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Sports Medicine Practitioner Salary in California - CA

California is one of the highest-paying states when it comes to positions in sports medicine, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Since there is a multitude of job opportunities available in sports medicine, it is impossible to quote just one average sports medicine salary in California. However, when examining the average salaries of positions in the milieu of sports medicine, it becomes obvious that California offers a higher pay rate than other states for many of these positions.


The following salary statistics for sports medicine positions in California were derived from the BLS:

  • Physical therapist:  $83,740 (the fifth-highest paying state in the country)
  • Physical therapist assistant:  $56,820 (the second-highest paying state in the nation)
  • Occupational therapist assistant:  $57,230 (the fifth-highest paying state in the country)
  • Occupational therapist:  $82,610 (the top-paying state in the country)
  • Fitness trainer:  $46,650
  • Exercise physiologist:  $72,130

Depending upon the metropolitan area of the state in which you work, you might be paid more or less than your counterpart working in another part of the state. For example, the following salary statistics for occupational therapists working across California were taken from the BLS:

  • Fresno:  $84,310
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale:  $83,430
  • Modesto:  $61,450
  • Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville:  $83,590
  • San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos:  $78,750
  • San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont:  $89,240
  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara:  $87,200
  • Northern mountains nonmetropolitan area:  $80,650

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