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California Government Pay Charts California General Schedule Payscales

12,109 federal employees †
$70,800 average yearly pay
+1% salary raise this year

Federal employees in California are paid an adjusted base salary based on which of the five General Schedule localities that cover California in which they work. Localities that cover parts of California include Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco and Rest of U.S..

This table lists all of the major cities and military installations within California where Federal employees work. Each city lists the GS Locality in which it is located, and the current Locality Adjustment applicable to that locality. Click on any city or locality to see the adjusted pay tables for that region.

City / Base Locality Type Federal Employee Count † GS Locality Name Locality Adjustment
Los Angeles   Civilian 5,499 Los Angeles 31.47%
Naval Base Point Loma   Navy 3,246 San Diego 28.8%
San Jose   Civilian 438 San Francisco 40.35%
San Francisco   Civilian 5,216 San Francisco 40.35%
Fresno   Civilian 4,866 Rest of U.S. 15.67%
Sacramento   Civilian 2,149 Sacramento 25.59%
Long Beach   Civilian 1,888 Los Angeles 31.47%
Oakland   Civilian 1,636 San Francisco 40.35%
Bakersfield   Civilian 225 Los Angeles 31.47%
Anaheim   Civilian 83 Los Angeles 31.47%
Santa Ana   Civilian 359 Los Angeles 31.47%
Camp Haan   Army 290 Los Angeles 31.47%
Stockton   Civilian 229 San Francisco 40.35%
Chula Vista   Civilian 91 San Diego 28.8%
Irvine   Civilian 277 Los Angeles 31.47%
Fremont   Civilian 70 San Francisco 40.35%
San Bernardino   Civilian 367 Los Angeles 31.47%
Modesto   Civilian 151 Rest of U.S. 15.67%
Naval Air Station Point Mugu   Navy 60 Los Angeles 31.47%
Fontana   Civilian 59 Los Angeles 31.47%
Moreno Valley   Civilian 123 Los Angeles 31.47%
Huntington Beach   Civilian 20 Los Angeles 31.47%
Glendale   Civilian 115 Los Angeles 31.47%
Santa Clarita   Civilian 29 Los Angeles 31.47%
Garden Grove   Civilian 47 Los Angeles 31.47%
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton   Marines 47 San Diego 28.8%
Rancho Cucamonga   Civilian 5 Los Angeles 31.47%
Santa Rosa   Civilian 141 San Francisco 40.35%
Ontario   Civilian 112 Los Angeles 31.47%
Elk Grove   Civilian 30 Sacramento 25.59%
Corona   Civilian 123 Los Angeles 31.47%
Lancaster   Civilian 103 Los Angeles 31.47%
Palmdale   Civilian 10 Los Angeles 31.47%
Salinas   Civilian 451 San Francisco 40.35%
Hayward   Civilian 44 San Francisco 40.35%
Pomona   Civilian 37 Los Angeles 31.47%
Escondido   Civilian 16 San Diego 28.8%
Sunnyvale   Civilian 10 San Francisco 40.35%
Torrance   Civilian 61 Los Angeles 31.47%
Pasadena   Civilian 155 Los Angeles 31.47%
Orange   Civilian 81 Los Angeles 31.47%
Fullerton   Civilian 10 Los Angeles 31.47%
Thousand Oaks   Civilian 100 Los Angeles 31.47%
Visalia   Civilian 147 Rest of U.S. 15.67%
Roseville   Civilian 73 Sacramento 25.59%
Military Ocean terminal Concord   Navy 26 San Francisco 40.35%
Simi Valley   Civilian 44 Los Angeles 31.47%
Santa Clara   Civilian 8 San Francisco 40.35%
Victorville   Civilian 175 Los Angeles 31.47%
Vallejo   Civilian 252 San Francisco 40.35%
Berkeley   Civilian 52 San Francisco 40.35%
El Monte   Civilian 109 Los Angeles 31.47%
Downey   Civilian 25 Los Angeles 31.47%
Costa Mesa   Civilian 7 Los Angeles 31.47%
Carlsbad   Civilian 67 San Diego 28.8%
Inglewood   Civilian 38 Los Angeles 31.47%
Travis Air Force Base   Air Force 128 San Francisco 40.35%
San Buenaventura (Ventura)   Civilian Unknown Los Angeles 31.47%
Temecula   Civilian 17 Los Angeles 31.47%
Antioch   Civilian 33 San Francisco 40.35%
Richmond   Civilian 1,233 San Francisco 40.35%
West Covina   Civilian 66 Los Angeles 31.47%
Murrieta   Civilian 12 Los Angeles 31.47%
Norwalk   Civilian 36 Los Angeles 31.47%
Daly City   Civilian 25 San Francisco 40.35%
Burbank   Civilian 18 Los Angeles 31.47%
Santa Maria   Civilian 140 Los Angeles 31.47%
El Cajon   Civilian 63 San Diego 28.8%
San Mateo   Civilian 41 San Francisco 40.35%
Rialto   Civilian 5 Los Angeles 31.47%
Clovis   Civilian 106 Rest of U.S. 15.67%
Integrated Support Command Alameda   Coast Guard 398 San Francisco 40.35%
Palo Alto   Civilian 1,505 San Francisco 40.35%
Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma   Coast Guard 83 San Francisco 40.35%
Parks Reserve Forces Training Area   Army 48 San Francisco 40.35%
Camp San Luis Obispo   Army 31 Los Angeles 31.47%
Vandenberg Air Force Base   Air Force 112 Los Angeles 31.47%
Naval Air Facility El Centro   Navy 89 Rest of U.S. 15.67%
Menlo Park   Civilian 1,016 San Francisco 40.35%
Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake   Navy 16 Los Angeles 31.47%
Presidio of Monterey   Army 86 San Francisco 40.35%
Twentynine Palms   Marines 69 Los Angeles 31.47%
Naval Air Station Lemoore   Navy Unknown Rest of U.S. 15.67%
Naval Amphibious Base Coronado   Navy 5 San Diego 28.8%
Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach   Navy 2 Los Angeles 31.47%
Loma Linda   Civilian 1,496 Los Angeles 31.47%
Fort Irwin   Army 49 Los Angeles 31.47%
Naval Base Ventura County   Navy 1 Los Angeles 31.47%
Los Angeles Air Force Base   Air Force 63 Los Angeles 31.47%
Beale Air Force Base   Air Force 1 Sacramento 25.59%
Joint Forces Training Base   Joint Military 7 Los Angeles 31.47%
San Joaquin Depot   Joint Military Unknown Rest of U.S. 15.67%
Mountain Warfare Training Center   Marines 40 Rest of U.S. 15.67%
Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range   Navy Unknown Rest of U.S. 15.67%
Edwards Air Force Base   Air Force Unknown Los Angeles 31.47%
Fort Hunter Liggett   Army Unknown San Francisco 40.35%
McClellan Air Force Base   Air Force Unknown Sacramento 25.59%
Sierra Army Depot   Army Unknown Rest of U.S. 15.67%

