Postsecondary Foreign Language and Literature Teacher Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for postsecondary foreign language and literature teachers in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of postsecondary foreign language and literature teachers amongst 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Postsecondary Foreign Language and Literature Teachers in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$44,780
25th Percentile Wage
$56,480
50th Percentile Wage
$83,080
75th Percentile Wage
$129,400
90th Percentile Wage
$190,800

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for postsecondary foreign language and literature teachers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $190,800. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $83,080. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $44,780.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of postsecondary foreign language and literature teachers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$83,080
1.47% 14.71%
2016
$81,860
6.57% -
2015
$76,480
0.33% -
2014
$76,230
10.21% -
2013
$68,450
-3.52% -
2012
$70,860
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Postsecondary Foreign Language and Literature Teachers in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of postsecondary foreign language and literature teachers in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of postsecondary foreign language and literature teachers in state of California ranges from $71,170 to $130,020. The highest paying area for postsecondary foreign language and literature teachers in California is Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine with a median annual salary of $130,020. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City (mean annual salary $102,330). The lowest paying area is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara with a median annual salary of $71,170.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$130,020
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$102,330
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$97,050
Fresno
$93,860
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$84,010
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$78,120
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$77,580
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$77,380
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$75,010
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$74,580
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$71,170




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