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Medical Assistant Salary Information

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 [1].

Table 1. Medical Assistant Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$22,870
25th Percentile Wage
$26,860
50th Percentile Wage
$31,540
75th Percentile Wage
$37,760
90th Percentile Wage
$45,310

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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of medical assistants from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201631,5403.01%6.88%
201530,5902.06%-
201429,9601.17%-
201329,6100.81%-
201229,370--

Table 2. Medical Assistant Salary by Industry Sector

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
$35,460
Manufacturing
$34,970
Finance and Insurance
$34,740
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$33,540
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$32,330
Federal, State, and Local Government
$31,750
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$31,740
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$31,500
Health Care and Social Assistance
$31,500
Wholesale Trade
$30,600
Retail Trade
$28,260

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Medical Assistants by States

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
Alaska
$40,320
District of Columbia
$38,610
Washington
$37,430
Massachusetts
$37,420
Minnesota
$37,210
Oregon
$35,930
Hawaii
$35,480
New York
$34,970
Vermont
$34,940
New Jersey
$34,750
Connecticut
$34,730
California
$34,640
New Hampshire
$34,530
Rhode Island
$34,200
North Dakota
$34,140
Colorado
$34,010
Wisconsin
$34,000
Maryland
$33,810
Maine
$32,500
Iowa
$32,050
Illinois
$31,900
Wyoming
$31,790
Nevada
$31,760
Montana
$31,240
Delaware
$31,110
Virginia
$31,030
Arizona
$31,000
North Carolina
$30,910
Nebraska
$30,590
Idaho
$30,480
Florida
$30,340
Pennsylvania
$30,200
Utah
$30,110
Georgia
$30,040
Missouri
$30,010
Indiana
$29,880
Michigan
$29,850
Texas
$29,600
Tennessee
$29,500
South Carolina
$29,410
Ohio
$29,250
Kentucky
$29,180
Oklahoma
$28,910
Kansas
$28,800
New Mexico
$28,630
South Dakota
$28,560
Arkansas
$28,360
Mississippi
$28,170
Louisiana
$26,800
Alabama
$26,650
West Virginia
$25,560
Virgin Islands
$24,830
Guam
$23,140
Puerto Rico
$18,430



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