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California Government Pay Charts California General Schedule Payscales

12,707 federal employees †
$65,782 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 30.57%
Naval Base Point Loma   Navy 3,246 San Diego 27.88%
San Jose   Civilian 438 San Francisco 39.28%
San Francisco   Civilian 5,216 San Francisco 39.28%
Fresno   Civilian 4,866 Rest of U.S. 15.37%
Sacramento   Civilian 2,149 Sacramento 24.86%
Long Beach   Civilian 1,888 Los Angeles 30.57%
Oakland   Civilian 1,636 San Francisco 39.28%
Bakersfield   Civilian 225 Los Angeles 30.57%
Anaheim   Civilian 83 Los Angeles 30.57%
Santa Ana   Civilian 359 Los Angeles 30.57%
Camp Haan   Army 290 Los Angeles 30.57%
Stockton   Civilian 229 San Francisco 39.28%
Chula Vista   Civilian 91 San Diego 27.88%
Irvine   Civilian 277 Los Angeles 30.57%
Fremont   Civilian 70 San Francisco 39.28%
San Bernardino   Civilian 367 Los Angeles 30.57%
Modesto   Civilian 151 Rest of U.S. 15.37%
Naval Air Station Point Mugu   Navy 60 Los Angeles 30.57%
Fontana   Civilian 59 Los Angeles 30.57%
Moreno Valley   Civilian 123 Los Angeles 30.57%
Huntington Beach   Civilian 20 Los Angeles 30.57%
Glendale   Civilian 115 Los Angeles 30.57%
Santa Clarita   Civilian 29 Los Angeles 30.57%
Garden Grove   Civilian 47 Los Angeles 30.57%
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton   Marines 47 San Diego 27.88%
Rancho Cucamonga   Civilian 5 Los Angeles 30.57%
Santa Rosa   Civilian 141 San Francisco 39.28%
Ontario   Civilian 112 Los Angeles 30.57%
Elk Grove   Civilian 30 Sacramento 24.86%
Corona   Civilian 123 Los Angeles 30.57%
Lancaster   Civilian 103 Los Angeles 30.57%
Palmdale   Civilian 10 Los Angeles 30.57%
Salinas   Civilian 451 San Francisco 39.28%
Hayward   Civilian 44 San Francisco 39.28%
Pomona   Civilian 37 Los Angeles 30.57%
Escondido   Civilian 16 San Diego 27.88%
Sunnyvale   Civilian 10 San Francisco 39.28%
Torrance   Civilian 61 Los Angeles 30.57%
Pasadena   Civilian 155 Los Angeles 30.57%
Orange   Civilian 81 Los Angeles 30.57%
Fullerton   Civilian 10 Los Angeles 30.57%
Thousand Oaks   Civilian 100 Los Angeles 30.57%
Visalia   Civilian 147 Rest of U.S. 15.37%
Roseville   Civilian 73 Sacramento 24.86%
Military Ocean terminal Concord   Navy 26 San Francisco 39.28%
Simi Valley   Civilian 44 Los Angeles 30.57%
Santa Clara   Civilian 8 San Francisco 39.28%
Victorville   Civilian 175 Los Angeles 30.57%
Vallejo   Civilian 252 San Francisco 39.28%
Berkeley   Civilian 52 San Francisco 39.28%
El Monte   Civilian 109 Los Angeles 30.57%
Downey   Civilian 25 Los Angeles 30.57%
Costa Mesa   Civilian 7 Los Angeles 30.57%
Carlsbad   Civilian 67 San Diego 27.88%
Inglewood   Civilian 38 Los Angeles 30.57%
Travis Air Force Base   Air Force 128 San Francisco 39.28%
San Buenaventura (Ventura)   Civilian Unknown Los Angeles 30.57%
Temecula   Civilian 17 Los Angeles 30.57%
Antioch   Civilian 33 San Francisco 39.28%
Richmond   Civilian 1,233 San Francisco 39.28%
West Covina   Civilian 66 Los Angeles 30.57%
Murrieta   Civilian 12 Los Angeles 30.57%
Norwalk   Civilian 36 Los Angeles 30.57%
Daly City   Civilian 25 San Francisco 39.28%
Burbank   Civilian 18 Los Angeles 30.57%
Santa Maria   Civilian 140 Los Angeles 30.57%
El Cajon   Civilian 63 San Diego 27.88%
San Mateo   Civilian 41 San Francisco 39.28%
Rialto   Civilian 5 Los Angeles 30.57%
Clovis   Civilian 106 Rest of U.S. 15.37%
Integrated Support Command Alameda   Coast Guard 398 San Francisco 39.28%
Palo Alto   Civilian 1,505 San Francisco 39.28%
Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma   Coast Guard 83 San Francisco 39.28%
Parks Reserve Forces Training Area   Army 48 San Francisco 39.28%
Camp San Luis Obispo   Army 31 Rest of U.S. 15.37%
Vandenberg Air Force Base   Air Force 112 Los Angeles 30.57%
Naval Air Facility El Centro   Navy 89 Rest of U.S. 15.37%
Menlo Park   Civilian 1,016 San Francisco 39.28%
Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake   Navy 16 Los Angeles 30.57%
Presidio of Monterey   Army 86 San Francisco 39.28%
Twentynine Palms   Marines 69 Los Angeles 30.57%
Naval Air Station Lemoore   Navy Unknown Rest of U.S. 15.37%
Naval Amphibious Base Coronado   Navy 5 San Diego 27.88%
Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach   Navy 2 Los Angeles 30.57%
Loma Linda   Civilian 1,496 Los Angeles 30.57%
Fort Irwin   Army 49 Los Angeles 30.57%
Naval Base Ventura County   Navy 1 Los Angeles 30.57%
Los Angeles Air Force Base   Air Force 63 Los Angeles 30.57%
Beale Air Force Base   Air Force 1 Sacramento 24.86%
Joint Forces Training Base   Joint Military 7 Los Angeles 30.57%
San Joaquin Depot   Joint Military Unknown Rest of U.S. 15.37%
Mountain Warfare Training Center   Marines 40 Rest of U.S. 15.37%
Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range   Navy Unknown Rest of U.S. 15.37%
Edwards Air Force Base   Air Force Unknown Los Angeles 30.57%
Fort Hunter Liggett   Army Unknown San Francisco 39.28%
McClellan Air Force Base   Air Force Unknown Sacramento 24.86%
Sierra Army Depot   Army Unknown Rest of U.S. 15.37%

