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Sociologists Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for sociologists in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of sociologists amongst 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$59,430
25th Percentile Wage
$74,370
50th Percentile Wage
$91,330
75th Percentile Wage
$115,000
90th Percentile Wage
$148,830

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for sociologists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $148,830. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $91,330. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $59,430.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$28.57
25th Percentile Wage
$35.75
50th Percentile Wage
$43.91
75th Percentile Wage
$55.29
90th Percentile Wage
$71.55

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for sociologists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $71.55. The median hourly salary is $43.91. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $28.57.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201691,330-8.65%14.27%
201599,23017.03%-
201482,3302.64%-
201380,1602.32%-
201278,300--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Sociologists in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of sociologists in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of sociologists in state of California ranges from $73,620 to $114,280. The highest paying area for sociologists in California is Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale with a median annual salary of $114,280. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City (mean annual salary $107,020). The lowest paying area is Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana with a median annual salary of $73,620.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$114,280
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$107,020
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$98,150
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$94,980
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$90,030
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$79,550
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$73,620


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