Bopara, who is a linchpin in England's limited-overs sides but has not played a Test match in over a year, has been with Essex since 2002 and has since gone on to make 8,000 runs in first-class cricket.
While his chances of representing England in the longest form of the game appear slim, his county can reap the benefits and they have awarded the 28-year-old a new deal through to the end of the 2014 season.
"I am delighted to have signed a new contract with the club for a further year," Bopara said.
"I was pleased with how my season went in 2013 both domestically and internationally for Essex and England, respectively. I am now looking to continue this form into the new season with Essex where we can hopefully win some silverware."
Essex head coach Paul Grayson added: "Ravi has committed to a further year with the club and showed again last season why he is such an important and valuable player for us.
"We know that one of his key aims is to be playing International cricket with England but when he's in an Essex shirt, he has shown what a devastating player he can be.
"He will of course continue to be a key member of the team next year and I hope he will carry on his form across all formats of the game."