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Electrical Engineer Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for electrical engineers in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of electrical engineers 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 Electrical Engineers in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$65,940
25th Percentile Wage
$86,180
50th Percentile Wage
$112,970
75th Percentile Wage
$143,860
90th Percentile Wage
$167,640

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for electrical engineers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $167,640. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $112,970. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $65,940.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$31.70
25th Percentile Wage
$41.43
50th Percentile Wage
$54.31
75th Percentile Wage
$69.17
90th Percentile Wage
$80.59

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for electrical engineers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $80.59. The median hourly salary is $54.31. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $31.70.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016112,970-1.04%6.96%
2015114,1501.22%-
2014112,7602.57%-
2013109,8604.32%-
2012105,110--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Electrical Engineers in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of electrical engineers in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of electrical engineers in state of California ranges from $95,110 to $132,020. The highest paying area for electrical engineers in California is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara with a median annual salary of $132,020. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City (mean annual salary $114,520). The lowest paying area is Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario with a median annual salary of $95,110.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$132,020
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$114,520
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$114,270
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$114,100
Salinas
$112,950
Fresno
$111,840
Stockton
$111,840
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$111,460
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$110,660
Vallejo-Fairfield
$109,580
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$109,350
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$108,970
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$108,230
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$104,940
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$103,780
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$102,720
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$102,230
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$102,110
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$98,750
Bakersfield-Delano
$95,880
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$95,790
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$95,110



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