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Legislator Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for legislators in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of legislators 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$32,880
25th Percentile Wage
$38,950
50th Percentile Wage
$54,840
75th Percentile Wage
$75,720
90th Percentile Wage
$105,580

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for legislators in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $105,580. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $54,840. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $32,880.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$54,840
-1.51% 13.22%
2016
$55,670
1.67% -
2015
$54,740
-1.26% -
2014
$55,430
11.60% -
2013
$49,000
2.88% -
2012
$47,590
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Legislators in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of legislators in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of legislators in state of California ranges from $33,560 to $105,570. The highest paying area for legislators in California is Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville with a median annual salary of $105,570. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine (mean annual salary $69,520). The lowest paying area is Salinas with a median annual salary of $33,560.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$105,570
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$69,520
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$69,100
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$67,960
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$61,960
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$61,730
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$61,570
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$57,700
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$57,220
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$53,460
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$53,110
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$50,930
Modesto
$50,270
Bakersfield-Delano
$49,200
Fresno
$49,020
Merced
$48,580
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$48,250
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$47,810
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$47,050
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$46,450
Stockton
$46,450
Visalia-Porterville
$46,390
Eastern Sierra Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$41,980
Chico
$40,840
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$38,320
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$37,830
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$37,010
El Centro
$33,800
Salinas
$33,560




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