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As of mid-April, the average pay for the Hispanic-related jobs category in California is about $66,568 a year, approximately $32 an hour. Unsplash.com

California's demand for Latino workers that speak both English and Spanish is increasing, as being bilingual becomes an attractive skill for potential workers. Because of this, the average Latino is making over $30 an hour in the state.

As of mid-April, the average pay for the Hispanic-related jobs category in California is about $66,568 a year, which is approximately $32 an hour, according to ZipRecruiter.

California currently ranks number 4 out of 50 states nationwide for Hispanic-related job salaries. In the state, the average pay range for a Hispanic job varies greatly, which suggests there may be many opportunities for advancement and increased pay based on skill level, location and years of experience.

Santa Clara, San Francisco and Fremont rank as the top 3 cities with the highest salaries for Latinos and Hispanics in California, with the average hourly rate being $37.11, $35.94 and $35.12 respectively, the job hunting platform reports.

For these jobs, being bilingual is not only a plus, it is also a requirement.

Wilshire Academy, for instance, a school based in Los Angeles, is looking for Latino tutors that speak both languages and pays an hourly wage of $25-$30. The new hire will be in charge of helping adults and children of different ages succeed at a variety of subjects and extra-curricular activities.

The weekly working hours range between 5-15 hours in the Los Angeles campus in California.

Similarly, the need for Spanish speaking workers is spreading to other industries, including service and customer service.

In Tulare, AT&T looks for Bilingual Spanish Part Time Sales Consultant to connect with costumers and help them choose the technological options that best fit their case. This position offers a $21 hourly wage plus commissions.

In San Fernando, Rosarito Fish Market is looking for Cashiers and Food Prep employees who speak Spanish. For that role, the payment varies between $20-$28 an hour depending on the experience.

The need for Spanish speaking workers in California does not come as a surprise, since 40% of Californians are Latinos. In comparison, 35% of Californians are white, 15% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5% are Black, 4% are multiracial, and fewer than 1% are Native American or Alaska Native.

The state's payment to workers overall has become the center of attention in the past couple of weeks, as California fast food restaurants with 60 or more locations will pay workers at least 25% more than the state's $16 minimum wage as per a new rule.

The mandatory minimum wage for fast-food workers jumped from $16 an hour to $20 an hour on April 1 after Governor Gavin Newsom signed the Fast Act back in September requiring chains to bump up their pay.

Regardless, the minimum wage for other workers in the state remains at $16 an hour.

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