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General Schedule (GS) Payscale in California for 2021

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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 41.44% 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$27,917$28,854$29,782$30,705$31,633$32,176$33,094$34,019$34,056$34,922
GS-2$31,391$32,138$33,178$34,056$34,439$35,452$36,465$37,477$38,490$39,503
GS-3$34,251$35,393$36,534$37,675$38,817$39,958$41,100$42,241$43,382$44,524
GS-4$38,449$39,730$41,012$42,293$43,575$44,856$46,138$47,419$48,701$49,982
GS-5$43,018$44,452$45,886$47,320$48,754$50,189$51,623$53,057$54,491$55,925
GS-6$47,952$49,551$51,149$52,747$54,345$55,944$57,542$59,140$60,739$62,337
GS-7$53,286$55,063$56,839$58,616$60,392$62,169$63,945$65,722$67,498$69,274
GS-8$59,013$60,980$62,948$64,915$66,883$68,850$70,818$72,785$74,752$76,720
GS-9$65,180$67,352$69,525$71,697$73,870$76,042$78,215$80,387$82,560$84,732
GS-10$71,778$74,171$76,564$78,957$81,351$83,744$86,137$88,530$90,923$93,316
GS-11$78,861$81,491$84,120$86,749$89,379$92,008$94,638$97,267$99,896$102,526
GS-12$94,523$97,674$100,826$103,977$107,128$110,279$113,431$116,582$119,733$122,884
GS-13$112,400$116,146$119,893$123,640$127,387$131,133$134,880$138,627$142,374$146,120
GS-14$132,822$137,249$141,676$146,103$150,530$154,957$159,384$163,812$168,239$172,500*
GS-15$156,235$161,442$166,650$171,858$172,500*$172,500*$172,500*$172,500*$172,500*$172,500*

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 32.41% 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$26,135$27,012$27,880$28,745$29,613$30,122$30,981$31,847$31,882$32,692
GS-2$29,387$30,086$31,059$31,882$32,241$33,189$34,137$35,085$36,033$36,981
GS-3$32,064$33,133$34,202$35,270$36,339$37,407$38,476$39,544$40,613$41,681
GS-4$35,994$37,194$38,394$39,593$40,793$41,993$43,192$44,392$45,591$46,791
GS-5$40,271$41,614$42,956$44,299$45,642$46,984$48,327$49,670$51,012$52,355
GS-6$44,891$46,387$47,883$49,380$50,876$52,372$53,868$55,365$56,861$58,357
GS-7$49,884$51,547$53,210$54,873$56,536$58,199$59,863$61,526$63,189$64,852
GS-8$55,245$57,087$58,929$60,771$62,613$64,455$66,296$68,138$69,980$71,822
GS-9$61,019$63,052$65,086$67,120$69,154$71,188$73,221$75,255$77,289$79,323
GS-10$67,195$69,436$71,676$73,917$76,157$78,397$80,638$82,878$85,118$87,359
GS-11$73,827$76,288$78,750$81,211$83,673$86,134$88,596$91,057$93,519$95,980
GS-12$88,488$91,438$94,388$97,339$100,289$103,239$106,189$109,139$112,089$115,039
GS-13$105,224$108,731$112,239$115,746$119,254$122,761$126,269$129,776$133,284$136,791
GS-14$124,342$128,487$132,631$136,776$140,920$145,064$149,209$153,353$157,498$161,642
GS-15$146,260$151,135$156,011$160,886$165,761$170,637$172,500*$172,500*$172,500*$172,500*

