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Law Enforcement (LEO) Payscale in California for 2019

The Law Enforcement (LEO) payscale is the federal government payscale used to determine the salaries of over 70% of federal civilian employees.

Like the General Schedule (GS) Payscale, under the LEO payscale an employee's base pay depends on two factors - the LEO 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 LEO 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 LEO pay scales for each area, with starting pay for a LEO-1 broken down by county in the interactive map.

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.

LEO Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
LEO-3$39,357$40,450$41,544$42,637$43,730$44,824$45,917$47,010$48,104$49,197
LEO-4$44,178$45,405$46,631$47,858$49,085$50,311$51,538$52,765$53,991$55,218
LEO-5$50,801$52,174$53,546$54,919$56,292$57,664$59,037$60,409$61,782$63,155
LEO-6$53,573$55,104$56,635$58,167$59,698$61,229$62,760$64,292$65,823$67,354
LEO-7$57,830$59,531$61,232$62,933$64,634$66,335$68,036$69,737$71,438$73,139
LEO-8$60,276$62,160$64,043$65,927$67,810$69,694$71,577$73,461$75,344$77,228
LEO-9$64,495$66,575$68,655$70,735$72,815$74,895$76,975$79,055$81,135$83,215
LEO-10$71,024$73,315$75,605$77,896$80,186$82,477$84,767$87,058$89,348$91,639

The San Francisco locality pay rates also apply to federal workers in the following major cities: 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 areas 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.

LEO Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
LEO-3$36,867$37,891$38,915$39,939$40,963$41,988$43,012$44,036$45,060$46,084
LEO-4$41,383$42,532$43,681$44,830$45,979$47,128$48,277$49,426$50,575$51,724
LEO-5$47,587$48,873$50,158$51,444$52,730$54,016$55,302$56,587$57,873$59,159
LEO-6$50,183$51,618$53,052$54,486$55,921$57,355$58,789$60,224$61,658$63,092
LEO-7$54,171$55,764$57,358$58,951$60,545$62,138$63,731$65,325$66,918$68,512
LEO-8$56,462$58,227$59,991$61,755$63,520$65,284$67,048$68,813$70,577$72,341
LEO-9$60,414$62,363$64,311$66,260$68,208$70,156$72,105$74,053$76,001$77,950
LEO-10$66,530$68,676$70,822$72,967$75,113$77,258$79,404$81,550$83,695$85,841

The Los Angeles locality pay rates also apply to federal workers in the following major cities: 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 areas 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.

LEO Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
LEO-3$36,118$37,121$38,125$39,128$40,132$41,135$42,138$43,142$44,145$45,148
LEO-4$40,542$41,668$42,794$43,920$45,045$46,171$47,297$48,422$49,548$50,674
LEO-5$46,620$47,880$49,140$50,399$51,659$52,919$54,178$55,438$56,698$57,957
LEO-6$49,164$50,569$51,975$53,380$54,785$56,190$57,595$59,001$60,406$61,811
LEO-7$53,071$54,632$56,193$57,754$59,315$60,876$62,437$63,998$65,559$67,120
LEO-8$55,316$57,044$58,773$60,501$62,230$63,958$65,687$67,415$69,144$70,872
LEO-9$59,187$61,096$63,005$64,914$66,823$68,732$70,640$72,549$74,458$76,367
LEO-10$65,179$67,281$69,383$71,485$73,587$75,689$77,791$79,893$81,995$84,097

The San Diego locality pay rates also apply to federal workers in the following major cities: Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Coronado, El Cajon, Escondido, Oceanside, San Diego, and other areas 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.

LEO Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
LEO-3$35,218$36,196$37,175$38,153$39,131$40,110$41,088$42,066$43,045$44,023
LEO-4$39,532$40,630$41,727$42,825$43,923$45,020$46,118$47,216$48,313$49,411
LEO-5$45,459$46,687$47,915$49,143$50,372$51,600$52,828$54,056$55,285$56,513
LEO-6$47,939$49,309$50,679$52,050$53,420$54,790$56,160$57,530$58,900$60,271
LEO-7$51,748$53,270$54,792$56,315$57,837$59,359$60,881$62,403$63,925$65,447
LEO-8$53,937$55,623$57,308$58,993$60,679$62,364$64,050$65,735$67,420$69,106
LEO-9$57,712$59,574$61,435$63,296$65,157$67,019$68,880$70,741$72,602$74,464
LEO-10$63,555$65,604$67,654$69,704$71,753$73,803$75,853$77,902$79,952$82,001

The Sacramento locality pay rates also apply to federal workers in the following major cities: Elk Grove, Marysville, Roseville, Sacramento, McClellan, and other areas within the region.

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Rest of California Locality Adjustment: 15.67%

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).

LEO Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
LEO-3$32,436$33,337$34,238$35,139$36,040$36,942$37,843$38,744$39,645$40,546
LEO-4$36,409$37,420$38,431$39,442$40,453$41,464$42,475$43,486$44,497$45,508
LEO-5$41,868$42,999$44,130$45,262$46,393$47,524$48,655$49,787$50,918$52,049
LEO-6$44,152$45,414$46,676$47,938$49,200$50,462$51,724$52,986$54,248$55,510
LEO-7$47,661$49,063$50,465$51,866$53,268$54,670$56,072$57,474$58,876$60,278
LEO-8$49,677$51,229$52,781$54,334$55,886$57,438$58,991$60,543$62,095$63,647
LEO-9$53,154$54,868$56,582$58,297$60,011$61,725$63,439$65,153$66,868$68,582
LEO-10$58,535$60,423$62,310$64,198$66,086$67,973$69,861$71,749$73,637$75,524

The Rest of U.S. locality pay rates also apply to federal workers in the following major cities: Clovis, El Centro, Fresno, Lemoore, Modesto, San Joaquin, Visalia, Niland, Bridgeport, Herlong, and other areas within the region.

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* For some high-paygrade workers, pay under the GS scale may be capped at $166,500 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/leo/2019/california