Medical assistant earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Medical assistant salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Washington $35,215
Maryland $27,789
Massachusetts $34,094
Virginia $30,365
Utah $30,119
Illinois $30,210
North Carolina $31,537
Oklahoma $30,105
Georgia $29,638
Colorado $30,423
Tennessee $26,872
Pennsylvania $28,069
New Jersey $28,290
Ohio $28,815
Arizona $29,201
New York $29,675
Michigan $28,066
Oregon $30,500
Florida $27,617
California $28,177
Texas $25,672
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 13% more than similar careers in Pennsylvania. On average, they make less than orderlies but more than home health aides.

Career Median Salary
Orderly salary $28K
Medical assistant salary $28K
Personal care aide salary $27K
Pharmacy technician salary $26K
Dental assistant salary $27K
Home health aide salary $21K