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Actuaries Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for actuaries in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of actuaries amongst California metropolitan areas 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 Actuaries in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$67,420
25th Percentile Wage
$85,210
50th Percentile Wage
$110,130
75th Percentile Wage
$144,930
90th Percentile Wage
$170,800

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for actuaries in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $170,800. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $110,130. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $67,420.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$110,130
2.47% 12.54%
2016
$107,410
6.46% -
2015
$100,470
-1.49% -
2014
$101,970
2.23% -
2013
$99,700
3.39% -
2012
$96,320
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Actuaries in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of actuaries in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of actuaries in state of California ranges from $102,910 to $134,220. The highest paying area for actuaries in California is San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont with a median annual salary of $134,220. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City (mean annual salary $133,280). The lowest paying area is Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale with a median annual salary of $102,910.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$134,220
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$133,280
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$117,800
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$115,400
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$112,390
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$106,300
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$103,390
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$102,910




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