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 1,760 $56,095.00 $227.00
Medical Support Assistance 1,221 $44,140.00 $29.00
Tax Examining 1,039 $46,221.00 $10.00
Social Insurance Administration 880 $90,360.00 $345.00
Nursing Assistant 864 $44,336.00 $20.00
Social Work 772 $83,570.00 $8.00
Veterans Claims Examining 714 $77,044.00 $185.00
Practical Nurse 709 $50,827.00 $8.00
Miscellaneous Clerk And Assistant 697 $40,844.00 $62.00
Forestry Technician 564 $42,643.00 $149.00
Mail And File 532 $29,014.00 $0.00
General Health Science 385 $90,079.00 $81.00
General Legal And Kindred Administration 334 $61,356.00 $356.00
Aerospace Engineering 317 $132,705.00 $191.00
Miscellaneous Administration And Program 263 $79,897.00 $54.00
Financial Clerical And Assistance 221 $46,569.00 $68.00
Environmental Protection Specialist 201 $123,702.00 $1,528.00
General Engineering 171 $148,947.00 $621.00
Agricultural Commodity Grading 169 $42,725.00 $61.00
Park Ranger 147 $46,262.00 $70.00
Pharmacist 120 $133,880.00 $4.00
Financial Administration And Program 110 $74,074.00 $35.00
Health Aid And Technician 106 $52,592.00 $0.00
Data Transcriber 105 $35,308.00 $0.00
Environmental Engineering 105 $116,140.00 $1,448.00
General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences 101 $90,779.00 $204.00
Worker's Compensation Claims Examining 100 $99,869.00 $45.00

This table lists the top 27 occupations held by the approximately 12,707 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 4,524 $61,289.00 $24.00
Internal Revenue Service 3,486 $46,583.00 $24.00
Social Security Administration 1,855 $70,070.00 $334.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 714 $77,044.00 $185.00
Forest Service 564 $42,643.00 $149.00
Ames Research Center 344 $146,793.00 $487.00
Environmental Protection Agency 306 $119,921.00 $1,488.00
National Park Service 253 $40,009.00 $140.00
Agricultural Marketing Service 169 $42,725.00 $61.00
Citizenship And Immigration Services 147 $87,526.00 $64.00
Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center 144 $120,772.00 $29.00
U.s. Fish And Wildlife Service 101 $90,779.00 $204.00
Office Of Workers' Compensation Programs 100 $99,869.00 $45.00

There are thirteen 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 12,707 federal employees on the General Schedule payscale located within California. The average federal employee in California earns $65,782 per year, and the average yearly bonus is $148.

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 4,524 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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