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Physician Assistants in California

Is California a good place for you to work as a Physician Assistant?

34.3% Jobs Projection
$118,500 Median Salary
980 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Physician Assistants in California are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Physician Assistants in California is growing faster than average.

  • Physician Assistants in California earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Physician Assistants Work in California?

10,520 people worked as Physician Assistants in 2018 in this state.

There were 11,110 Physician Assistants employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 590 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Physician Assistants in CA Employment Trend

The typical state has 1,190 Physician Assistants working in it, which means California has more Physician Assistants than average.

Physician Assistants in CA vs. the Average State

Job Projections for California

Jobs for Physician Assistants in this state are growing at a rate of 34.3% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 37.4%.

Job Projections for Physician Assistants: Nation vs. CA

California Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 980 annual job openings, and 13,700 total jobs in 2026 for Physician Assistants in this state.

Nationwide, the prediction is 10,600 annual jobs and 145,900 total jobs in 2026.

What do Physician Assistants Make in California?

In 2018 wages for Physician Assistants ranged from $67,910 to $164,260 with $118,500 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $32.65 to $78.97. The median hourly rate was $56.97.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $55.64 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $1.33.

The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Physician Assistants Earnings: CA vs. National Average

Top California Metros for Physician Assistants

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Physician Assistants.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,090 $116,080
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,090 $122,150
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 900 $113,230
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 720 $121,370
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 640 $124,040
Fresno, CA 230 $117,110
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 170 $122,420
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 160 $118,010
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 150 $108,560
Bakersfield, CA 150 $125,300
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 120 $113,570
Santa Rosa, CA 120 $121,340
Salinas, CA 110 $156,580
Stockton-Lodi, CA 100 $124,540
Modesto, CA 100 $115,350
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 100 $139,170
Visalia-Porterville, CA 90 $121,340
Yuba City, CA 90 $123,810
Chico, CA 60 $126,170
Redding, CA 60 $118,900
Madera, CA 40 $122,680
Napa, CA 30 $114,460

Top States for Physician Assistants Employment

View the list below to see where most Physician Assistants work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
New York 12,060 $117,060
California 10,520 $118,500
Texas 7,930 $110,080
Pennsylvania 6,650 $97,720
Florida 6,040 $104,420
North Carolina 5,010 $102,180
Michigan 4,490 $108,200
Ohio 4,430 $105,940
Massachusetts 3,720 $110,110
Georgia 3,470 $104,460
Colorado 3,190 $103,070
Maryland 3,040 $106,940
New Jersey 2,810 $120,700
Illinois 2,670 $105,660
Virginia 2,510 $99,980
Washington 2,470 $122,710
Connecticut 2,300 $126,320
Arizona 2,100 $105,120
Wisconsin 2,020 $111,890
Tennessee 2,010 $93,010

Below are the states where Physician Assistants get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
Connecticut $126,320
Washington $122,710
Alaska $120,990
New Jersey $120,700
Nevada $119,570
California $118,500
Wyoming $118,090
New York $117,060
Hawaii $116,230
District of Columbia $115,460

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