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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average 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.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of zoologists and wildlife biologists from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
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|| |
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale|| |
|Santa Cruz-Watsonville|| |
|San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont|| |
|San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara|| |
|Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area|| |
|Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine|| |
|San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos|| |
|Santa Rosa-Petaluma|| |
|North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area|| |
|North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area|| |
|Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura|| |
|San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles|| |
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana|| |
|Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario|| |