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 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 Atmospheric and Space Scientists in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$57,680
25th Percentile Wage
$72,940
50th Percentile Wage
$95,570
75th Percentile Wage
$120,820
90th Percentile Wage
$141,700

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 $141,700. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $95,570. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $57,680.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$95,570
5.45% -5.41%
2016
$90,360
8.02% -
2015
$83,110
-12.81% -
2014
$93,760
1.09% -
2013
$92,740
-8.63% -
2012
$100,740
- -

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 $110,340. The highest paying area for atmospheric and space scientists in California is San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos with a median annual salary of $110,340. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville (mean annual salary $107,220). The lowest paying area is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $60,660.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$110,340
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$107,220
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$105,720
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$103,510
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$89,320
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$87,470
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$73,510
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$71,750
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$60,660




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