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Hydrologists Salary Information in California

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$58,520
25th Percentile Wage
$72,310
50th Percentile Wage
$101,230
75th Percentile Wage
$124,460
90th Percentile Wage
$145,690

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for hydrologists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $145,690. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $101,230. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $58,520.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$101,230
-7.29% 16.17%
2016
$108,610
3.29% -
2015
$105,040
12.26% -
2014
$92,160
7.95% -
2013
$84,830
-0.04% -
2012
$84,860
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Hydrologists in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of hydrologists in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of hydrologists in state of California ranges from $61,700 to $120,980. The highest paying area for hydrologists in California is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara with a median annual salary of $120,980. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Oakland-Fremont-Hayward (mean annual salary $116,060). The lowest paying area is Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura with a median annual salary of $61,700.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$120,980
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$116,060
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$109,210
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$105,630
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$103,220
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$100,550
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$88,240
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$88,200
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$87,060
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$85,570
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$74,540
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$61,700




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