Environmental Scientist and Health Specialist Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for environmental scientists and health specialists in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of environmental scientists and health specialists among California metropolitan 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 Scientists and Health Specialists in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$49,310
25th Percentile Wage
$66,110
50th Percentile Wage
$81,680
75th Percentile Wage
$107,630
90th Percentile Wage
$132,300

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for environmental scientists and health specialists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $132,300. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $81,680. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $49,310.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$81,680
3.18% 7.28%
2016
$79,080
-0.57% -
2015
$79,530
0.06% -
2014
$79,480
-0.38% -
2013
$79,780
5.08% -
2012
$75,730
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Environmental Scientists and Health Specialists in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of environmental scientists and health specialists in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of environmental scientists and health specialists in state of California ranges from $64,100 to $106,900. The highest paying area for environmental scientists and health specialists in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $106,900. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont (mean annual salary $99,510). The lowest paying area is Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $64,100.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$106,900
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$99,510
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$96,810
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$89,900
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$84,460
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$84,100
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$82,200
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$82,170
Napa
$81,490
Bakersfield-Delano
$81,300
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$80,520
Madera-Chowchilla
$80,350
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$80,340
Salinas
$78,650
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$77,600
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$77,600
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$77,590
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$77,590
Redding
$77,590
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$77,590
Vallejo-Fairfield
$77,370
Fresno
$75,850
Modesto
$75,840
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$72,420
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$72,250
Stockton
$71,280
El Centro
$70,540
Merced
$69,720
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$68,900
Visalia-Porterville
$68,070
Eastern Sierra Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$65,600
Chico
$65,040
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$64,100




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