Biological Scientists in California
Want to work in California as a Biological Scientist? Read this first!
You’re in luck! Jobs for Biological Scientists in California are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.
Projected employment for Biological Scientists in California is growing faster than average.
Biological Scientists in California earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.
How Many Biological Scientists Work in California?
There were approximately 11,010 workers employed as Biological Scientists in this state in 2018.
There were 8,050 Biological Scientists employed in this state in 2017.
That’s growth of 2,960 jobs between 2017 and 2018.
The typical state has 410 Biological Scientists working in it, which means California has more Biological Scientists than average.
Job Projections for California
Jobs for Biological Scientists in this state are growing at a rate of 11.7% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 8.0%.
California Annual Job Openings
The BLS estimates 780 annual job openings, and a total of 8,600 jobs for California Biological Scientists in 2026.
Nationwide, the prediction is 3,700 annual jobs and 41,800 total jobs in 2026.
What do Biological Scientists Make in California?
In 2018 wages for Biological Scientists ranged from $51,430 to $133,210 with $87,760 being the median annual salary.
Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $24.73 to $64.04. The median hourly rate was $42.19.
In 2017 the median pay for this field was $40.22 an hour.
The hourly rate grew by $1.97.
The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.
Top California Metros for Biological Scientists
The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Biological Scientists.
|Metro||Number Employed||Annual Median Salary|
|San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA||3,520||$94,770|
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA||2,540||$90,080|
|San Diego-Carlsbad, CA||2,000||$81,350|
|San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA||760||$101,790|
|Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA||350||$82,910|
|Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA||90||$98,890|
|Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA||80||$88,580|
|Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA||60||$72,530|
|Santa Rosa, CA||50||$45,450|
|El Centro, CA||40||$85,600|
|San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA||30||$146,350|
Top States for Biological Scientists Employment
The table below shows the states where most Biological Scientists work.
|State||Number Employed||Annual Median Salary|
|District of Columbia||520||$84,670|
Below are the states where Biological Scientists get paid the most:
|State||Annual Median Salary|
|District of Columbia||$84,670|
Related Careers in CA
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|Occupation||CA Employment Total|
|Biochemists and Biophysicists||5,160|
|Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists||2,240|
- Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
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