Physician Assistants in California
Is California a good place for you to work as a Physician Assistant?
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.
The typical state has 1,190 Physician Assistants working in it, which means California has more Physician Assistants than average.
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%.
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.
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|
|San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA||640||$124,040|
|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|
|Santa Rosa, CA||120||$121,340|
|Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA||100||$139,170|
|Yuba City, CA||90||$123,810|
Top States for Physician Assistants Employment
View the list below to see where most Physician Assistants work.
|State||Number Employed||Annual Median Salary|
Below are the states where Physician Assistants get paid the most:
|State||Annual Median Salary|
|District of Columbia||$115,460|
- Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
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