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 amongst 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$28,760
25th Percentile Wage
$48,350
50th Percentile Wage
$67,670
75th Percentile Wage
$84,290
90th Percentile Wage
$101,850

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 $101,850. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $67,670. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $28,760.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$13.83
25th Percentile Wage
$23.25
50th Percentile Wage
$32.54
75th Percentile Wage
$40.52
90th Percentile Wage
$48.97

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $48.97. The median hourly salary is $32.54. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $13.83.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201667,670-1.88%4.77%
201568,9403.23%-
201466,7101.77%-
201365,5301.66%-
201264,440--

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 $24,650 to $85,580. The highest paying area for claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators in California is Santa Cruz-Watsonville with a median annual salary of $85,580. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City (mean annual salary $85,530). The lowest paying area is Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario with a median annual salary of $24,650.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$85,580
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$85,530
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$82,820
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$81,010
Salinas
$78,730
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$78,190
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$77,160
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$73,360
Stockton
$73,210
Visalia-Porterville
$71,020
Vallejo-Fairfield
$70,810
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$70,440
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$70,360
Redding
$69,130
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$67,080
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$66,750
Chico
$66,570
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$66,560
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$66,500
Fresno
$65,980
Modesto
$65,070
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$64,950
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$63,400
Bakersfield-Delano
$61,630
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$36,500
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$24,650


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