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Average Salary in California 2019

How much money does a person working in California make?

7,816 USD per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working in California typically earns around 7,816 USD per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits.
Salaries differ drasticly between different jobs. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Distribution of Salaries in California | All Jobs

Median and salary distribution monthly California

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Salaries in California range between 1,058 USD per month (minimum salary) to 34,612 USD per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 8,051 USD per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 8,051 USD while the other half are earning more than 8,051 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.

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 4,099 USD while 75% of them are earning more than 4,099 USD. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 22,611 USD while 25% are earning more than 22,611 USD.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary? What should you be looking at?

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 plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. We have written a guide to explain all the different senarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Trend and Forecast in California

How are California salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary over the past few years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly California
Average Salary 2016    =  
7,070 USD
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
7,332 USD
Average Salary 2018    +3%  
7,581 USD
Average Salary 2019    +3%  
7,816 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in California are on the rise in the year 2019 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 continous increase in pay in 2020 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accountant5,126 USD
Administrative Assistant3,848 USD
Architect6,482 USD
Attorney10,536 USD
Biomedical Engineer6,224 USD
CAD Drafter5,876 USD
Cashier4,445 USD
Chartered Accountant6,199 USD
Chef6,366 USD
Chief Executive Officer16,764 USD
Chief Financial Officer15,941 USD
Civil Engineer6,827 USD
Computer Technician5,910 USD
Creative Director7,849 USD
Dentist17,068 USD
Developer / Programmer6,875 USD
Electrical Engineer7,631 USD
Elementary School Teacher5,189 USD
Engineer6,651 USD
Executive Chef6,473 USD
Flight Attendant6,335 USD
General Manager13,724 USD
Graphic Designer5,096 USD
Hotel Manager11,167 USD
Human Resources Manager10,058 USD
Internal Auditor7,613 USD
Journalist7,191 USD
Legal Assistant5,604 USD
Mechanical Engineer7,683 USD
Nurse5,725 USD
Pharmacist8,077 USD
Photographer5,217 USD
Pilot9,215 USD
Police Officer6,134 USD
Project Manager8,441 USD
Receptionist4,181 USD
Sales Manager11,818 USD
Sales Representative4,774 USD
Secondary School Teacher6,140 USD
Secretary3,968 USD
Teacher5,646 USD
Teller5,065 USD
Travel Agent6,036 USD
Waiter / Waitress4,326 USD

Average Hourly Wage in California | All Jobs

45 USD per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in California | All Jobs is 45 USD. This means that the average person in California earns approximatly 45 USD for every worked hour.


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

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one working 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 annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximation and they are considered to the be the standard.

California VS United States

Salary Comparison Between California and United States monthlyWe 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 Beach6,381 USD
Los Angeles8,030 USD
Oakland6,252 USD
Sacramento6,578 USD
San Diego7,633 USD
San Francisco7,310 USD
San Jose7,505 USD
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