Medical assistant earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Medical assistant salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Washington $35,268
Maryland $28,146
Massachusetts $34,038
Illinois $30,567
Virginia $30,567
Oklahoma $30,102
Utah $30,115
North Carolina $31,532
Colorado $30,332
Georgia $29,662
Tennessee $26,934
Pennsylvania $27,852
New Jersey $28,256
Ohio $28,882
Arizona $29,114
New York $29,662
Michigan $28,238
Oregon $30,500
Florida $27,589
California $28,139
Texas $25,691
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 phlebotomists.

Career Median Salary
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Medical secretary salary $26K
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