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 29.77% 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$25,614$26,473$27,324$28,172$29,023$29,521$30,364$31,212$31,246$32,040
GS-2$28,801$29,486$30,440$31,246$31,598$32,527$33,456$34,385$35,314$36,243
GS-3$31,425$32,472$33,520$34,567$35,614$36,661$37,709$38,756$39,803$40,850
GS-4$35,277$36,452$37,628$38,804$39,980$41,155$42,331$43,507$44,682$45,858
GS-5$39,468$40,784$42,100$43,416$44,732$46,048$47,363$48,679$49,995$51,311
GS-6$43,996$45,462$46,929$48,395$49,862$51,328$52,794$54,261$55,727$57,194
GS-7$48,890$50,519$52,149$53,779$55,409$57,039$58,669$60,299$61,929$63,559
GS-8$54,144$55,949$57,754$59,559$61,364$63,169$64,975$66,780$68,585$70,390
GS-9$59,802$61,795$63,788$65,782$67,775$69,768$71,762$73,755$75,748$77,741
GS-10$65,856$68,051$70,247$72,443$74,639$76,834$79,030$81,226$83,421$85,617
GS-11$72,355$74,767$77,179$79,592$82,004$84,417$86,829$89,242$91,654$94,066
GS-12$86,724$89,615$92,507$95,398$98,289$101,180$104,072$106,963$109,854$112,745
GS-13$103,126$106,563$110,001$113,438$116,876$120,314$123,751$127,189$130,626$134,064
GS-14$121,863$125,925$129,987$134,049$138,110$142,172$146,234$150,296$154,358$158,419
GS-15$143,344$148,122$152,900$157,678$162,456$167,235$172,013$172,500*$172,500*$172,500*

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 26.37% 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$24,943$25,779$26,608$27,434$28,263$28,748$29,568$30,395$30,427$31,201
GS-2$28,047$28,714$29,643$30,427$30,770$31,675$32,579$33,484$34,389$35,294
GS-3$30,602$31,622$32,641$33,661$34,681$35,701$36,721$37,740$38,760$39,780
GS-4$34,352$35,497$36,642$37,787$38,932$40,077$41,222$42,367$43,512$44,657
GS-5$38,434$39,716$40,997$42,278$43,560$44,841$46,123$47,404$48,685$49,967
GS-6$42,843$44,271$45,699$47,127$48,555$49,983$51,411$52,839$54,267$55,695
GS-7$47,609$49,196$50,783$52,370$53,957$55,545$57,132$58,719$60,306$61,893
GS-8$52,725$54,483$56,241$57,999$59,757$61,514$63,272$65,030$66,788$68,546
GS-9$58,235$60,176$62,117$64,058$65,999$67,940$69,881$71,822$73,763$75,704
GS-10$64,130$66,268$68,407$70,545$72,683$74,821$76,959$79,098$81,236$83,374
GS-11$70,459$72,808$75,157$77,507$79,856$82,205$84,554$86,903$89,253$91,602
GS-12$84,452$87,267$90,083$92,898$95,714$98,529$101,345$104,160$106,976$109,792
GS-13$100,424$103,771$107,119$110,466$113,814$117,161$120,509$123,857$127,204$130,552
GS-14$118,670$122,626$126,581$130,536$134,492$138,447$142,403$146,358$150,313$154,269
GS-15$139,588$144,241$148,894$153,547$158,200$162,853$167,506$172,159$172,500*$172,500*

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 15.95% (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$22,886$23,654$24,414$25,172$25,932$26,377$27,130$27,888$27,918$28,628
GS-2$25,734$26,346$27,198$27,918$28,233$29,063$29,893$30,723$31,553$32,384
GS-3$28,078$29,014$29,950$30,886$31,821$32,757$33,693$34,628$35,564$36,500
GS-4$31,520$32,570$33,621$34,671$35,722$36,772$37,823$38,873$39,924$40,974
GS-5$35,265$36,441$37,616$38,792$39,968$41,144$42,319$43,495$44,671$45,847
GS-6$39,311$40,621$41,931$43,241$44,551$45,862$47,172$48,482$49,792$51,103
GS-7$43,683$45,139$46,596$48,052$49,508$50,965$52,421$53,877$55,334$56,790
GS-8$48,378$49,991$51,604$53,216$54,829$56,442$58,055$59,668$61,281$62,894
GS-9$53,433$55,214$56,995$58,776$60,557$62,338$64,119$65,900$67,681$69,462
GS-10$58,842$60,804$62,766$64,728$66,690$68,652$70,614$72,575$74,537$76,499
GS-11$64,649$66,805$68,960$71,116$73,271$75,427$77,582$79,738$81,893$84,049
GS-12$77,488$80,072$82,655$85,238$87,822$90,405$92,988$95,572$98,155$100,739
GS-13$92,143$95,215$98,286$101,358$104,429$107,501$110,572$113,644$116,715$119,787
GS-14$108,885$112,514$116,144$119,773$123,402$127,031$130,661$134,290$137,919$141,548
GS-15$128,078$132,348$136,617$140,886$145,155$149,425$153,694$157,963$162,233$166,502

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 $172,500, 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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