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Medical Assistant Salaries in California

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:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bakersfield-Delano CA
1670
25640
Chico CA
570
29550
El Centro CA
230
26610
Fresno CA
2540
29490
Hanford-Corcoran CA
170
29560
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale CA Metropolitan Division
23650
32210
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana CA
31360
32830
Madera-Chowchilla CA
260
29640
Merced CA
480
26660
Modesto CA
810
32130
Napa CA
270
38060
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward CA Metropolitan Division
5680
40910
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura CA
2430
31740
Redding CA
550
29700
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario CA
6950
27610
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville CA
5640
37580
Salinas CA
750
32200
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos CA
7070
34980
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont CA
9970
42100
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City CA Metropolitan Division
4290
43680
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara CA
3440
38830
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles CA
610
32580
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine CA Metropolitan Division
7700
34770
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta CA
900
35160
Santa Cruz-Watsonville CA
530
39750
Santa Rosa-Petaluma CA
930
40630
Stockton CA
1120
30590
Vallejo-Fairfield CA
810
39680
Visalia-Porterville CA
770
31080
Yuba City CA
300
32210
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
230
31810
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
440
31950
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
160
28060
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
290
32160