Social Scientist and Related Worker Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for social scientists and related workers in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of social scientists and related workers among 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 Social Scientists and Related Workers in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$38,850
25th Percentile Wage
$51,540
50th Percentile Wage
$71,410
75th Percentile Wage
$89,210
90th Percentile Wage
$112,250

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for social scientists and related workers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $112,250. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $71,410. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $38,850.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of social scientists and related workers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$71,410
9.06% -14.07%
2016
$64,940
-9.66% -
2015
$71,210
-7.40% -
2014
$76,480
-7.20% -
2013
$81,990
0.65% -
2012
$81,460
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Social Scientists and Related Workers in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of social scientists and related workers in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of social scientists and related workers in state of California ranges from $55,860 to $106,890. The highest paying area for social scientists and related workers in California is Salinas with a median annual salary of $106,890. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura (mean annual salary $94,120). The lowest paying area is Santa Cruz-Watsonville with a median annual salary of $55,860.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Salinas
$106,890
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$94,120
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$89,750
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$86,150
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$79,730
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$79,650
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$79,510
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$78,550
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$76,870
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$74,880
Fresno
$73,790
Yuba City
$73,790
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$73,790
Merced
$71,870
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$71,020
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$65,290
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$57,940
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$55,860




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