California features over 80,000 medical assistants throughout the state. These professionals require certification and assist physicians with daily patient duties. A medical assistant might check patients’ vital signs, administer medications, and maintain records. In California, such professionals start out at $10.00 per hour on the low end.
However, California medical assistants earn noticeably more than similar workers in other states. The mean medical assistant salary in California is $16.37 per hour. That amounts to an annual salary of $34,000, over $5,000 higher than the national average. For this profession, various certifications and requirements need to be met in order to find employment.
|AREA_NAME||Hourly Wage||Annaul Average||Total Employment||JOBS_1000|
|San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division||$21.00||$43,680.00||4,290||4.101|
|Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division||$19.67||$40,910.00||5,680||5.662|
|Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA||$19.53||$40,630.00||930||5.267|
|Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA||$19.11||$39,750.00||530||6.232|
|San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA||$18.67||$38,830.00||3,440||3.696|
|Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA||$16.90||$35,160.00||900||5.2|
|San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA||$16.82||$34,980.00||7,070||5.479|