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California Government Pay Charts California General Schedule Payscales

13,944 federal employees †
$68,860 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
Integrated Support Command Alameda   Coast Guard 398 San Francisco 41.44%
Anaheim   Civilian 83 Los Angeles 32.41%
Antioch   Civilian 33 San Francisco 41.44%
Bakersfield   Civilian 225 Los Angeles 32.41%
Fort Irwin   Army 49 Los Angeles 32.41%
Berkeley   Civilian 52 San Francisco 41.44%
Burbank   Civilian 18 Los Angeles 32.41%
Carlsbad   Civilian 67 San Diego 29.77%
Chula Vista   Civilian 91 San Diego 29.77%
Clovis   Civilian 106 Rest of U.S. 15.95%
Military Ocean terminal Concord   Navy 26 San Francisco 41.44%
Corona   Civilian 123 Los Angeles 32.41%
Naval Amphibious Base Coronado   Navy 5 San Diego 29.77%
Costa Mesa   Civilian 7 Los Angeles 32.41%
Daly City   Civilian 25 San Francisco 41.44%
Downey   Civilian 25 Los Angeles 32.41%
Parks Reserve Forces Training Area   Army 48 San Francisco 41.44%
El Cajon   Civilian 63 San Diego 29.77%
Naval Air Facility El Centro   Navy 89 Rest of U.S. 15.95%
El Monte   Civilian 109 Los Angeles 32.41%
Los Angeles Air Force Base   Air Force 63 Los Angeles 32.41%
Elk Grove   Civilian 30 Sacramento 26.37%
Escondido   Civilian 16 San Diego 29.77%
Travis Air Force Base   Air Force 128 San Francisco 41.44%
Fontana   Civilian 59 Los Angeles 32.41%
Fremont   Civilian 70 San Francisco 41.44%
Fresno   Civilian 4,866 Rest of U.S. 15.95%
Fullerton   Civilian 10 Los Angeles 32.41%
Garden Grove   Civilian 47 Los Angeles 32.41%
Glendale   Civilian 115 Los Angeles 32.41%
Hayward   Civilian 44 San Francisco 41.44%
Huntington Beach   Civilian 20 Los Angeles 32.41%
Inglewood   Civilian 38 Los Angeles 32.41%
Irvine   Civilian 277 Los Angeles 32.41%
Lancaster   Civilian 103 Los Angeles 32.41%
Naval Air Station Lemoore   Navy Unknown Rest of U.S. 15.95%
Loma Linda   Civilian 1,496 Los Angeles 32.41%
Vandenberg Air Force Base   Air Force 112 Los Angeles 32.41%
Long Beach   Civilian 1,888 Los Angeles 32.41%
Joint Forces Training Base   Joint Military 7 Los Angeles 32.41%
Los Angeles   Civilian 5,499 Los Angeles 32.41%
Beale Air Force Base   Air Force 1 Sacramento 26.37%
Menlo Park   Civilian 1,016 San Francisco 41.44%
Modesto   Civilian 151 Rest of U.S. 15.95%
Presidio of Monterey   Army 86 San Francisco 41.44%
Moreno Valley   Civilian 123 Los Angeles 32.41%
Murrieta   Civilian 12 Los Angeles 32.41%
Norwalk   Civilian 36 Los Angeles 32.41%
Oakland   Civilian 1,636 San Francisco 41.44%
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton   Marines 47 San Diego 29.77%
Ontario   Civilian 112 Los Angeles 32.41%
Orange   Civilian 81 Los Angeles 32.41%
Naval Air Station Point Mugu   Navy 60 Los Angeles 32.41%
Palmdale   Civilian 10 Los Angeles 32.41%
Palo Alto   Civilian 1,505 San Francisco 41.44%
Pasadena   Civilian 155 Los Angeles 32.41%
Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma   Coast Guard 83 San Francisco 41.44%
Pomona   Civilian 37 Los Angeles 32.41%
Naval Base Ventura County   Navy 1 Los Angeles 32.41%
Rancho Cucamonga   Civilian 5 Los Angeles 32.41%
Rialto   Civilian 5 Los Angeles 32.41%
Richmond   Civilian 1,233 San Francisco 41.44%
Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake   Navy 16 Los Angeles 32.41%
Camp Haan   Army 290 Los Angeles 32.41%
Roseville   Civilian 73 Sacramento 26.37%
Sacramento   Civilian 2,149 Sacramento 26.37%
Salinas   Civilian 451 San Francisco 41.44%
San Bernardino   Civilian 367 Los Angeles 32.41%
San Buenaventura (Ventura)   Civilian Unknown Los Angeles 32.41%
Naval Base Point Loma   Navy 3,246 San Diego 29.77%
San Francisco   Civilian 5,216 San Francisco 41.44%
San Joaquin Depot   Joint Military Unknown Rest of U.S. 15.95%
San Jose   Civilian 438 San Francisco 41.44%
Camp San Luis Obispo   Army 31 Los Angeles 32.41%
San Mateo   Civilian 41 San Francisco 41.44%
Santa Ana   Civilian 359 Los Angeles 32.41%
Santa Clara   Civilian 8 San Francisco 41.44%
Santa Clarita   Civilian 29 Los Angeles 32.41%
Santa Maria   Civilian 140 Los Angeles 32.41%
Santa Rosa   Civilian 141 San Francisco 41.44%
Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach   Navy 2 Los Angeles 32.41%
Simi Valley   Civilian 44 Los Angeles 32.41%
Stockton   Civilian 229 San Francisco 41.44%
Sunnyvale   Civilian 10 San Francisco 41.44%
Temecula   Civilian 17 Los Angeles 32.41%
Thousand Oaks   Civilian 100 Los Angeles 32.41%
Torrance   Civilian 61 Los Angeles 32.41%
Twentynine Palms   Marines 69 Los Angeles 32.41%
Vallejo   Civilian 252 San Francisco 41.44%
Victorville   Civilian 175 Los Angeles 32.41%
Visalia   Civilian 147 Rest of U.S. 15.95%
West Covina   Civilian 66 Los Angeles 32.41%
Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range   Navy Unknown Rest of U.S. 15.95%
Edwards Air Force Base   Air Force Unknown Los Angeles 32.41%
Fort Hunter Liggett   Army Unknown San Francisco 41.44%
McClellan Air Force Base   Air Force Unknown Sacramento 26.37%
Mountain Warfare Training Center   Marines 40 Rest of U.S. 15.95%
Sierra Army Depot   Army Unknown Rest of U.S. 15.95%

