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Insurance Underwriter Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for insurance underwriters in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of insurance underwriters 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 Insurance Underwriters in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$46,800
25th Percentile Wage
$58,510
50th Percentile Wage
$77,870
75th Percentile Wage
$107,850
90th Percentile Wage
$139,780

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for insurance underwriters in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $139,780. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $77,870. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $46,800.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$77,870
6.74% 11.57%
2016
$72,620
9.69% -
2015
$65,580
0.00% -
2014
$65,580
-5.79% -
2013
$69,380
0.75% -
2012
$68,860
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Insurance Underwriters in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of insurance underwriters in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of insurance underwriters in state of California ranges from $55,560 to $90,230. The highest paying area for insurance underwriters in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $90,230. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara (mean annual salary $85,090). The lowest paying area is Stockton with a median annual salary of $55,560.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$90,230
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$85,090
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$84,360
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$84,040
Bakersfield-Delano
$82,580
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$79,940
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$76,260
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$74,770
Fresno
$71,030
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$67,790
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$65,570
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$62,780
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$62,750
Napa
$62,220
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$61,550
Stockton
$55,560




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