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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Medical Assistant Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$23,830
25th Percentile Wage
$27,580
50th Percentile Wage
$32,480
75th Percentile Wage
$38,340
90th Percentile Wage
$45,900

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 $45,900. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $32,480. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $23,830. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 92% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of medical assistants from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$32,480
2.89% 9.58%
2016
$31,540
3.01% -
2015
$30,590
2.06% -
2014
$29,960
1.17% -
2013
$29,610
0.81% -
2012
$29,370
- -

Table 2. Medical Assistant Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of medical assistants in 14 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 real estate and rental and leasing sector with an annual salary $37,810. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $29,820).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$37,810
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$36,730
Manufacturing
$36,620
Transportation and Warehousing
$36,550
Finance and Insurance
$35,810
Educational Services
$35,780
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$34,100
Federal, State, and Local Government
$33,850
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$33,040
Wholesale Trade
$32,660
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$32,570
Health Care and Social Assistance
$32,430
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$32,130
Retail Trade
$29,820

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 $18,670 to $41,270. The highest paying state for medical assistants is Alaska with a median annual salary of $41,270. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,670. For more salary information of medical assistants profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Alaska
$41,270
District of Columbia
$39,720
Washington
$39,000
Minnesota
$38,500
Massachusetts
$38,010
Hawaii
$37,050
Oregon
$36,940
Vermont
$35,460
North Dakota
$35,460
New Hampshire
$35,430
Connecticut
$35,410
New York
$35,410
Rhode Island
$35,180
New Jersey
$35,180
Wisconsin
$34,950
Colorado
$34,860
Maryland
$34,670
California
$34,650
Maine
$33,760
Iowa
$33,610
Illinois
$33,340
Nevada
$32,830
Montana
$32,650
Wyoming
$32,600
Virginia
$32,260
Nebraska
$32,250
Delaware
$32,180
Idaho
$31,700
North Carolina
$31,690
Georgia
$31,550
Arizona
$31,410
Florida
$31,360
Missouri
$31,060
Indiana
$30,800
Utah
$30,770
Pennsylvania
$30,720
Ohio
$30,620
Michigan
$30,530
Texas
$30,380
Tennessee
$30,340
Kentucky
$30,210
South Carolina
$30,170
Kansas
$29,780
South Dakota
$29,580
Oklahoma
$29,520
New Mexico
$29,350
Arkansas
$29,000
Mississippi
$28,240
Virgin Islands
$27,700
Alabama
$27,250
Louisiana
$27,230
West Virginia
$26,800
Guam
$22,880
Puerto Rico
$18,670



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