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Engineers in California

Considering a career as an Engineer in California?

9.2% Jobs Projection
$107,300 Median Salary
1,320 Job Openings

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

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

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

How Many Engineers Work in California?

20,600 people worked as Engineers in 2018 in this state.

There were 17,820 Engineers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 2,780 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Engineers in CA Employment Trend

The typical state has 1,540 Engineers working in it, which means California has more Engineers than average.

Engineers in CA vs. the Average State

Job Projections for California

Jobs for Engineers in this state are growing at a rate of 9.2% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 6.4%.

Job Projections for Engineers: Nation vs. CA

California Annual Job Openings

The BLS is projecting 1,320 annual Engineers job openings in California, and 19,000 total jobs in the year 2026.

Nationwide, the prediction is 9,500 annual jobs and 141,000 total jobs in 2026.

What do Engineers Make in California?

In 2018 wages for Engineers ranged from $57,180 to $161,670 with $107,300 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $27.49 to $77.73. The median hourly rate was $51.59.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $51.52 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $0.07.

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

Engineers Earnings: CA vs. National Average

Top California Metros for Engineers

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

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 6,800 $98,480
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 4,020 $109,820
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 3,830 $124,740
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 2,390 $113,610
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 730 $95,120
Bakersfield, CA 610 $115,680
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 500 $91,770
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 280 $114,230
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 230 $107,960
Santa Rosa, CA 150 $114,780
Stockton-Lodi, CA 150 $93,900
Fresno, CA 100 $77,280
Redding, CA 100 $94,330
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 90 $120,190
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 70 $95,240
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 70 $113,900
Salinas, CA 50 $105,000
Visalia-Porterville, CA 40 $91,370

Top States for Engineers Employment

The table below shows the states where most Engineers work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 20,600 $107,300
Texas 10,710 $109,110
Florida 8,570 $77,020
Ohio 7,100 $89,390
Louisiana 5,400 $81,990
New York 4,910 $92,560
Pennsylvania 4,850 $93,400
Maryland 4,530 $128,230
Georgia 4,380 $92,030
Tennessee 4,250 $74,890
Virginia 4,190 $122,940
Illinois 4,000 $84,550
Alabama 3,730 $116,490
New Jersey 3,470 $116,570
Washington 3,160 $107,230
Massachusetts 3,090 $106,680
Oregon 2,760 $87,070
District of Columbia 2,640 $141,320
Colorado 2,500 $111,020
Minnesota 2,450 $101,270

Below are the states where Engineers get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
District of Columbia $141,320
Maryland $128,230
Virginia $122,940
Alaska $117,520
New Jersey $116,570
Alabama $116,490
New Mexico $114,000
Idaho $111,050
Colorado $111,020
Texas $109,110

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