Food Scientist and Technologists Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for food scientists and technologists in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of food scientists and technologists amongst 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 Food Scientists and Technologists in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$41,400
25th Percentile Wage
$52,760
50th Percentile Wage
$63,650
75th Percentile Wage
$91,540
90th Percentile Wage
$122,960

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for food scientists and technologists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $122,960. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $63,650. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $41,400.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of food scientists and technologists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$63,650
3.52% 10.24%
2016
$61,410
-13.32% -
2015
$69,590
14.36% -
2014
$59,600
1.63% -
2013
$58,630
2.56% -
2012
$57,130
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Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Food Scientists and Technologists in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of food scientists and technologists in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of food scientists and technologists in state of California ranges from $49,730 to $84,850. The highest paying area for food scientists and technologists in California is Oakland-Fremont-Hayward with a median annual salary of $84,850. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Stockton (mean annual salary $82,860). The lowest paying area is Fresno with a median annual salary of $49,730.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$84,850
Stockton
$82,860
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$79,500
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$78,020
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$77,360
Vallejo-Fairfield
$74,280
Hanford-Corcoran
$71,070
Napa
$70,120
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$63,390
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$63,000
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$62,020
Merced
$61,340
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$60,890
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$59,700
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$59,560
Salinas
$58,890
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$56,960
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$56,310
Modesto
$52,650
Visalia-Porterville
$51,300
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$50,910
Fresno
$49,730




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