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Electrical Engineers in California

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

12.1% Jobs Projection
$110,190 Median Salary
2,010 Job Openings

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

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

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

How Many Electrical Engineers Work in California?

26,570 people worked as Electrical Engineers in 2018 in this state.

There were 24,690 Electrical Engineers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 1,880 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Electrical Engineers in CA Employment Trend

The typical state has 2,430 Electrical Engineers working in it, which means California has more Electrical Engineers than average.

Electrical Engineers in CA vs. the Average State

Job Projections for California

Jobs for Electrical Engineers in this state are growing at a rate of 12.1% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 8.6%.

Job Projections for Electrical Engineers: Nation vs. CA

California Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 2,010 annual job openings, and 28,700 total jobs in 2026 for Electrical Engineers in this state.

Nationwide, the prediction is 13,900 annual jobs and 204,500 total jobs in 2026.

What do Electrical Engineers Make in California?

In 2018 wages for Electrical Engineers ranged from $66,100 to $167,170 with $110,190 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $31.78 to $80.37. The median hourly rate was $52.97.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $53.31 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate declined by $0.34.

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

Electrical Engineers Earnings: CA vs. National Average

Top California Metros for Electrical Engineers

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

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 8,310 $110,060
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 5,350 $126,500
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 4,170 $116,220
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 3,790 $101,610
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 1,310 $107,830
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 880 $87,890
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 530 $103,140
Bakersfield, CA 460 $91,970
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 440 $101,290
Santa Rosa, CA 220 $99,670
Fresno, CA 170 $118,440
Redding, CA 110 $106,500
Stockton-Lodi, CA 90 $106,510
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 60 $100,350
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 60 $116,150
Madera, CA 40 $106,630
Salinas, CA 40 $129,680
Yuba City, CA 40 $119,910
Visalia-Porterville, CA 40 $73,190
Modesto, CA 30 $102,160

Top States for Electrical Engineers Employment

The table below shows the states where most Electrical Engineers work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 26,570 $110,190
Texas 14,680 $99,670
New York 10,500 $99,410
Michigan 9,190 $88,930
Pennsylvania 8,870 $91,710
Massachusetts 7,520 $113,270
Virginia 6,880 $104,310
Ohio 6,760 $83,790
Florida 5,940 $90,660
Washington 5,650 $111,730
North Carolina 5,090 $91,680
Illinois 4,860 $92,570
Arizona 4,840 $102,790
Maryland 4,760 $105,680
Alabama 4,540 $94,320
Georgia 4,330 $84,740
Wisconsin 3,920 $82,680
Minnesota 3,910 $95,380
Missouri 3,680 $91,960
New Jersey 3,590 $108,470

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

State Annual Median Salary
District of Columbia $115,560
Massachusetts $113,270
New Mexico $111,910
Washington $111,730
Alaska $111,100
California $110,190
New Jersey $108,470
Maryland $105,680
Delaware $105,430
Rhode Island $105,400

You may also be interested in the following careers:

Occupation CA Employment Total
Electronics Engineers, Except Computer 29,210


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