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Sales Engineer Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for sales engineers in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of sales engineers 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 Sales Engineers in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$63,690
25th Percentile Wage
$83,340
50th Percentile Wage
$110,460
75th Percentile Wage
$148,920
90th Percentile Wage
$169,310

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for sales engineers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $169,310. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $110,460. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $63,690.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$30.62
25th Percentile Wage
$40.07
50th Percentile Wage
$53.10
75th Percentile Wage
$71.59
90th Percentile Wage
$81.40

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for sales engineers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $81.40. The median hourly salary is $53.10. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $30.62.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016110,4603.78%5.99%
2015106,2900.12%-
2014106,1600.00%-
2013106,1602.19%-
2012103,840--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Sales Engineers in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of sales engineers in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of sales engineers in state of California ranges from $73,970 to $132,100. The highest paying area for sales engineers in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $132,100. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara (mean annual salary $124,140). The lowest paying area is Fresno with a median annual salary of $73,970.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$132,100
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$124,140
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$123,680
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$111,850
Bakersfield-Delano
$110,300
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$108,320
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$105,930
Vallejo-Fairfield
$99,120
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$96,030
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$94,460
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$92,340
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$92,330
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$91,560
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$90,220
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$89,250
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$76,490
Fresno
$73,970


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