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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 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Electrical Engineers in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$66,110
25th Percentile Wage
$83,870
50th Percentile Wage
$110,880
75th Percentile Wage
$140,000
90th Percentile Wage
$164,440

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 $164,440. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $110,880. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $66,110.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$110,880
-1.88% 5.20%
2016
$112,970
-1.04% -
2015
$114,150
1.22% -
2014
$112,760
2.57% -
2013
$109,860
4.32% -
2012
$105,110
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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 $83,510 to $125,650. The highest paying area for electrical engineers in California is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara with a median annual salary of $125,650. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City (mean annual salary $122,420). The lowest paying area is Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario with a median annual salary of $83,510.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$125,650
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$122,420
Stockton
$117,850
Fresno
$117,830
Modesto
$117,740
Salinas
$115,640
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$115,450
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$114,910
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$114,100
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$113,880
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$111,690
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$111,460
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$108,970
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$108,260
Vallejo-Fairfield
$105,460
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$102,720
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$102,320
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$102,110
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$99,490
Bakersfield-Delano
$97,830
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$97,540
Redding
$96,380
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$93,130
El Centro
$92,910
Visalia-Porterville
$84,950
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$83,510




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