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California Government Pay Charts California General Schedule Payscales

15,354 federal employees †
$75,036 average yearly pay
+2% 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
Edwards Air Force Base   Air Force Unknown Los Angeles 33.61%
Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range   Navy Unknown Los Angeles 33.61%
West Covina   Civilian 66 Los Angeles 33.61%
Victorville   Civilian 175 Los Angeles 33.61%
Twentynine Palms   Marines 69 Los Angeles 33.61%
Torrance   Civilian 61 Los Angeles 33.61%
Thousand Oaks   Civilian 100 Los Angeles 33.61%
Temecula   Civilian 17 Los Angeles 33.61%
Simi Valley   Civilian 44 Los Angeles 33.61%
Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach   Navy 2 Los Angeles 33.61%
Santa Maria   Civilian 140 Los Angeles 33.61%
Santa Clarita   Civilian 29 Los Angeles 33.61%
Santa Ana   Civilian 359 Los Angeles 33.61%
Camp San Luis Obispo   Army 31 Los Angeles 33.61%
San Buenaventura (Ventura)   Civilian Unknown Los Angeles 33.61%
San Bernardino   Civilian 367 Los Angeles 33.61%
Camp Haan   Army 290 Los Angeles 33.61%
Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake   Navy 16 Los Angeles 33.61%
Rialto   Civilian 5 Los Angeles 33.61%
Rancho Cucamonga   Civilian 5 Los Angeles 33.61%
Naval Base Ventura County   Navy 1 Los Angeles 33.61%
Pomona   Civilian 37 Los Angeles 33.61%
Pasadena   Civilian 155 Los Angeles 33.61%
Palmdale   Civilian 10 Los Angeles 33.61%
Naval Air Station Point Mugu   Navy 60 Los Angeles 33.61%
Orange   Civilian 81 Los Angeles 33.61%
Ontario   Civilian 112 Los Angeles 33.61%
Norwalk   Civilian 36 Los Angeles 33.61%
Murrieta   Civilian 12 Los Angeles 33.61%
Moreno Valley   Civilian 123 Los Angeles 33.61%
Los Angeles   Civilian 5,499 Los Angeles 33.61%
Joint Forces Training Base   Joint Military 7 Los Angeles 33.61%
Long Beach   Civilian 1,888 Los Angeles 33.61%
Vandenberg Air Force Base   Air Force 112 Los Angeles 33.61%
Loma Linda   Civilian 1,496 Los Angeles 33.61%
Lancaster   Civilian 103 Los Angeles 33.61%
Irvine   Civilian 277 Los Angeles 33.61%
Inglewood   Civilian 38 Los Angeles 33.61%
Huntington Beach   Civilian 20 Los Angeles 33.61%
Glendale   Civilian 115 Los Angeles 33.61%
Garden Grove   Civilian 47 Los Angeles 33.61%
Fullerton   Civilian 10 Los Angeles 33.61%
Fontana   Civilian 59 Los Angeles 33.61%
Los Angeles Air Force Base   Air Force 63 Los Angeles 33.61%
El Monte   Civilian 109 Los Angeles 33.61%
Naval Air Facility El Centro   Navy 89 Los Angeles 33.61%
Downey   Civilian 25 Los Angeles 33.61%
Costa Mesa   Civilian 7 Los Angeles 33.61%
Corona   Civilian 123 Los Angeles 33.61%
Burbank   Civilian 18 Los Angeles 33.61%
Fort Irwin   Army 49 Los Angeles 33.61%
Bakersfield   Civilian 225 Los Angeles 33.61%
Anaheim   Civilian 83 Los Angeles 33.61%
McClellan Air Force Base   Air Force Unknown Sacramento 27.3%
Sacramento   Civilian 2,149 Sacramento 27.3%
Roseville   Civilian 73 Sacramento 27.3%
Beale Air Force Base   Air Force 1 Sacramento 27.3%
Elk Grove   Civilian 30 Sacramento 27.3%
Naval Base Point Loma   Navy 3,246 San Diego 30.87%
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton   Marines 47 San Diego 30.87%
Escondido   Civilian 16 San Diego 30.87%
El Cajon   Civilian 63 San Diego 30.87%
Naval Amphibious Base Coronado   Navy 5 San Diego 30.87%
Chula Vista   Civilian 91 San Diego 30.87%
Carlsbad   Civilian 67 San Diego 30.87%
Fort Hunter Liggett   Army Unknown San Francisco 42.74%
Vallejo   Civilian 252 San Francisco 42.74%
Sunnyvale   Civilian 10 San Francisco 42.74%
Stockton   Civilian 229 San Francisco 42.74%
Santa Rosa   Civilian 141 San Francisco 42.74%
Santa Clara   Civilian 8 San Francisco 42.74%
San Mateo   Civilian 41 San Francisco 42.74%
San Jose   Civilian 438 San Francisco 42.74%
San Francisco   Civilian 5,216 San Francisco 42.74%
Salinas   Civilian 451 San Francisco 42.74%
Richmond   Civilian 1,233 San Francisco 42.74%
Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma   Coast Guard 83 San Francisco 42.74%
Palo Alto   Civilian 1,505 San Francisco 42.74%
Oakland   Civilian 1,636 San Francisco 42.74%
Presidio of Monterey   Army 86 San Francisco 42.74%
Menlo Park   Civilian 1,016 San Francisco 42.74%
Hayward   Civilian 44 San Francisco 42.74%
Fremont   Civilian 70 San Francisco 42.74%
Travis Air Force Base   Air Force 128 San Francisco 42.74%
Parks Reserve Forces Training Area   Army 48 San Francisco 42.74%
Daly City   Civilian 25 San Francisco 42.74%
Military Ocean terminal Concord   Navy 26 San Francisco 42.74%
Berkeley   Civilian 52 San Francisco 42.74%
Antioch   Civilian 33 San Francisco 42.74%
Integrated Support Command Alameda   Coast Guard 398 San Francisco 42.74%
Sierra Army Depot   Army Unknown Rest of U.S. 16.2%
Mountain Warfare Training Center   Marines 40 Rest of U.S. 16.2%
Visalia   Civilian 147 Rest of U.S. 16.2%
San Joaquin Depot   Joint Military Unknown Rest of U.S. 16.2%
Modesto   Civilian 151 Rest of U.S. 16.2%
Naval Air Station Lemoore   Navy Unknown Rest of U.S. 16.2%
Fresno   Civilian 4,866 Rest of U.S. 16.2%
Clovis   Civilian 106 Rest of U.S. 16.2%

