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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 among 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 Programmers in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$48,140
25th Percentile Wage
$67,850
50th Percentile Wage
$89,440
75th Percentile Wage
$116,180
90th Percentile Wage
$143,540

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 $143,540. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $89,440. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $48,140.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$23.15
25th Percentile Wage
$32.61
50th Percentile Wage
$43.00
75th Percentile Wage
$55.86
90th Percentile Wage
$69.01

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for computer programmers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $69.01. The median hourly salary is $43.00. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $23.15.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201689,4400.09%4.19%
201589,3603.76%-
201486,000-1.28%-
201387,1001.62%-
201285,690--

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 $109,410. The highest paying area for computer programmers in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $109,410. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont (mean annual salary $107,790). The lowest paying area is Redding with a median annual salary of $33,300.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$109,410
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$107,790
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$104,920
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$97,790
Vallejo-Fairfield
$93,260
Visalia-Porterville
$89,840
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$89,450
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$87,430
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$86,710
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$85,580
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$85,360
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$85,190
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$84,210
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$83,760
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$82,650
Napa
$82,490
Salinas
$82,020
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$79,860
Bakersfield-Delano
$79,040
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$78,560
Modesto
$74,420
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$72,850
Stockton
$72,560
Merced
$72,430
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$71,850
Chico
$71,400
Fresno
$69,170
Redding
$33,300



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