Human Resources Specialist Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for human resources specialists in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of human resources specialists 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Human Resources Specialists in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$40,160
25th Percentile Wage
$51,670
50th Percentile Wage
$68,060
75th Percentile Wage
$90,760
90th Percentile Wage
$119,880

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for human resources specialists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $119,880. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $68,060. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $40,160.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19.30
25th Percentile Wage
$24.84
50th Percentile Wage
$32.72
75th Percentile Wage
$43.63
90th Percentile Wage
$57.63

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for human resources specialists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $57.63. The median hourly salary is $32.72. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19.30.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of human resources specialists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201668,0600.87%5.20%
201567,4703.35%-
201465,2102.21%-
201363,770-1.18%-
201264,520--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Human Resources Specialists in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of human resources specialists in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of human resources specialists in state of California ranges from $47,130 to $83,020. The highest paying area for human resources specialists in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $83,020. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont (mean annual salary $79,090). The lowest paying area is Chico with a median annual salary of $47,130.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$83,020
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$79,090
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$78,020
Napa
$74,990
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$73,460
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$72,450
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$72,190
Hanford-Corcoran
$69,190
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$68,790
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$66,390
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$65,770
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$65,580
Merced
$65,470
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$65,140
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$63,320
Vallejo-Fairfield
$63,310
Salinas
$63,290
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$62,520
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$60,520
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$60,490
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$60,350
Madera-Chowchilla
$59,660
Bakersfield-Delano
$59,630
Stockton
$59,110
Fresno
$57,090
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$57,040
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$56,500
El Centro
$56,270
Modesto
$56,100
Visalia-Porterville
$55,710
Redding
$55,670
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$55,620
Yuba City
$52,500
Chico
$47,130


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