Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for zoologists and wildlife biologists in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of zoologists and wildlife biologists 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 Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$41,910
25th Percentile Wage
$51,080
50th Percentile Wage
$68,230
75th Percentile Wage
$84,880
90th Percentile Wage
$112,660

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for zoologists and wildlife biologists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $112,660. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $68,230. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $41,910.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of zoologists and wildlife biologists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$68,230
9.16% 6.87%
2016
$61,980
1.48% -
2015
$61,060
2.60% -
2014
$59,470
-5.65% -
2013
$62,830
-1.13% -
2012
$63,540
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of zoologists and wildlife biologists in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of zoologists and wildlife biologists in state of California ranges from $46,150 to $108,500. The highest paying area for zoologists and wildlife biologists in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $108,500. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale (mean annual salary $89,710). The lowest paying area is Bakersfield-Delano with a median annual salary of $46,150.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$108,500
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$89,710
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$78,130
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$76,830
Stockton
$74,770
Fresno
$74,260
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$71,860
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$70,250
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$69,810
Redding
$69,590
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$68,540
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$66,610
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$64,810
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$64,600
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$63,780
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$62,010
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$58,410
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$58,300
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$56,310
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$50,520
Salinas
$49,380
Bakersfield-Delano
$46,150




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