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Substitute Teacher Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for substitute teachers in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of substitute teachers 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 Substitute Teachers in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$31,880
25th Percentile Wage
$34,760
50th Percentile Wage
$39,430
75th Percentile Wage
$46,810
90th Percentile Wage
$52,240

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for substitute teachers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $52,240. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $39,430. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $31,880.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$39,430
3.02% 2.89%
2016
$38,240
1.10% -
2015
$37,820
1.51% -
2014
$37,250
-1.34% -
2013
$37,750
-1.43% -
2012
$38,290
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Substitute Teachers in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of substitute teachers in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of substitute teachers in state of California ranges from $28,950 to $45,420. The highest paying area for substitute teachers in California is Redding with a median annual salary of $45,420. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara (mean annual salary $45,100). The lowest paying area is North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $28,950.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Redding
$45,420
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$45,100
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$43,110
El Centro
$42,480
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$42,150
Stockton
$40,710
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$40,640
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$40,380
Eastern Sierra Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$40,210
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$40,190
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$40,040
Visalia-Porterville
$39,600
Vallejo-Fairfield
$39,090
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$38,940
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$38,710
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$38,200
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$38,140
Bakersfield-Delano
$37,940
Modesto
$37,750
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$37,720
Hanford-Corcoran
$37,680
Merced
$37,450
Salinas
$37,400
Yuba City
$37,200
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$37,160
Chico
$36,760
Fresno
$36,380
Madera-Chowchilla
$36,320
Napa
$36,200
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$35,880
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$35,760
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$35,220
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$34,650
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$31,210
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$28,950




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