Geoscientists (Except Hydrologists and Geographers) Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) amongst 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Geoscientists (Except Hydrologists and Geographers) in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$49,970
25th Percentile Wage
$62,470
50th Percentile Wage
$90,200
75th Percentile Wage
$114,780
90th Percentile Wage
$136,740

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $136,740. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $90,200. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $49,970.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$90,200
-0.61% -6.22%
2016
$90,750
-2.85% -
2015
$93,340
-4.11% -
2014
$97,180
0.01% -
2013
$97,170
1.40% -
2012
$95,810
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Geoscientists (Except Hydrologists and Geographers) in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) in state of California ranges from $68,870 to $133,950. The highest paying area for geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) in California is Salinas with a median annual salary of $133,950. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Bakersfield-Delano (mean annual salary $126,210). The lowest paying area is Stockton with a median annual salary of $68,870.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Salinas
$133,950
Bakersfield-Delano
$126,210
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$110,900
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$107,090
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$103,550
Fresno
$102,370
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$99,470
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$97,660
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$94,910
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$94,080
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$92,450
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$92,450
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$89,220
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$85,960
Redding
$84,830
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$81,340
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$77,700
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$77,660
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$71,140
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$70,760
Stockton
$68,870




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