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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 among California metropolitan 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 Legislators in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$33,290
25th Percentile Wage
$39,610
50th Percentile Wage
$55,670
75th Percentile Wage
$76,760
90th Percentile Wage
$101,000

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 $101,000. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $55,670. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $33,290.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
No Data
25th Percentile Wage
No Data
50th Percentile Wage
No Data
75th Percentile Wage
No Data
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for legislators in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary of the 25th percentile is No Data.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201655,6701.67%14.51%
201554,740-1.26%-
201455,43011.60%-
201349,0002.88%-
201247,590--

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 $35,950 to $98,050. The highest paying area for legislators in California is Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville with a median annual salary of $98,050. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Fresno (mean annual salary $71,330). The lowest paying area is Salinas with a median annual salary of $35,950.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$98,050
Fresno
$71,330
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$69,520
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$69,100
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$68,110
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$62,420
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$62,160
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$62,010
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$57,070
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$55,000
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$54,950
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$54,310
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$54,190
Stockton
$53,710
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$53,680
Bakersfield-Delano
$50,320
Merced
$48,580
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$47,810
Modesto
$47,760
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$47,540
Visalia-Porterville
$46,390
Eastern Sierra Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$41,980
Chico
$39,950
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$37,270
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$37,010
Salinas
$35,950



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