Environmental Engineer Salary Information in California

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$61,470
25th Percentile Wage
$79,760
50th Percentile Wage
$102,110
75th Percentile Wage
$123,760
90th Percentile Wage
$147,180

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for environmental engineers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $147,180. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $102,110. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $61,470.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$102,110
-0.58% 13.99%
2016
$102,700
1.60% -
2015
$101,060
2.59% -
2014
$98,440
2.81% -
2013
$95,670
8.21% -
2012
$87,820
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Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Environmental Engineers in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of environmental engineers in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of environmental engineers in state of California ranges from $78,110 to $118,360. The highest paying area for environmental engineers in California is Stockton with a median annual salary of $118,360. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Oakland-Fremont-Hayward (mean annual salary $114,180). The lowest paying area is Santa Cruz-Watsonville with a median annual salary of $78,110.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Stockton
$118,360
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$114,180
Bakersfield-Delano
$114,060
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$112,090
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$111,500
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$109,830
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$108,690
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$108,180
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$105,280
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$104,110
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$101,500
Redding
$99,480
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$99,260
Madera-Chowchilla
$97,260
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$96,570
Fresno
$93,260
Vallejo-Fairfield
$92,490
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$90,800
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$83,120
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$82,570
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$79,990
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$78,110




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