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 among 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 Environmental Engineers in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$63,210
25th Percentile Wage
$82,780
50th Percentile Wage
$102,700
75th Percentile Wage
$124,840
90th Percentile Wage
$148,490

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 $148,490. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $102,700. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $63,210.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$30.39
25th Percentile Wage
$39.79
50th Percentile Wage
$49.37
75th Percentile Wage
$60.02
90th Percentile Wage
$71.39

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for environmental engineers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $71.39. The median hourly salary is $49.37. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $30.39.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016102,7001.60%14.49%
2015101,0602.59%-
201498,4402.81%-
201395,6708.21%-
201287,820--

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 $113,940. The highest paying area for environmental engineers in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $113,940. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont (mean annual salary $113,460). The lowest paying area is Santa Cruz-Watsonville with a median annual salary of $78,110.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$113,940
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$113,460
Bakersfield-Delano
$113,110
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$112,800
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$107,450
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$107,070
Stockton
$105,980
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$105,280
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$104,110
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$103,200
Madera-Chowchilla
$97,260
Vallejo-Fairfield
$96,120
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$93,860
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$90,080
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$87,880
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$87,850
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$83,120
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$80,690
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$78,110



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