Medical assistant earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Medical assistant salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Oregon $36,592
Washington $34,885
Maryland $28,028
Massachusetts $33,623
Virginia $30,049
Illinois $30,100
Utah $29,883
Oklahoma $29,845
North Carolina $31,234
Colorado $30,185
Georgia $29,454
Tennessee $26,603
Pennsylvania $27,508
New Jersey $28,002
Ohio $28,573
New York $29,410
Arizona $28,748
Michigan $27,756
California $27,516
Florida $26,692
Texas $25,514
Wisconsin $27,020
Indiana $27,000

How much does a Medical Assistant earn?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical assisting is one of the fastest growing career fields. Growing demand for medical assistants will positively impact medical assistant salaries in the years to come. Factors affecting medical assistant salary include the level and quality of training achieved, level of job experience, and the presence of certification.

While physicians' offices and hospitals employ the most medical assistants, scientific research and development services and personal care services pay the highest wages. The median annual Medical Assistant salary is $32,692, as of February 22, 2016, with a range usually between $30,142-$35,297.

Medical Assistant Compensation by Geographical Region

Medical assistant salary and hourly wages are influenced by many factors. The most significant is location, with medical assistant pay varying widely from state to state and from city to city. The highest paid in the medical assistant profession work in the metropolitan areas of San Jose, California, Santa Rosa, California, and San Francisco. The Santa Cruz, California area also pays well, as does the city of Fairbanks, Alaska. The lowest paying states for medical assistants are Wyoming, West Virginia, South Dakota, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Alabama, and Montana.

How do medical assistant salaries compare to similar careers?

Medical assistants earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than opticians but more than personal care aides.

Career Median Salary
Optician salary $29K
Medical records technician salary $28K
Medical transcriptionist salary $26K
Veterinary technologist salary $26K
Dental assistant salary $27K
Medical assistant salary $26K
Medical secretary salary $26K
Pharmacy technician salary $25K
Phlebotomist salary $26K
Personal care aide salary $22K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)