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Average Salary in California 2020

How much money does a person working in California make?


Average Yearly Salary
103,000 USD
( 8,600 USD monthly)

LOW
14,000
USD
AVERAGE
103,000
USD
HIGH
457,000
USD

A person working in California typically earns around 103,000 USD per year. Salaries range from 14,000 USD (lowest average) to 457,000 USD (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Distribution of Salaries in California

Median and salary distribution yearly California
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in California range from 14,000 USD per year (minimum salary) to 457,000 USD per year (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 109,000 USD per year, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 109,000 USD while the other half are earning more than 109,000 USD. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of the population are earning less than 55,500 USD while 75% of them are earning more than 55,500 USD. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 300,000 USD while 25% are earning more than 300,000 USD.


What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.


Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.


Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.


Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in United States costs anywhere from 36,500 US Dollar(s) to 109,000 US Dollar(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.



Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly United States
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees in United States earn 7% more than their female counterparts.

Female
84,600 USD
Male+7%
90,600 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United States

How much are annual salary increments in United States? How often do employees get salary raises?

United States

Employees in United States are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 16 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate United States
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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in United States is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Banking
4%
Energy
8%
Information Technology
3%
Healthcare
7%
Travel
2%
Construction
6%
Education
1%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United States for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.


Average Salary Increase Rate by Experience Level

Junoir Level
3% - 5%
Mid-Career
6% - 9%
Senior Level
10% - 15%
Top Management
15% - 20%

The difference in increment rates is somehow justified because employers put more effort to retain more experienced staff since they are harder to acquire than less experienced ones.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Bonus and Incentive Rates in United States

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United States
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47% of surveyed staff in United States reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 53% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
53%
No Bonus
47%

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.


Bonus Rates Comparison by Career Field

Finance
High
Architecture
High
Sales
High
Business Development
High
Marketing / Advertising
High
Information Technology
Moderate
Healthcare
Moderate
Insurance
Moderate
Customer Service
Moderate
Human Resources
Moderate
Construction
Low
Transport
Low
Hospitality
Low

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.


Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Public vs private sector salaries yearly United States
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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in United States earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
85,400 USD
Public Sector+5%
89,700 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Trend and Forecast in United States

How are United States salaries changing over time? The chart below shows the average salary change in the past few years.

Salary trends and forecast yearly United States
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Average Salary 2016
78,400 USD
Average Salary 2017+4%
81,300 USD
Average Salary 2018+2%
83,100 USD
Average Salary 2019+3%
85,900 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salaries in United States are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 3% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant67,700 USD
Accounting Assistant63,300 USD
Accounting Manager133,000 USD
Bookkeeper53,700 USD
Chartered Accountant81,800 USD
Corporate Treasurer176,000 USD
Financial Analyst100,000 USD
Financial Manager208,000 USD
Internal Auditor100,000 USD

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant50,800 USD
Office Manager68,100 USD
Receptionist74,500 USD
Secretary52,400 USD

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director100,000 USD
Creative Director104,000 USD
Graphic Designer67,300 USD
Photographer68,900 USD

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer103,000 USD
Air Traffic Controller103,000 USD
Flight Attendant83,600 USD
Pilot122,000 USD

Architecture
Architect85,600 USD
CAD Drafter77,600 USD

Automotive
Mechanic51,600 USD
Service Advisor80,700 USD

Banking
Bank Branch Manager150,000 USD
Teller66,900 USD

Bilingual
Teacher74,500 USD
Translator81,800 USD

Business Planning
Business Analyst112,000 USD
Business Development Manager153,000 USD
Project Manager111,000 USD

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny63,400 USD
Nursery Teacher73,800 USD

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer91,800 USD
Construction Project Manager113,000 USD
Health and Safety Officer62,800 USD

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative68,500 USD
Customer Service Manager136,000 USD
Customer Service Representative70,400 USD

Engineering
Electrical Engineer101,000 USD
Engineer87,800 USD
Mechanical Engineer101,000 USD

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer221,000 USD
Chief Financial Officer210,000 USD
General Manager181,000 USD

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef84,000 USD
Executive Chef85,400 USD
Hotel Manager147,000 USD
Travel Agent79,700 USD
Waiter / Waitress57,100 USD

Health and Medical
Dentist225,000 USD
Dietitian230,000 USD
Laboratory Technician78,000 USD
Nurse75,600 USD

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager133,000 USD
Human Resources Officer77,200 USD

Information Technology
Computer Technician78,000 USD
Database Administrator95,500 USD
Developer / Programmer90,700 USD
Information Technology Manager138,000 USD
Network Engineer85,300 USD

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer81,000 USD

Legal
Attorney139,000 USD
Legal Assistant74,000 USD

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist94,900 USD

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer82,200 USD
Pharmacist107,000 USD

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier58,700 USD
Sales Manager156,000 USD
Sales Representative63,000 USD

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher68,500 USD
Secondary School Teacher81,000 USD

Average Hourly Wage in California


50 USD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in California is 50 USD. This means that the average person in California earns approximately 50 USD for every worked hour.


Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

California VS United States

Salary Comparison Between California and United States yearly
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We compared salaries in California and United States and we found that California salaries are 18% more than those of United States.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Long Beach84,200 USD
Los Angeles106,000 USD
Oakland82,500 USD
Sacramento86,800 USD
San Diego101,000 USD
San Francisco96,500 USD
San Jose99,100 USD
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