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Economists Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for economists in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of economists 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Economists in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$51,230
25th Percentile Wage
$76,020
50th Percentile Wage
$109,580
75th Percentile Wage
$146,110
90th Percentile Wage
$198,540

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for economists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $198,540. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $109,580. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $51,230.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$24.63
25th Percentile Wage
$36.54
50th Percentile Wage
$52.68
75th Percentile Wage
$70.25
90th Percentile Wage
$95.45

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for economists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $95.45. The median hourly salary is $52.68. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $24.63.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016109,5803.79%14.41%
2015105,4309.43%-
201495,4901.39%-
201394,1600.39%-
201293,790--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Economists in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of economists in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of economists in state of California ranges from $71,850 to $136,270. The highest paying area for economists in California is Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale with a median annual salary of $136,270. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara (mean annual salary $119,670). The lowest paying area is Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville with a median annual salary of $71,850.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$136,270
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$119,670
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$119,080
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$114,340
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$108,800
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$101,740
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$99,060
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$95,480
Bakersfield-Delano
$84,120
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$80,110
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$73,840
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$71,850


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