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General Schedule (GS) Payscale in California for 2022

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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 42.74% 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$28,794$29,760$30,716$31,670$32,626$33,186$34,133$35,087$35,125$36,019
GS-2$32,376$33,147$34,219$35,125$35,522$36,567$37,612$38,657$39,702$40,747
GS-3$35,327$36,504$37,682$38,860$40,037$41,215$42,392$43,570$44,748$45,925
GS-4$39,656$40,978$42,300$43,621$44,943$46,265$47,587$48,908$50,230$51,552
GS-5$44,368$45,847$47,325$48,804$50,283$51,762$53,241$54,719$56,198$57,677
GS-6$49,458$51,107$52,755$54,404$56,053$57,701$59,350$60,999$62,647$64,296
GS-7$54,959$56,791$58,622$60,453$62,285$64,116$65,947$67,779$69,610$71,441
GS-8$60,866$62,894$64,922$66,951$68,979$71,007$73,036$75,064$77,092$79,121
GS-9$67,226$69,467$71,708$73,949$76,190$78,431$80,672$82,913$85,154$87,395
GS-10$74,031$76,499$78,967$81,435$83,903$86,371$88,839$91,306$93,774$96,242
GS-11$81,338$84,048$86,759$89,469$92,180$94,891$97,601$100,312$103,023$105,733
GS-12$97,490$100,740$103,990$107,241$110,491$113,741$116,991$120,241$123,492$126,742
GS-13$115,928$119,792$123,656$127,520$131,384$135,248$139,112$142,976$146,839$150,703
GS-14$136,992$141,558$146,124$150,691$155,257$159,823$164,389$168,956$173,522$176,300*
GS-15$161,139$166,510$171,882$176,300*$176,300*$176,300*$176,300*$176,300*$176,300*$176,300*

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.

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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 33.61% 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$26,952$27,856$28,752$29,644$30,539$31,063$31,950$32,843$32,879$33,715
GS-2$30,305$31,027$32,030$32,879$33,250$34,228$35,206$36,184$37,162$38,140
GS-3$33,067$34,169$35,272$36,374$37,476$38,579$39,681$40,783$41,885$42,988
GS-4$37,120$38,357$39,594$40,831$42,068$43,306$44,543$45,780$47,017$48,255
GS-5$41,530$42,914$44,298$45,683$47,067$48,451$49,835$51,219$52,604$53,988
GS-6$46,295$47,838$49,381$50,924$52,467$54,011$55,554$57,097$58,640$60,183
GS-7$51,444$53,158$54,872$56,587$58,301$60,015$61,729$63,443$65,158$66,872
GS-8$56,973$58,871$60,770$62,668$64,567$66,466$68,364$70,263$72,161$74,060
GS-9$62,926$65,024$67,122$69,219$71,317$73,415$75,512$77,610$79,708$81,805
GS-10$69,295$71,606$73,916$76,226$78,536$80,846$83,156$85,466$87,776$90,087
GS-11$76,135$78,672$81,209$83,747$86,284$88,821$91,359$93,896$96,433$98,970
GS-12$91,254$94,297$97,339$100,381$103,423$106,466$109,508$112,550$115,593$118,635
GS-13$108,513$112,130$115,746$119,363$122,980$126,597$130,214$133,830$137,447$141,064
GS-14$128,230$132,504$136,778$141,052$145,326$149,600$153,875$158,149$162,423$166,697
GS-15$150,832$155,860$160,888$165,916$170,943$175,971$176,300*$176,300*$176,300*$176,300*

The Los Angeles locality pay rate also applies to Anaheim, Bakersfield, Barstow, Burbank, Corona, Costa Mesa, Downey, El Centro, 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, Niland, Edwards, and other cities 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 30.87% 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$26,399$27,285$28,162$29,036$29,913$30,426$31,295$32,169$32,204$33,024
GS-2$29,684$30,391$31,373$32,204$32,568$33,526$34,484$35,442$36,400$37,358
GS-3$32,389$33,469$34,548$35,628$36,708$37,787$38,867$39,947$41,026$42,106
GS-4$36,358$37,570$38,782$39,994$41,206$42,418$43,629$44,841$46,053$47,265
GS-5$40,678$42,034$43,390$44,746$46,102$47,457$48,813$50,169$51,525$52,881
GS-6$45,345$46,857$48,368$49,880$51,391$52,903$54,414$55,926$57,438$58,949
GS-7$50,389$52,068$53,747$55,426$57,105$58,784$60,463$62,142$63,821$65,500
GS-8$55,804$57,664$59,524$61,383$63,243$65,103$66,962$68,822$70,682$72,541
GS-9$61,636$63,691$65,745$67,800$69,854$71,909$73,964$76,018$78,073$80,128
GS-10$67,874$70,137$72,400$74,663$76,925$79,188$81,451$83,714$85,976$88,239
GS-11$74,574$77,059$79,544$82,029$84,515$87,000$89,485$91,970$94,455$96,941
GS-12$89,383$92,363$95,343$98,323$101,303$104,282$107,262$110,242$113,222$116,202
GS-13$106,287$109,830$113,373$116,915$120,458$124,001$127,543$131,086$134,629$138,171
GS-14$125,600$129,786$133,973$138,159$142,346$146,533$150,719$154,906$159,092$163,279
GS-15$147,739$152,664$157,588$162,513$167,438$172,362$176,300*$176,300*$176,300*$176,300*