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 2,308 $58,022.00 $0.00
Medical Support Assistance 1,508 $45,882.00 $0.00
Tax Examining 1,485 $43,269.00 $0.00
Social Insurance Administration 841 $97,597.00 $0.00
Veterans Claims Examining 805 $82,832.00 $0.00
Social Work 803 $91,185.00 $0.00
Forestry Technician 700 $44,927.00 $0.00
Practical Nurse 685 $55,890.00 $0.00
Nursing Assistant 676 $46,268.00 $0.00
Miscellaneous Clerk And Assistant 648 $39,861.00 $0.00
Data Transcriber 533 $33,352.00 $0.00
Mail And File 482 $30,808.00 $0.00
General Legal And Kindred Administration 371 $66,023.00 $0.00
General Health Science 351 $97,581.00 $0.00
Aerospace Engineering 325 $140,408.00 $0.00
Financial Clerical And Assistance 229 $47,017.00 $0.00
General Engineering 190 $151,603.00 $0.00
Miscellaneous Administration And Program 171 $93,511.00 $0.00
Agricultural Commodity Grading 144 $46,339.00 $0.00
Environmental Protection Specialist 131 $133,223.00 $0.00
Park Ranger 120 $49,353.00 $0.00
Pharmacist 114 $141,151.00 $0.00
Environmental Engineering 113 $131,191.00 $0.00
General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences 108 $93,497.00 $0.00
Health Aid And Technician 103 $56,408.00 $0.00

This table lists the top 25 occupations held by the approximately 13,944 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
Internal Revenue Service 4,833 $42,427.00 $0.00
Veterans Health Administration 4,341 $65,631.00 $0.00
Social Security Administration 1,853 $74,807.00 $0.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 805 $82,832.00 $0.00
Forest Service 700 $44,927.00 $0.00
Ames Research Center 375 $151,256.00 $0.00
Environmental Protection Agency 244 $132,207.00 $0.00
National Park Service 230 $42,385.00 $0.00
Citizenship And Immigration Services 171 $93,511.00 $0.00
Agricultural Marketing Service 144 $46,339.00 $0.00
Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center 140 $129,907.00 $0.00
U.s. Fish And Wildlife Service 108 $93,497.00 $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 13,944 federal employees on the General Schedule payscale located within California. The average federal employee in California earns $68,860 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 Internal Revenue Service, which has total of 4,833 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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