City and County of San Francisco

Acupuncturist (#2565)

$34.43-$41.85 Hourly / $5,967.00-$7,254.00 Monthly / $71,604.00-$87,048.00 Yearly


Under general supervision, evaluates and treats clients using acupuncture therapy techniques; collaborates and consults with staff of a multi-disciplinary health team;provides information, education and publicity regarding services; and performs related duties as required.

Distinguishing Features

An acupuncturist performs acupuncture therapy by selecting appropriate meridian points and needles and inserting the needles into the designated points of the skin; acupressure, moxibustion, magnetotherapy and other related techniques may also be used. The treatment stimulates or disperses the energy of the meridian for the purpose of effecting functional modifications of the patient’s physical or emotional condition. The classification differs from those in the 2220 Physician or 2230 Physician Specialist series in that acupuncture is the only treatment modality employed and that possession of a license to practice medicine issued by the California Board of Medical Examiners is not required.

Examples of Important and Essential Duties

1. Performs intake evaluation of clients for acupuncture treatment; develops treatment plans; provides acupuncture treatment to clients; keeps charts of treatments and discharges patients from treatment.

2. As a member of a multi-disciplinary health team, collaborates with other staff in working with clients; engages in mutual consultation with staff physicians regarding medical and psychiatric issues; provides inservice training to staff regarding cases appropriate for acupuncture referral; participates in staff and intake meetings.

3. Performs related duties including counseling of clients and maintenance of records for services rendered; providing information, education and publicity to the public regarding acupuncture services; maintaining acupuncture equipment and inventory of supplies.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

 Requires the knowledges, abilities and skills that enable the acupuncturist to obtain certification to practice acupuncture as required by the California State Board of Medical Quality Assurance Division of the Allied Health Professions. May require bilingual and biliterate ability in Cantonese.

License or Certificate

Certificate: Requires possession of a current, valid certificate to practice acupuncture issued by the California State Board of Medical Quality Assurance Division of the Allied Health Professions

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

CLASS: 2565; EST: 1/1/1900; REV: 1/1/1900;