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.

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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 27.3% 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$25,679$26,541$27,394$28,244$29,097$29,596$30,441$31,292$31,326$32,123
GS-2$28,874$29,562$30,518$31,326$31,680$32,612$33,544$34,475$35,407$36,339
GS-3$31,505$32,556$33,606$34,656$35,706$36,757$37,807$38,857$39,907$40,958
GS-4$35,366$36,545$37,724$38,903$40,082$41,260$42,439$43,618$44,797$45,976
GS-5$39,569$40,887$42,206$43,525$44,844$46,163$47,482$48,800$50,119$51,438
GS-6$44,108$45,578$47,049$48,519$49,989$51,460$52,930$54,400$55,871$57,341
GS-7$49,014$50,648$52,281$53,914$55,547$57,181$58,814$60,447$62,080$63,714
GS-8$54,282$56,091$57,900$59,709$61,518$63,327$65,136$66,945$68,753$70,562
GS-9$59,954$61,953$63,952$65,950$67,949$69,948$71,946$73,945$75,943$77,942
GS-10$66,023$68,224$70,425$72,626$74,827$77,028$79,229$81,430$83,631$85,832
GS-11$72,539$74,957$77,374$79,792$82,209$84,626$87,044$89,461$91,879$94,296
GS-12$86,945$89,843$92,742$95,640$98,539$101,438$104,336$107,235$110,134$113,032
GS-13$103,388$106,834$110,280$113,726$117,172$120,618$124,064$127,510$130,956$134,402
GS-14$122,174$126,246$130,318$134,391$138,463$142,535$146,608$150,680$154,752$158,825
GS-15$143,709$148,499$153,290$158,080$162,870$167,660$172,451$176,300*$176,300*$176,300*

The Sacramento locality pay rate also applies to Elk Grove, Marysville, Roseville, Sacramento, McClellan, and other cities 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 16.2% (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$23,440$24,227$25,005$25,781$26,560$27,015$27,787$28,563$28,594$29,322
GS-2$26,356$26,984$27,857$28,594$28,918$29,768$30,619$31,469$32,320$33,170
GS-3$28,758$29,717$30,676$31,634$32,593$33,552$34,510$35,469$36,428$37,386
GS-4$32,283$33,359$34,435$35,511$36,587$37,663$38,739$39,815$40,891$41,967
GS-5$36,118$37,322$38,526$39,730$40,934$42,138$43,341$44,545$45,749$46,953
GS-6$40,262$41,604$42,946$44,288$45,631$46,973$48,315$49,657$50,999$52,341
GS-7$44,740$46,231$47,722$49,213$50,704$52,195$53,686$55,176$56,667$58,158
GS-8$49,549$51,200$52,851$54,502$56,154$57,805$59,456$61,107$62,758$64,410
GS-9$54,727$56,551$58,375$60,200$62,024$63,848$65,673$67,497$69,321$71,146
GS-10$60,266$62,275$64,284$66,293$68,302$70,311$72,321$74,330$76,339$78,348
GS-11$66,214$68,421$70,628$72,834$75,041$77,247$79,454$81,661$83,867$86,074
GS-12$79,363$82,009$84,655$87,301$89,947$92,593$95,239$97,885$100,530$103,176
GS-13$94,373$97,519$100,664$103,810$106,955$110,101$113,246$116,392$119,537$122,683
GS-14$111,521$115,238$118,955$122,672$126,390$130,107$133,824$137,541$141,259$144,976
GS-15$131,178$135,551$139,923$144,296$148,669$153,041$157,414$161,786$166,159$170,532

The Rest of U.S. locality pay rate also applies to Clovis, Fresno, Lemoore, Modesto, San Joaquin, Visalia, Bridgeport, Herlong, and other cities within the region.

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* For some high-paygrade workers pay under the GS scale may be capped at $176,300, 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/2022/california