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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 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Hydrologists in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$66,890
25th Percentile Wage
$83,750
50th Percentile Wage
$108,610
75th Percentile Wage
$126,560
90th Percentile Wage
$155,190

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 $155,190. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $108,610. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $66,890.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$32.15
25th Percentile Wage
$40.27
50th Percentile Wage
$52.21
75th Percentile Wage
$60.84
90th Percentile Wage
$74.61

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for hydrologists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $74.61. The median hourly salary is $52.21. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $32.15.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016108,6103.29%21.87%
2015105,04012.26%-
201492,1607.95%-
201384,830-0.04%-
201284,860--

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 $109,210. The highest paying area for hydrologists in California is Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine with a median annual salary of $109,210. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont (mean annual salary $106,920). The lowest paying area is Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura with a median annual salary of $61,700.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$109,210
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$106,920
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$105,630
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$103,980
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$98,980
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$96,040
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$88,200
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$85,570
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$61,700


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