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Physician Assistant Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for physician assistants in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of physician assistants among California cities is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Physician Assistants in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$58,940
25th Percentile Wage
$88,480
50th Percentile Wage
$112,860
75th Percentile Wage
$130,810
90th Percentile Wage
$161,290

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for physician assistants in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $161,290. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $112,860. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $58,940.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$28.34
25th Percentile Wage
$42.54
50th Percentile Wage
$54.26
75th Percentile Wage
$62.89
90th Percentile Wage
$77.55

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for physician assistants in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $77.55. The median hourly salary is $54.26. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $28.34.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of physician assistants from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016112,8603.09%9.35%
2015109,3704.04%-
2014104,9503.43%-
2013101,350-0.95%-
2012102,310--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Physician Assistants in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of physician assistants in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of physician assistants in state of California ranges from $92,530 to $130,300. The highest paying area for physician assistants in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $130,300. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Bakersfield-Delano (mean annual salary $129,160). The lowest paying area is Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta with a median annual salary of $92,530.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$130,300
Bakersfield-Delano
$129,160
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$127,200
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$125,490
Modesto
$124,840
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$124,690
Merced
$122,880
Chico
$121,060
Stockton
$119,880
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$118,830
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$118,480
Visalia-Porterville
$117,010
Redding
$115,020
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$114,830
Salinas
$112,440
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$111,490
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$109,830
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$109,150
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$108,730
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$108,710
Hanford-Corcoran
$106,770
Vallejo-Fairfield
$105,040
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$103,990
Fresno
$100,820
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$98,930
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$95,210
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$92,530



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