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Economists in California

Is California a good place for you to work as an Economist?

6.3% Jobs Projection
$114,660 Median Salary
130 Job Openings

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

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

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

How Many Economists Work in California?

There were approximately 1,430 workers employed as Economists in this state in 2018.

There were 1,470 Economists employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 40 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


The typical state has 145 Economists working in it, which means California has more Economists than average.


Job Projections for California

Jobs for Economists in this state are growing at a rate of 6.3% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 6.1%.


California Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 130 annual job openings, and 1,700 total jobs in 2026 for Economists in this state.

Nationwide, the prediction is 1,600 annual jobs and 22,600 total jobs in 2026.

What do Economists Make in California?

In 2018 wages for Economists ranged from $58,610 to $195,660 with $114,660 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $28.18 to $94.07. The median hourly rate was $55.13.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $54.17 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $0.96.

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


Top California Metros for Economists

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

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 390 $119,060
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 360 $121,010
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 150 $63,890
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 150 $113,090
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 130 $95,840
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 120 $141,670

Top States for Economists Employment

The table below shows the states where most Economists work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
District of Columbia 6,380 $122,930
California 1,430 $114,660
Virginia 1,230 $122,230
Massachusetts 1,150 $107,580
Texas 830 $99,740
New York 750 $101,740
Maryland 700 $116,380
Pennsylvania 610 $84,520
Washington 400 $91,940
Illinois 380 $104,230
Georgia 330 $104,200
Minnesota 250 $68,050
Michigan 250 $80,990
Missouri 250 $91,350
Wisconsin 240 $69,060
Florida 240 $90,490
North Carolina 230 $80,400
Colorado 220 $101,670
Oregon 220 $88,330
New Jersey 180 $87,590

Below are the states where Economists get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
District of Columbia $122,930
Virginia $122,230
Maryland $116,380
California $114,660
Ohio $108,800
Massachusetts $107,580
Illinois $104,230
Georgia $104,200
New York $101,740
Colorado $101,670


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