Computer and Information Research Scientist Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for computer and information research scientists in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of computer and information research scientists amongst California cities 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 Computer and Information Research Scientists in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$70,380
25th Percentile Wage
$95,580
50th Percentile Wage
$119,760
75th Percentile Wage
$149,710
90th Percentile Wage
$185,940

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for computer and information research scientists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $185,940. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $119,760. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $70,380.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$33.84
25th Percentile Wage
$45.95
50th Percentile Wage
$57.58
75th Percentile Wage
$71.98
90th Percentile Wage
$89.39

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for computer and information research scientists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $89.39. The median hourly salary is $57.58. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $33.84.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of computer and information research scientists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016119,7601.42%8.16%
2015118,0601.82%-
2014115,9104.44%-
2013110,7600.70%-
2012109,990--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Computer and Information Research Scientists in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of computer and information research scientists in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of computer and information research scientists in state of California ranges from $97,600 to $140,240. The highest paying area for computer and information research scientists in California is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara with a median annual salary of $140,240. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville (mean annual salary $137,810). The lowest paying area is Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario with a median annual salary of $97,600.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$140,240
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$137,810
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$136,260
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$121,290
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$119,690
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$115,680
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$113,450
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$112,030
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$110,080
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$110,060
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$106,070
Bakersfield-Delano
$104,710
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$97,600


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