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Upward Mobility

The State of California's Upward Mobility Program is a career mobility program designed to give state employees in entry-level positions an opportunity to advance to higher-level technical, professional, and administrative positions. (Departments should continue to use the Upward Mobility Pay Scale Report when conducting their workforce analysis.)

Each state agency is required to have an active Upward Mobility Program.

If you are a state employee in an entry-level position and interested in participating in the Upward Mobility Program, please contact your department's Upward Mobility Program Coordinator.

Departments are advised to review and incorporate the contents of the Guidelines for Administering Departmental Upward Mobility Programs into their Upward Mobility program procedures as part of their obligation to develop an effective Upward Mobility Program. 

As required by Government Code section 19402 and California Code of Regulations, title 2, section 599.985, departments must track their Upward Mobility Program efforts and report them to CalHR  as part of their Annual Workforce Analysis.  The annual report should include the following:

  • List of identified Upward Mobility positions used by their department.
  • Number of employees participating in the Upward Mobility Program.
  • Number of employees expected to progress from entry-level positions to higher-level technical, professional, and administrative positions.
  • Annual Upward Mobility goals.

Please contact for inquiries regarding Upward Mobility data and reporting requirements.      


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