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 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Environmental Scientists and Health Specialists in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$49,050
25th Percentile Wage
$64,000
50th Percentile Wage
$79,080
75th Percentile Wage
$103,140
90th Percentile Wage
$128,190

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 $128,190. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $79,080. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $49,050.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$23.58
25th Percentile Wage
$30.77
50th Percentile Wage
$38.02
75th Percentile Wage
$49.59
90th Percentile Wage
$61.63

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for environmental scientists and health specialists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $61.63. The median hourly salary is $38.02. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $23.58.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201679,080-0.57%4.24%
201579,5300.06%-
201479,480-0.38%-
201379,7805.08%-
201275,730--

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 $62,820 to $106,280. 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 $106,280. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont (mean annual salary $98,200). The lowest paying area is Santa Cruz-Watsonville with a median annual salary of $62,820.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$106,280
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$98,200
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$94,540
Bakersfield-Delano
$83,870
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$82,250
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$82,200
Salinas
$82,170
Napa
$81,860
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$81,660
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$80,520
Madera-Chowchilla
$80,350
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$78,630
Vallejo-Fairfield
$77,370
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$77,250
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$76,440
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$75,450
Redding
$73,510
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$73,510
Eastern Sierra Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$73,510
Visalia-Porterville
$72,700
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$72,420
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$72,030
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$71,850
Modesto
$70,130
Merced
$69,720
Stockton
$69,310
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$68,900
Chico
$65,040
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$63,260
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$62,820


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