Cost of living plays a major role in the average salaries in a particular state. California has a high cost of living relative to other states, which means pay is high as well. As of May 2013, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated the average annual salary for all jobs in California was $53,030. This pay was well above the national average for all positions of $46,440 per year.
California Pay Facts
Management pay is especially high in California, with a state average of $123,790 per year as of 2013. The national average for managers was $110,550. Across all business and financial operations positions, the average salary in California was $77,720. The same national average was $71,020. All construction jobs paid an average of $54,130 per year in California, compared to $45,630 nationally.