Biochemists and Biophysicists Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for biochemists and biophysicists in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of biochemists and biophysicists 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 Biochemists and Biophysicists in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$53,420
25th Percentile Wage
$70,130
50th Percentile Wage
$94,570
75th Percentile Wage
$125,140
90th Percentile Wage
$171,740

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for biochemists and biophysicists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $171,740. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $94,570. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $53,420.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$94,570
-1.68% 9.08%
2016
$96,160
-3.64% -
2015
$99,660
3.29% -
2014
$96,380
4.10% -
2013
$92,430
6.98% -
2012
$85,980
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Biochemists and Biophysicists in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of biochemists and biophysicists in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of biochemists and biophysicists in state of California ranges from $67,380 to $116,210. The highest paying area for biochemists and biophysicists in California is Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario with a median annual salary of $116,210. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara (mean annual salary $106,920). The lowest paying area is Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville with a median annual salary of $67,380.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$116,210
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$106,920
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$104,290
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$102,880
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$99,080
Vallejo-Fairfield
$96,200
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$95,940
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$92,910
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$90,660
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$88,090
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$84,380
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$67,380




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