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Aerospace Engineers in California

Considering a career as an Aerospace Engineer in California?

9.2% Jobs Projection
$122,960 Median Salary
760 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Aerospace Engineers in California are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Aerospace Engineers in California is growing faster than average.

  • Aerospace Engineers in California earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Aerospace Engineers Work in California?

In California, there were 11,440 people working as Aerospace Engineers in the year 2018.

There were 11,450 Aerospace Engineers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 10 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Aerospace Engineers in CA Employment Trend

The typical state has 800 Aerospace Engineers working in it, which means California has more Aerospace Engineers than average.

Aerospace Engineers in CA vs. the Average State

Job Projections for California

Jobs for Aerospace Engineers in this state are growing at a rate of 9.2% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 6.0%.

Job Projections for Aerospace Engineers: Nation vs. CA

California Annual Job Openings

The BLS is projecting 760 annual Aerospace Engineers job openings in California, and 11,900 total jobs in the year 2026.

Nationwide, the prediction is 4,600 annual jobs and 73,800 total jobs in 2026.

What do Aerospace Engineers Make in California?

In 2018 wages for Aerospace Engineers ranged from $75,300 to $175,630 with $122,960 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $36.2 to $84.44. The median hourly rate was $59.12.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $57.66 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $1.46.

The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Aerospace Engineers Earnings: CA vs. National Average

Top California Metros for Aerospace Engineers

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Aerospace Engineers.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 4,350 $133,040
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,880 $129,880
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,760 $105,010
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,670 $126,950
Bakersfield, CA 610 $108,550
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 590 $116,850
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 150 n/a
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 50 $83,200

Top States for Aerospace Engineers Employment

View the list below to see where most Aerospace Engineers work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 11,440 $122,960
Texas 6,770 $124,200
Alabama 4,080 $116,480
Ohio 3,880 $110,380
Maryland 2,890 $126,060
Florida 2,750 $107,810
Georgia 2,550 $114,380
Arizona 2,230 $105,490
Kansas 2,220 $102,880
Virginia 2,060 $127,160
Colorado 1,890 $115,530
New Jersey 1,840 $114,270
Missouri 1,250 $116,430
Connecticut 1,130 $100,170
Oklahoma 1,110 $90,620
Pennsylvania 940 $105,070
Utah 900 $102,070
New Mexico 700 $108,880
Massachusetts 630 $119,010
North Carolina 570 $98,900

Below are the states where Aerospace Engineers get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
District of Columbia $145,160
Hawaii $128,090
Virginia $127,160
Maryland $126,060
Texas $124,200
California $122,960
Massachusetts $119,010
Louisiana $117,860
New York $117,470
Alabama $116,480


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