The average salary for a medical assistant in the United States is around $28,565 per year.
This is 56% below the national average. Updated in 2018.
Medical assistants earn an average yearly salary of $28,565. Wages typically start from $21,069 and go up to $38,728.
Medical assistant earnings by seniority
Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.
Medical assistant salary by state
|State Name||Average Salary|
|District of Columbia||$41,500|
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?
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Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)