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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 amongst 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$60,830
25th Percentile Wage
$93,200
50th Percentile Wage
$115,720
75th Percentile Wage
$133,090
90th Percentile Wage
$159,630

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 $159,630. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $115,720. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $60,830.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of physician assistants from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$115,720
2.47% 11.59%
2016
$112,860
3.09% -
2015
$109,370
4.04% -
2014
$104,950
3.43% -
2013
$101,350
-0.95% -
2012
$102,310
- -

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 $139,500. The highest paying area for physician assistants in California is Santa Cruz-Watsonville with a median annual salary of $139,500. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City (mean annual salary $139,190). The lowest paying area is Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta with a median annual salary of $92,530.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$139,500
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$139,190
Modesto
$136,150
Chico
$126,760
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$126,360
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$124,260
Salinas
$123,780
Merced
$122,880
Stockton
$121,770
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$121,310
Visalia-Porterville
$121,100
Bakersfield-Delano
$120,880
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$120,410
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$119,910
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$119,620
Yuba City
$118,970
El Centro
$117,450
Redding
$115,900
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$113,640
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$113,010
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$110,550
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$109,830
Madera-Chowchilla
$109,530
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$109,380
Hanford-Corcoran
$106,770
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$105,870
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$104,820
Napa
$104,510
Fresno
$102,220
Vallejo-Fairfield
$101,150
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$98,930
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$92,530




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