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 2,557 $57,921.00 $0.00
Medical Support Assistance 1,851 $46,791.00 $0.00
Tax Examining 1,826 $42,901.00 $0.00
Nursing Assistant 957 $45,785.00 $0.00
Veterans Claims Examining 936 $84,934.00 $0.00
Social Work 916 $94,116.00 $0.00
Social Insurance Administration 840 $102,101.00 $0.00
Practical Nurse 736 $61,771.00 $0.00
Health Aid And Technician 534 $49,848.00 $0.00
General Health Science 500 $99,042.00 $0.00
General Legal And Kindred Administration 431 $66,425.00 $0.00
Miscellaneous Clerk And Assistant 423 $44,326.00 $0.00
Data Transcriber 393 $34,406.00 $0.00
Aerospace Engineering 349 $142,499.00 $0.00
Mail And File 347 $32,013.00 $0.00
Pharmacist 247 $150,286.00 $0.00
General Engineering 212 $152,389.00 $0.00
Financial Clerical And Assistance 210 $49,215.00 $0.00
Miscellaneous Administration And Program 154 $99,561.00 $0.00
Agricultural Commodity Grading 141 $47,924.00 $0.00
Forestry Technician 124 $48,816.00 $0.00
Psychology 122 $120,445.00 $0.00
Environmental Protection Specialist 114 $136,769.00 $0.00
Environmental Engineering 114 $135,204.00 $0.00
General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences 109 $96,634.00 $0.00
General Physical Science 107 $128,163.00 $0.00
Loan Specialist 104 $77,466.00 $0.00

This table lists the top 27 occupations held by the approximately 15,354 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 5,970 $68,954.00 $0.00
Internal Revenue Service 4,913 $43,376.00 $0.00
Social Security Administration 2,007 $79,089.00 $0.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 936 $84,934.00 $0.00
Ames Research Center 423 $152,105.00 $0.00
Environmental Protection Agency 335 $133,379.00 $0.00
Citizenship And Immigration Services 154 $99,561.00 $0.00
Agricultural Marketing Service 141 $47,924.00 $0.00
Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center 138 $133,178.00 $0.00
Forest Service 124 $48,816.00 $0.00
U.s. Fish And Wildlife Service 109 $96,634.00 $0.00
Small Business Administration 104 $77,466.00 $0.00

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 15,354 federal employees on the General Schedule payscale located within California. The average federal employee in California earns $75,036 per year, and the average yearly bonus is $0.

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 5,970 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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