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
Washington $40,620
Minnesota $39,880
Massachusetts $39,240
Connecticut $36,950
Oregon $38,200
California $36,080
Vermont $36,300
New York $36,640
Illinois $35,910
Alaska $35,934
New Hampshire $36,400
North Dakota $36,480
Wisconsin $36,430
Maryland $35,270
Colorado $35,640
New Jersey $35,290
Rhode Island $35,880
Maine $34,940
Virginia $33,710
Nebraska $33,660
Montana $34,070
Pennsylvania $29,455
Florida $32,870
Wyoming $33,430
Nevada $32,950
Delaware $32,560
Hawaii $31,883
Utah $32,320
North Carolina $32,710
Michigan $31,900
Tennessee $31,220
Missouri $32,200
Iowa $31,366
South Carolina $31,220
Georgia $31,790
Ohio $31,680
Virgin Islands $30,250
Texas $31,030
Kansas $29,945
Oklahoma $30,200
Idaho $30,131
New Mexico $30,050
Mississippi $28,770
South Dakota $29,660
Kentucky $27,856
Louisiana $28,120
West Virginia $27,810
Alabama $26,822
Arizona $27,080
Indiana $26,889
Arkansas $26,308
Guam $25,500
Puerto Rico $19,870

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 phlebotomists but more than home health aides.

Career Median Salary
Phlebotomist salary $33K
Medical and clinical laboratory technician salary $31K
Psychiatric aide salary $31K
Medical secretary salary $31K
Pharmacy technician salary $30K
Medical assistant salary $29K
Orderly salary $27K
Personal care aide salary $26K
Veterinary assistant salary $23K
Home health aide salary $22K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)