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Medical Assistant Salary and Jobs Data for California

California State SealThere is a lot of god news if you’re looking for a medical assistant job in California. The state ranks #1 in jobs. It also ranks 7th in average annual salary for medical assistants.

While these are high rankings they really should be surprise to anyone. California is both a very populous state as well as a geographically dispersed state. There are several population centers that have significant job opportunities.



Medical Assistant Salary Data for California

Area nameEmploymentHourly mean wageAnnual mean wageHourly median wageAnnual median wage
Bakersfield-Delano, CA1760$12.57$26,150$11.53$23,980
Chico CA560$13.44$27,950$13.13$27,310
El Centro CA160$11.80$24,530$11.43$23,770
Fresno CA2410$13.72$28,540$13.09$27,240
Hanford-Corcoran CA220$13.62$28,330$12.67$26,350
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale CA22670$15.96$33,200$15.42$32,080
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana CA30140$16.02$33,320$15.52$32,290
Madera-Chowchilla CA210$14.75$30,680$14.48$30,120
Merced CA520$12.71$26,440$12.41$25,820
Modesto CA870$15.11$31,430$15.40$32,020
Napa CA260$18.13$37,710$16.97$35,290
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward CA5990$17.92$37,280$17.29$35,950
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura CA2210$15.12$31,440$15.32$31,860
Redding CA570$14.15$29,440$13.80$28,700
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario CA7050$13.33$27,730$12.92$26,880
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville CA5170$17.83$37,080$16.68$34,700
Salinas CA800$18.03$37,510$16.50$34,320
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos CA7580$16.33$33,970$16.02$33,320
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont CA9900$18.80$39,110$18.24$37,940
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City CA3910$20.15$41,900$19.68$40,940
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara CA4120$18.31$38,090$18.09$37,640
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles CA670$15.14$31,500$14.55$30,270
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine CA7470$16.18$33,650$15.80$32,860
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta CA860$16.00$33,270$15.35$31,930
Santa Cruz-Watsonville CA670$18.51$38,500$19.09$39,710
Santa Rosa-Petaluma CA880$19.15$39,830$19.00$39,520
Stockton CA1250$14.47$30,100$14.15$29,440
Vallejo-Fairfield CA1000$22.80$47,430$22.37$46,530
Visalia-Porterville CA720$13.69$28,470$13.28$27,610
Yuba City CA380$14.32$29,780$13.33$27,730
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


As the chart above shows, The Los Angeles and surrounding areas have the highest employment of medical assistants. This is followed by San Francisco and San Diego. At the other end is Yuba City, Napa, Hanford-Corcoran, Madera-Chowchilla and El Centro with the fewest number employed.

When it comes to the average salaries in the state the rankings are significantly different. Vallejo-Fairfield is on top with an average annual salary of $47,430. This is significantly higher than in other parts of the state.

Next comes the San Francisco area, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz and the San Jose area. It is interesting to note that Napa which ranked in the bottom five in terms of employment, ranks number seven in average salary.

California has one of the widest ranges of salaries across the state. It goes from $47,430 in Vallejo to $24,530 in El Centro. This speaks to the wide diversity in the state both from population dispersion as well as in per capita income.

Overall there is no shortage of opportunities in California. There is a large employment base in the medical assisting field and good salaries available. This is especially true if you are in the larger population centers in the state.

It’s important to remember to take these numbers as guides when you are looking for a job. Salaries can vary significantly depending on the specific job responsibilities and by the type of  facility. But hopefully this will give you some idea what to expect in your area.

As always you need to present yourself in the best way highlighting your credential and experience. Take the time to prepare a resume that puts your best foot forward.