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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$47,340
25th Percentile Wage
$63,050
50th Percentile Wage
$95,730
75th Percentile Wage
$123,370
90th Percentile Wage
$149,450

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 $149,450. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $95,730. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $47,340.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$95,730
17.09% 12.57%
2016
$79,370
-6.53% -
2015
$84,550
-5.91% -
2014
$89,550
2.58% -
2013
$87,240
4.06% -
2012
$83,700
- -

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 $65,370 to $116,700. The highest paying area for microbiologists in California is Vallejo-Fairfield with a median annual salary of $116,700. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos (mean annual salary $111,850). The lowest paying area is Santa Cruz-Watsonville with a median annual salary of $65,370.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Vallejo-Fairfield
$116,700
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$111,850
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$109,900
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$92,790
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$88,560
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$87,200
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$85,830
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$84,460
Bakersfield-Delano
$77,870
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$77,210
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$76,650
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$74,800
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$72,930
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$70,390
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$69,170
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$65,370




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