$34,044$35,141$36,239$37,337$38,434$39,532$40,630$41,727$42,825
GS-5$36,861$38,089$39,317$40,545$41,774$43,002$44,230$45,459$46,687$47,915
GS-6$41,088$42,458$43,828$45,199$46,569$47,939$49,309$50,679$52,050$53,420
GS-7$45,660$47,182$48,704$50,226$51,748$53,270$54,792$56,315$57,837$59,359
GS-8$50,566$52,252$53,937$55,623$57,308$58,993$60,679$62,364$64,050$65,735
GS-9$55,851$57,712$59,574$61,435$63,296$65,157$67,019$68,880$70,741$72,602
GS-10$61,505$63,555$65,604$67,654$69,704$71,753$73,803$75,853$77,902$79,952
GS-11$67,574$69,827$72,080$74,333$76,586$78,839$81,092$83,345$85,598$87,851
GS-12$80,993$83,693$86,393$89,094$91,794$94,494$97,194$99,894$102,594$105,295
GS-13$96,311$99,521$102,731$105,941$109,152$112,362$115,572$118,782$121,992$125,202
GS-14$113,811$117,605$121,399$125,193$128,987$132,781$136,575$140,369$144,164$147,958
GS-15$133,873$138,335$142,797$147,259$151,722$156,184$160,646$165,108$166,500*$166,500*

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 15.67% (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$22,033$22,771$23,504$24,232$24,965$25,393$26,117$26,848$26,877$27,561
GS-2$24,773$25,363$26,183$26,877$27,179$27,978$28,778$29,577$30,376$31,175
GS-3$27,030$27,931$28,832$29,733$30,634$31,535$32,436$33,337$34,238$35,139
GS-4$30,344$31,355$32,366$33,377$34,388$35,398$36,409$37,420$38,431$39,442
GS-5$33,949$35,080$36,212$37,343$38,474$39,605$40,737$41,868$42,999$44,130
GS-6$37,843$39,105$40,367$41,628$42,890$44,152$45,414$46,676$47,938$49,200
GS-7$42,053$43,455$44,857$46,259$47,661$49,063$50,465$51,866$53,268$54,670
GS-8$46,572$48,125$49,677$51,229$52,781$54,334$55,886$57,438$58,991$60,543
GS-9$51,440$53,154$54,868$56,582$58,297$60,011$61,725$63,439$65,153$66,868
GS-10$56,647$58,535$60,423$62,310$64,198$66,086$67,973$69,861$71,749$73,637
GS-11$62,236$64,311$66,386$68,462$70,537$72,612$74,687$76,762$78,837$80,912
GS-12$74,596$77,082$79,569$82,056$84,543$87,030$89,517$92,004$94,491$96,978
GS-13$88,704$91,660$94,617$97,573$100,530$103,486$106,443$109,400$112,356$115,313
GS-14$104,821$108,316$111,810$115,304$118,799$122,293$125,788$129,282$132,776$136,271
GS-15$123,298$127,408$131,518$135,628$139,737$143,847$147,957$152,067$156,176$160,286

The Rest of U.S. locality pay rate also applies to Clovis, El Centro, Fresno, Lemoore, Modesto, San Joaquin, 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 $166,500, 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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Source: www.federalpay.org/gs/2019/california