Research Salaries in California

One of the leading deterrents for college students hoping to attain teaching certification in California is the prospect of what kind of salary they can expect after fulfilling the teaching requirements in California and beginning their new career. The average salary of a teacher in California is determined by many different factors. Therefore, it is best to view the state averages for the entry-level, mid-point, and salary offerings. An entry-level teacher’s salary starts at an average of $39,972, while the midpoint is $59,193. Finally, the average for experienced teachers is $78,413. However, remember that these amounts are the statewide averages for a California certified teacher, and many districts can be found providing much larger annual salaries.

Those interested in becoming a teacher in California should refer to the following list provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The table shows the average salaries of teachers for various post-secondary teaching positions within California as well as numerous K-12 teaching salaries, compared against the annual mean wage of the U.S.

Occupation Annual mean wage in California Annual mean wage in U.S.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary $92,300 $89,100
Physics Teachers Postsecondary N/A $90,570
Psychology Teachers Postsecondary $80,560 $76,060
Education Teachers Postsecondary $68,620 $65,630
English Language and Literature Teachers Postsecondary $82,290 $68,360
Preschool Teachers Except Special Education $34,240 $31,420
Kindergarten Teachers Except Special Education $63,940 $52,840
Elementary School Teachers Except Special Education $69,320 $56,320
Middle School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $67,390 $56,630
Secondary School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $69,260 $58,260
Special Education Teachers Kindergarten and Elementary School $67,650 $56,690
Special Education Teachers Middle School $63,610 $59,540
Special Education Teachers Secondary School $67,480 $60,410

An additional determining factor of salary is the region, county, and district in which you seek employment. The following table shows the differences between three of California’s largest urban centers.

City Annual mean wage
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA $58,190
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos CA $55,180
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City CA $58,770

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Academy of Art University

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79 New Montgomery
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 274-2200

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  • 4-year

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Alliant International University-San Diego

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10455 Pomerado Road
San Diego, CA 92131
(415) 955-2100

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  • 4-year

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Biola University

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13800 Biola Ave
La Mirada, CA 90639-0001
(562) 903-6000

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  • 4-year

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California Baptist University

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8432 Magnolia Ave
Riverside, CA 92504-3297
(951) 689-5771

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  • 4-year

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  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
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California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

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1 Grand Ave.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
(805) 756-1111

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  • 4-year

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California State Polytechnic University-Pomona

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3801 West Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768
(909) 869-7659

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  • 4-year

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California State University-Bakersfield

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9001 Stockdale Hwy
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1099
(661) 654-2782

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  • 4-year

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  • Bachelors
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California State University-Chico

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First and Normal Sts
Chico, CA 95929-0150
(530) 898-6116

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  • 4-year

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  • Bachelors
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California State University-Dominguez Hills

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1000 E Victoria St
Carson, CA 90747-0005
(310) 243-3300

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California State University-Fresno

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5241 N Maple Ave
Fresno, CA 93740
(559) 278-4240

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California State University-Long Beach

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1250 Bellflower Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90840-0115
(562) 985-4111

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  • 4-year

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California State University-Los Angeles

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5151 State University Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90032
(323) 343-3000

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  • 4-year

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California State University-Sacramento

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6000 J St
Sacramento, CA 95819-2694
(916) 278-6011

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California State University-San Bernardino

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5500 University Pky
San Bernardino, CA 92407-2397
(909) 537-5000

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Cerritos College

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11110 Alondra Blvd
Norwalk, CA 90650-6298
(562) 860-2451

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  • 2-year

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Chapman University

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One University Dr.
Orange, CA 92866
(714) 997-6815

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  • 4-year

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El Camino Community College District

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16007 Crenshaw Blvd
Torrance, CA 90506
(310) 532-3670

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  • 2-year

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Fresno City College

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1101 E. University Ave
Fresno, CA 93741
(559) 442-4600

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  • 2-year

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Fresno Pacific University

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1717 S Chestnut Ave
Fresno, CA 93702-4709
(559) 453-2000

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  • 4-year

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Holy Names University

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3500 Mountain Blvd
Oakland, CA 94619-1699
(510) 436-1000

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  • 4-year

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