Claims Adjusters, Examiner, and Investigators Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators 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 Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$34,670
25th Percentile Wage
$51,030
50th Percentile Wage
$70,040
75th Percentile Wage
$86,770
90th Percentile Wage
$103,020

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $103,020. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $70,040. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $34,670.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$70,040
3.38% 8.00%
2016
$67,670
-1.88% -
2015
$68,940
3.23% -
2014
$66,710
1.77% -
2013
$65,530
1.66% -
2012
$64,440
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators in state of California ranges from $28,350 to $92,080. The highest paying area for claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators in California is Napa with a median annual salary of $92,080. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City (mean annual salary $87,280). The lowest paying area is Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario with a median annual salary of $28,350.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Napa
$92,080
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$87,280
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$85,240
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$84,070
Salinas
$81,950
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$81,940
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$76,950
Vallejo-Fairfield
$74,530
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$72,940
Visalia-Porterville
$72,250
Redding
$72,250
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$71,090
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$70,830
Merced
$70,450
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$70,240
Stockton
$70,040
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$68,420
Bakersfield-Delano
$68,030
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$67,410
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$66,750
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$66,560
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$66,500
Modesto
$66,240
Chico
$66,020
Fresno
$65,470
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$62,850
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$36,500
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$28,350




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