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Microbiologists Salary Information in California

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$44,650
25th Percentile Wage
$56,240
50th Percentile Wage
$79,370
75th Percentile Wage
$115,600
90th Percentile Wage
$156,520

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for microbiologists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $156,520. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $79,370. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $44,650.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$21.47
25th Percentile Wage
$27.04
50th Percentile Wage
$38.15
75th Percentile Wage
$55.58
90th Percentile Wage
$75.25

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for microbiologists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $75.25. The median hourly salary is $38.15. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $21.47.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201679,370-6.53%-5.46%
201584,550-5.91%-
201489,5502.58%-
201387,2404.06%-
201283,700--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Microbiologists in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of microbiologists in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of microbiologists in state of California ranges from $58,720 to $93,930. The highest paying area for microbiologists in California is San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont with a median annual salary of $93,930. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara (mean annual salary $88,560). The lowest paying area is Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario with a median annual salary of $58,720.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$93,930
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$88,560
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$84,130
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$82,270
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$76,650
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$71,310
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$70,390
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$62,560
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$62,520
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$58,720



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