The salary statistics of medical assistants are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of medical assistants within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The medical assistants annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
Table 1 shows the average annual salary for medical assistants. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) medical assistants is $45,310. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $31,540. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $22,870. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 98% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of medical assistants from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
The average salaries of medical assistants in 11 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for medical assistants occupations is the educational services sector with an annual salary $35,460. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $28,260).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Educational Services|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
From the above tables we note that not only medical assistants salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of medical assistants in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $18,430 to $40,320. The highest paying state for medical assistants is Alaska with a median annual salary of $40,320. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,430. For more salary information of medical assistants profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.
|State Name||Median Annual Salary|
|District of Columbia|| |
|New York|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|Virgin Islands|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |