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Biological Technician Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for biological technicians in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of biological technicians amongst 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Biological Technicians in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$31,330
25th Percentile Wage
$38,240
50th Percentile Wage
$48,540
75th Percentile Wage
$65,160
90th Percentile Wage
$83,420

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for biological technicians in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $83,420. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $48,540. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $31,330.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$15.06
25th Percentile Wage
$18.39
50th Percentile Wage
$23.34
75th Percentile Wage
$31.33
90th Percentile Wage
$40.10

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for biological technicians in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $40.10. The median hourly salary is $23.34. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $15.06.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of biological technicians from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201648,540-2.12%10.51%
201549,5704.60%-
201447,2905.60%-
201344,6402.69%-
201243,440--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Biological Technicians in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of biological technicians in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of biological technicians in state of California ranges from $30,660 to $61,640. The highest paying area for biological technicians in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $61,640. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont (mean annual salary $57,360). The lowest paying area is San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles with a median annual salary of $30,660.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$61,640
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$57,360
Salinas
$52,740
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$51,660
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$51,400
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$50,190
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$50,120
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$47,130
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$46,890
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$46,730
Stockton
$46,190
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$45,590
Vallejo-Fairfield
$42,780
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$41,810
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$39,070
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$39,000
Bakersfield-Delano
$38,820
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$38,220
Modesto
$37,170
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$33,040
Fresno
$32,320
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$32,320
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$32,320
Visalia-Porterville
$32,310
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$30,660



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