Tamanna (swingandswirl) wrote in little_details,

Pay and housing for a Fed in LA

So I've got a character who's an FBI agent, working in the L.A. field office. He's got about seven years' experience in the Bureau, and is part of the Major Crimes Unit.

My questions are as follows:

1. What would his pay be like? The only data I can find is from 2004, and my story is set in 2009. Has there been any significant change in the pay scales for federal agents since then?

2. He needs to live some place that is a reasonable driving distance from both the FBI HQ on Wiltshire Boulevard and UCLA, preferably in a two-bedroom apartment with a roommate to share the rent. What neighbourhood would they most likely live in? Compton, maybe, or Gardena? I've never been to the States, let alone LA, so if there are any Angelinos here who could steer me right, that would be awesome.

3. This is slightly frivolous, but... is there any place you can get real, authentic NY-style pizza in LA? My Fed is a former New Yorker who misses his hometown something terrible. Extra points if it's a tiny hole-in-the-wall type of place rather than a chain.

Thanks in advance!

Edited because I cannot spell...
Tags: usa: california
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