The average annual and hourly salaries for postsecondary physics teachers in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of postsecondary physics teachers among California cities 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].

Percentile Bracket | Average Annual Salary |
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10th Percentile Wage | $50,780 |

25th Percentile Wage | $67,890 |

50th Percentile Wage | $95,150 |

75th Percentile Wage | $134,110 |

90th Percentile Wage | No Data |

**Table 1** shows the average annual salary for postsecondary physics teachers in California in 5 percentile scales.
The average annual salary for the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) is $134,110.
The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $95,150.
The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $50,780.

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of postsecondary physics teachers from 2012 to 2017. Note that there is no salary data for some years between 2012 and 2017.

Year | Median Salary | Growth | 3-Year Growth |
---|---|---|---|

2015 | $95,150 | 0.57% | -8.26% |

2014 | $94,610 | -8.88% | - |

2012 | $103,010 | - | - |

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of postsecondary physics teachers in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of postsecondary physics teachers in state of California ranges from $86,070 to $166,740. The highest paying area for postsecondary physics teachers in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $166,740. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville (mean annual salary $125,450). The lowest paying area is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara with a median annual salary of $86,070.