Accountant and Auditor Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for accountants and auditors in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of accountants and auditors among California cities is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Accountants and Auditors in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$47,720
25th Percentile Wage
$58,960
50th Percentile Wage
$75,130
75th Percentile Wage
$97,350
90th Percentile Wage
$129,030

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for accountants and auditors in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $129,030. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $75,130. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $47,720.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of accountants and auditors from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$75,130
1.28% 8.19%
2016
$74,170
1.52% -
2015
$73,040
2.51% -
2014
$71,210
0.88% -
2013
$70,580
2.27% -
2012
$68,980
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Accountants and Auditors in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of accountants and auditors in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of accountants and auditors in state of California ranges from $55,450 to $84,910. The highest paying area for accountants and auditors in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $84,910. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara (mean annual salary $84,230). The lowest paying area is Chico with a median annual salary of $55,450.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$84,910
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$84,230
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$82,080
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$80,830
Napa
$78,480
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$77,830
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$77,380
Vallejo-Fairfield
$76,020
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$75,400
Eastern Sierra Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$75,310
Salinas
$75,290
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$74,780
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$73,950
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$73,020
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$71,430
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$70,250
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$69,760
Merced
$69,020
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$69,000
Stockton
$67,380
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$67,350
Hanford-Corcoran
$66,700
Visalia-Porterville
$64,690
Madera-Chowchilla
$64,450
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$63,970
Bakersfield-Delano
$63,400
Fresno
$62,460
Modesto
$61,300
El Centro
$60,560
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$60,520
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$60,050
Redding
$59,870
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$59,680
Yuba City
$59,430
Chico
$55,450




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