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Medical Scientists in California

Considering a career as a Medical Scientist in California?

12.5% Jobs Projection
$99,100 Median Salary
2,550 Job Openings

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

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

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

How Many Medical Scientists Work in California?

There were approximately 26,080 workers employed as Medical Scientists in this state in 2018.

There were 25,730 Medical Scientists employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 350 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Medical Scientists in CA Employment Trend

The typical state has 1,115 Medical Scientists working in it, which means California has more Medical Scientists than average.

Medical Scientists in CA vs. the Average State

Job Projections for California

Jobs for Medical Scientists in this state are growing at a rate of 12.5% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 13.4%.

Job Projections for Medical Scientists: Nation vs. CA

California Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates 2,550 annual job openings, and a total of 28,700 jobs for California Medical Scientists in 2026.

Nationwide, the prediction is 12,100 annual jobs and 136,100 total jobs in 2026.

What do Medical Scientists Make in California?

In 2018 wages for Medical Scientists ranged from $51,930 to $151,040 with $99,100 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $24.97 to $72.62. The median hourly rate was $47.64.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $46.75 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $0.89.

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

Medical Scientists Earnings: CA vs. National Average

Top California Metros for Medical Scientists

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

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 7,400 $98,630
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 7,360 $94,300
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 4,290 $95,270
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,250 $105,730
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 800 $102,820
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 720 $104,560
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 300 $126,130
Modesto, CA 300 $98,690
Fresno, CA 270 $98,830
Santa Rosa, CA 160 $100,900
Bakersfield, CA 150 $101,530
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 120 $87,370
Stockton-Lodi, CA 80 $120,230
Salinas, CA 70 $120,140
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 70 $110,720
Visalia-Porterville, CA 60 $96,570
El Centro, CA 40 $96,720

Top States for Medical Scientists Employment

The table below shows the states where most Medical Scientists work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 26,080 $99,100
Massachusetts 13,430 $84,070
New York 9,500 $78,900
Pennsylvania 7,970 $103,110
Washington 5,570 $78,680
Texas 5,240 $60,270
Maryland 5,010 $99,740
North Carolina 4,500 $88,690
Illinois 3,510 $75,990
Florida 3,470 $77,420
Ohio 3,430 $67,850
New Jersey 2,960 $128,210
Minnesota 2,920 $83,670
Michigan 2,550 $58,250
Missouri 1,830 $55,090
Virginia 1,800 $89,220
Oregon 1,720 $71,390
Georgia 1,710 $62,600
Indiana 1,550 $0
Arizona 1,500 $83,260

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

State Annual Median Salary
New Jersey $128,210
Connecticut $111,840
Delaware $110,750
Pennsylvania $103,110
Maryland $99,740
Nevada $99,720
California $99,100
Maine $94,100
Rhode Island $91,110
Virginia $89,220

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