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Aerospace Engineer Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for aerospace engineers in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of aerospace engineers among California 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 Aerospace Engineers in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$72,350
25th Percentile Wage
$91,630
50th Percentile Wage
$119,930
75th Percentile Wage
$151,210
90th Percentile Wage
$176,910

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for aerospace engineers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $176,910. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $119,930. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $72,350.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$119,930
2.68% 6.42%
2016
$116,710
1.70% -
2015
$114,730
3.68% -
2014
$110,510
0.81% -
2013
$109,610
-2.39% -
2012
$112,230
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Aerospace Engineers in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of aerospace engineers in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of aerospace engineers in state of California ranges from $88,080 to $130,690. The highest paying area for aerospace engineers in California is Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale with a median annual salary of $130,690. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City (mean annual salary $121,870). The lowest paying area is Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura with a median annual salary of $88,080.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$130,690
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$121,870
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$121,330
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$120,990
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$119,140
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$115,240
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$114,060
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$113,110
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$112,840
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$107,340
Bakersfield-Delano
$101,630
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$101,490
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$101,230
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$88,080




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