The average annual and hourly salaries for geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) amongst 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||$49,970|
|25th Percentile Wage||$62,470|
|50th Percentile Wage||$90,200|
|75th Percentile Wage||$114,780|
|90th Percentile Wage||$136,740|
Table 1 shows the average annual salary for geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $136,740. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $90,200. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $49,970.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
Table 3 shows the median annual salary of geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) in state of California ranges from $68,870 to $133,950. The highest paying area for geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) in California is Salinas with a median annual salary of $133,950. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Bakersfield-Delano (mean annual salary $126,210). The lowest paying area is Stockton with a median annual salary of $68,870.
|Cities/Areas||Median Annual Salary|
|San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara|| |
|San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City|| |
|San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles|| |
|Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta|| |
|North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area|| |
|Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario|| |
|San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont|| |
|Santa Cruz-Watsonville|| |
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana|| |
|Santa Rosa-Petaluma|| |
|Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura|| |
|Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine|| |
|San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos|| |
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale|| |