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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$45,670
25th Percentile Wage
$57,530
50th Percentile Wage
$74,170
75th Percentile Wage
$97,020
90th Percentile Wage
$128,660

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 $128,660. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $74,170. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $45,670.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$21.96
25th Percentile Wage
$27.66
50th Percentile Wage
$35.65
75th Percentile Wage
$46.65
90th Percentile Wage
$61.86

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for accountants and auditors in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $61.86. The median hourly salary is $35.65. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $21.96.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of accountants and auditors from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201674,1701.52%7.00%
201573,0402.51%-
201471,2100.88%-
201370,5802.27%-
201268,980--

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 $56,920 to $89,140. The highest paying area for accountants and auditors in California is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara with a median annual salary of $89,140. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City (mean annual salary $83,010). The lowest paying area is North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $56,920.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$89,140
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$83,010
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$81,360
Napa
$79,250
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$77,670
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$77,380
Salinas
$76,400
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$76,010
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$73,740
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$73,590
Vallejo-Fairfield
$72,160
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$72,120
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$71,730
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$70,690
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$70,530
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$69,760
Eastern Sierra Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$68,400
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$67,670
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$67,350
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$66,810
El Centro
$66,730
Visalia-Porterville
$65,800
Stockton
$64,100
Hanford-Corcoran
$63,930
Merced
$63,400
Madera-Chowchilla
$62,040
Bakersfield-Delano
$61,500
Modesto
$59,870
Fresno
$59,710
Redding
$58,050
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$57,980
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$57,830
Yuba City
$57,590
Chico
$57,470
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$56,920



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