The California Employment Development Department employment trend projections for 2012 to 2022 include the medical assistant profession among their “occupations with the most job openings” and their “fastest growing occupations” lists.
More specifically, California expects the number of employed medical assistants to increase from 81,600 in 2012 to 100,500 by 2022. This change is indicative of a very strong job growth rate of 23.2%, which is anticipated to create 34,500 new medical assistant jobs in this time frame.
Average Annual Salary Percentiles and Top Paying Locations
In 2014, medical assistants earning in the 50th percentile received an average median salary of $32,940 annually. Those earning in the 75th percentile received an average higher salary of $40,084, while those in the 25th percentile earned $26,602 annually.
In instances of non-salaried workers, medical assistants earning in the 50th percentile received an average median wage of $15.83 hourly. The top 25% earned an average of $19.28 hourly, while those in the lowest bracket earned $12.79 an hour.
According to the California Employment Development Department, the highest paying locations for medical assistants in the state include:
- San Francisco Bay Area: $43,752/yr. or $21.04/hr.
- East Bay Area: $40,790/yr. or $19.61/hr.
- Sonoma County: $40,780/yr. or $19.61/hr.
- Santa Cruz County: $40,558/yr. or $19.50/hr.
- San Benito/Santa Clara Counties: $38,976/yr. or $18.73/hr.
Further information regarding medical assistant salaries and wages in California can be located below. The information in this table was provided by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2013: