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Historians Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for historians in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of historians 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 Historians in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$48,750
25th Percentile Wage
$59,940
50th Percentile Wage
$76,820
75th Percentile Wage
$98,100
90th Percentile Wage
$132,520

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for historians in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $132,520. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $76,820. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $48,750.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$76,820
8.88% 8.59%
2016
$70,000
1.60% -
2015
$68,880
-0.51% -
2014
$69,230
-0.13% -
2013
$69,320
-1.30% -
2012
$70,220
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Historians in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of historians in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of historians in state of California ranges from $48,260 to $101,260. The highest paying area for historians in California is San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont with a median annual salary of $101,260. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos (mean annual salary $74,680). The lowest paying area is Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana with a median annual salary of $48,260.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$101,260
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$74,680
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$70,380
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$69,290
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$48,260




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