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Computer Programmers Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for computer programmers in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of computer programmers 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Computer Programmers in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$55,120
25th Percentile Wage
$73,190
50th Percentile Wage
$93,620
75th Percentile Wage
$119,610
90th Percentile Wage
$145,420

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for computer programmers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $145,420. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $93,620. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $55,120.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$93,620
4.46% 8.47%
2016
$89,440
0.09% -
2015
$89,360
3.76% -
2014
$86,000
-1.28% -
2013
$87,100
1.62% -
2012
$85,690
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Computer Programmers in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of computer programmers in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of computer programmers in state of California ranges from $33,300 to $107,210. The highest paying area for computer programmers in California is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara with a median annual salary of $107,210. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City (mean annual salary $105,660). The lowest paying area is Redding with a median annual salary of $33,300.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$107,210
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$105,660
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$105,360
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$104,920
Salinas
$102,170
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$100,480
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$94,400
Vallejo-Fairfield
$94,150
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$93,370
Visalia-Porterville
$89,840
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$89,270
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$88,100
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$87,430
Stockton
$87,390
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$86,710
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$85,580
Napa
$85,030
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$84,930
Chico
$84,680
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$83,760
Bakersfield-Delano
$83,610
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$79,120
Fresno
$77,450
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$77,000
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$73,950
Merced
$72,430
Modesto
$69,520
Redding
$33,300




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