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Surveyors Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for surveyors in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of surveyors 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 Surveyors in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$52,800
25th Percentile Wage
$69,640
50th Percentile Wage
$86,870
75th Percentile Wage
$101,010
90th Percentile Wage
$117,470

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for surveyors in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $117,470. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $86,870. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $52,800.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$25.39
25th Percentile Wage
$33.47
50th Percentile Wage
$41.76
75th Percentile Wage
$48.56
90th Percentile Wage
$56.48

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for surveyors in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $56.48. The median hourly salary is $41.76. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $25.39.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201686,8702.99%1.76%
201584,2701.70%-
201482,840-2.50%-
201384,910-0.51%-
201285,340--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Surveyors in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of surveyors in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of surveyors in state of California ranges from $70,420 to $95,720. The highest paying area for surveyors in California is Redding with a median annual salary of $95,720. The second highest paying city/area in California State is North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area (mean annual salary $95,720). The lowest paying area is Santa Cruz-Watsonville with a median annual salary of $70,420.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Redding
$95,720
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$95,720
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$95,700
Fresno
$94,500
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$92,710
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$92,410
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$90,110
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$90,080
Stockton
$89,960
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$89,560
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$88,070
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$87,750
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$84,400
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$82,150
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$81,900
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$81,070
Bakersfield-Delano
$78,430
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$77,890
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$75,720
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$70,420


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