Soil and Plant Scientist Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for soil and plant scientists in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of soil and plant scientists amongst 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 Soil and Plant Scientists in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$45,670
25th Percentile Wage
$59,080
50th Percentile Wage
$76,770
75th Percentile Wage
$100,590
90th Percentile Wage
$133,490

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for soil and plant scientists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $133,490. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $76,770. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $45,670.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$76,770
6.70% 11.38%
2016
$71,630
6.65% -
2015
$66,870
5.13% -
2014
$63,440
-7.87% -
2013
$68,430
0.58% -
2012
$68,030
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Soil and Plant Scientists in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of soil and plant scientists in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of soil and plant scientists in state of California ranges from $39,170 to $89,880. The highest paying area for soil and plant scientists in California is San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos with a median annual salary of $89,880. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale (mean annual salary $87,710). The lowest paying area is San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles with a median annual salary of $39,170.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$89,880
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$87,710
Fresno
$81,760
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$74,930
Napa
$74,840
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$74,340
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$74,220
Bakersfield-Delano
$73,920
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$72,090
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$70,890
El Centro
$68,970
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$67,530
Visalia-Porterville
$67,160
Salinas
$63,160
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$60,610
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$59,240
Chico
$55,480
Stockton
$43,620
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$39,170




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