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 amongst 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 Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$42,300
25th Percentile Wage
$48,980
50th Percentile Wage
$61,980
75th Percentile Wage
$79,710
90th Percentile Wage
$109,590

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 $109,590. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $61,980. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $42,300.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$20.34
25th Percentile Wage
$23.55
50th Percentile Wage
$29.80
75th Percentile Wage
$38.32
90th Percentile Wage
$52.69

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for zoologists and wildlife biologists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $52.69. The median hourly salary is $29.80. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $20.34.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201661,9801.48%-2.52%
201561,0602.60%-
201459,470-5.65%-
201362,830-1.13%-
201263,540--

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 $49,500 to $106,510. The highest paying area for zoologists and wildlife biologists in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $106,510. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Stockton (mean annual salary $74,770). The lowest paying area is Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario with a median annual salary of $49,500.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$106,510
Stockton
$74,770
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$72,650
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$69,810
Redding
$69,590
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$69,230
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$68,880
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$67,160
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$64,610
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$63,780
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$62,990
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$62,010
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$61,990
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$58,410
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$56,310
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$55,400
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$49,500


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