The state's payroll will be going up again in the coming fiscal year.
A report released by the Legislative Analyst's Office says the California state government will spend a half-billion dollars more next year to pay its employees.
"In total the state will be spending about $24 billion on employee compensation, and that includes salary as well as benefit costs," Nick Schroeder with the LAO office said.
Schroeder says most employees' take-home pay will still lag behind the rate of inflation.
The report shows the state government workforce will essentially remain flat as some agencies cut positions and others add employees.