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Want to work in California as a Biological Scientist? Read this first!

11.7% Jobs Projection
$87,760 Median Salary
780 Job Openings

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.

Biological Scientists in CA Employment Trend

The typical state has 410 Biological Scientists working in it, which means California has more Biological Scientists than average.

Biological Scientists in CA vs. the Average State

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%.

Job Projections for Biological Scientists: Nation vs. CA

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.

Biological Scientists Earnings: CA vs. National Average

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
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 620 $79,470
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 350 $82,910
Salinas, CA 90 $89,340
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 90 $98,890
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 90 $91,610
Bakersfield, CA 90 $65,380
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 80 $88,580
Fresno, CA 80 $65,380
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 60 $72,530
Santa Rosa, CA 50 $45,450
Redding, CA 50 $67,350
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
California 11,010 $87,760
Massachusetts 4,470 $74,580
Maryland 4,100 $97,850
Texas 2,100 $80,910
Florida 1,770 $75,010
Washington 1,270 $79,590
North Carolina 1,070 $79,580
Georgia 1,040 $71,280
Colorado 870 $71,030
Ohio 780 $66,590
Oregon 770 $67,350
Louisiana 700 $63,310
New York 690 $88,430
Pennsylvania 660 $71,110
Indiana 630 $68,110
Illinois 590 $83,370
Arizona 570 $73,980
Virginia 540 $83,180
Wisconsin 540 $70,540
District of Columbia 520 $84,670

Below are the states where Biological Scientists get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
Maryland $97,850
Rhode Island $94,580
Delaware $92,440
Connecticut $91,320
New York $88,430
California $87,760
District of Columbia $84,670
Illinois $83,370
Virginia $83,180
New Jersey $81,880

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Occupation CA Employment Total
Biochemists and Biophysicists 5,160
Microbiologists 4,610
Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists 2,240


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