Atmospheric and Space Scientist Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for atmospheric and space scientists in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of atmospheric and space scientists 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 Atmospheric and Space Scientists in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$55,660
25th Percentile Wage
$66,830
50th Percentile Wage
$90,360
75th Percentile Wage
$116,260
90th Percentile Wage
$139,590

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for atmospheric and space scientists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $139,590. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $90,360. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $55,660.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26.76
25th Percentile Wage
$32.13
50th Percentile Wage
$43.44
75th Percentile Wage
$55.89
90th Percentile Wage
$67.11

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for atmospheric and space scientists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $67.11. The median hourly salary is $43.44. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26.76.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of atmospheric and space scientists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201690,3608.02%-11.49%
201583,110-12.81%-
201493,7601.09%-
201392,740-8.63%-
2012100,740--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Atmospheric and Space Scientists in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of atmospheric and space scientists in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of atmospheric and space scientists in state of California ranges from $60,660 to $107,220. The highest paying area for atmospheric and space scientists in California is Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville with a median annual salary of $107,220. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana (mean annual salary $103,510). The lowest paying area is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $60,660.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$107,220
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$103,510
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$87,520
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$84,010
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$73,510
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$68,900
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$60,660


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