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Economists in California

Considering a career as an Economist in California?

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?

In 2018, there were 1,430 Economists working in the state.

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

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

Economists in CA Employment Trend

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

Economists in CA vs. the Average State

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%.

Job Projections for Economists: Nation vs. CA

California Annual Job Openings

The BLS is projecting 130 annual Economists job openings in California, and 1,700 total jobs in the year 2026.

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.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $54.17 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $0.96.

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

Economists Earnings: CA vs. National Average

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

View the list below to see 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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