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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 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$57,180
25th Percentile Wage
$81,970
50th Percentile Wage
$112,670
75th Percentile Wage
$149,720
90th Percentile Wage
$197,100

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 $197,100. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $112,670. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $57,180.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$112,670
2.74% 16.76%
2016
$109,580
3.79% -
2015
$105,430
9.43% -
2014
$95,490
1.39% -
2013
$94,160
0.39% -
2012
$93,790
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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 $71,290 to $139,790. The highest paying area for economists in California is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara with a median annual salary of $139,790. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale (mean annual salary $134,150). The lowest paying area is Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville with a median annual salary of $71,290.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$139,790
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$134,150
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$113,050
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$112,590
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$110,490
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$105,970
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$99,060
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$95,480
Bakersfield-Delano
$84,120
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$82,320
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$73,840
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$71,290




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