Employee count includes only Non-DoD Employees in the GS Pay Scale. However, these rates apply to all General Schedule (GS) employees, including those in the Department of Defense (DoD).

California Federal Employment Statistics

This section provides statistics on Federal government employees in California, including most common occupations, agencies with the most local employees, and the average paygrade and salary rates of general schedule employees in the area. All data in this section is derived from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM)'s most recent available listings of federal employees in California.

Common Occupations in California

Occupation Number Employed Avg. Salary Avg. Bonus
Contact Representative 1,867 $57,799.00 $224.00
Medical Support Assistance 1,200 $43,670.00 $11.00
Tax Examining 916 $47,505.00 $11.00
Social Insurance Administration 862 $93,873.00 $322.00
Veterans Claims Examining 810 $77,075.00 $93.00
Nursing Assistant 774 $44,454.00 $22.00
Social Work 754 $86,836.00 $25.00
Practical Nurse 708 $53,292.00 $14.00
Miscellaneous Clerk And Assistant 631 $45,316.00 $26.00
Mail And File 573 $29,111.00 $0.00
General Health Science 362 $94,150.00 $42.00
General Legal And Kindred Administration 337 $64,617.00 $290.00
Aerospace Engineering 332 $134,241.00 $423.00
Miscellaneous Administration And Program 263 $83,794.00 $166.00
Loan Specialist 237 $59,888.00 $4.00
Financial Clerical And Assistance 211 $46,911.00 $48.00
Environmental Protection Specialist 193 $128,431.00 $1,607.00
General Engineering 177 $151,651.00 $1,145.00
Agricultural Commodity Grading 160 $44,132.00 $10.00
Pharmacist 113 $136,362.00 $0.00
Health Aid And Technician 111 $53,815.00 $0.00
General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences 109 $92,008.00 $267.00
Data Transcriber 103 $35,754.00 $0.00
Environmental Engineering 103 $117,545.00 $1,608.00
Worker's Compensation Claims Examining 102 $104,344.00 $81.00
Financial Administration And Program 101 $76,925.00 $35.00

This table lists the top 26 occupations held by the approximately 12,109 federal employees working in California, California, as well as average yearly compensation for California based federal employees of that occupation.

Federal Agencies in California

Agency California Employees Avg. Salary Avg. Bonus
Veterans Health Administration 4,450 $63,638.00 $20.00
Internal Revenue Service 3,471 $47,114.00 $17.00
Social Security Administration 1,817 $73,314.00 $319.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 810 $77,075.00 $93.00
Ames Research Center 365 $147,936.00 $990.00
Environmental Protection Agency 296 $122,988.00 $1,608.00
Small Business Administration 237 $59,888.00 $4.00
Agricultural Marketing Service 160 $44,132.00 $10.00
Citizenship And Immigration Services 148 $92,613.00 $332.00
Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center 144 $124,260.00 $12.00
U.s. Fish And Wildlife Service 109 $92,008.00 $267.00
Office Of Workers' Compensation Programs 102 $104,344.00 $81.00

There are twelve Federal agencies with a significant workforce in California. General Schedule employees at all of the agencies listed below will be paid according to the locality-adjusted GS payscale listed on this page.


Distribution of GS Employees in California

There are approximately 12,109 federal employees on the General Schedule payscale located within California. The average federal employee in California earns $70,800 per year, and the average yearly bonus is $165.

Based on data provided by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the most common job title for federal employees based in California is Contact Representative. The Federal agency with the largest number of employees in California is the Veterans Health Administration, which has total of 4,450 employees in the area.

The bar graph to the left shows the distribution of employees in California by paygrade, from GS-1 to GS-15. To learn more about how paygrades are determined and how they affect a federal employee's salary, see how to calculate GS Pay.

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