Medical Assistant Salary

medical-assistants-salary-chart.jpgMedical assistants carry out clinical and administrative duties under the guidance of physicians. They may schedule appointments, maintain billing and medical records, and coding data for insurance claims. Clinical duties include taking and documenting vital signs and medical records, administering medications, drawing blood, and preparing patients for examinations.

Salary

The average salary of a medical assistant is $30,550 a year. The bottom 10% earns about $21,080 a year while the top 10% earns at least $41,570 annually. The median salary is $29,370 yearly.

The industries with the best job prospects are offices of physicians (330,760 employed, $30,740 average yearly); general medical and surgical hospitals (73,680 employed, $31,750); and offices of other health practitioners (56,030 employed, $27,420).

The top paying industry is psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals, paying $42,250 on average.

The three top paying states are Alaska ($39,900 average), Washington D.C. ($37,800), and Massachusetts ($37,210).

Job Outlook

The job outlook of a medical assistant is expected to increase by 29% between 2012 and 2022, which is much faster than average for all occupations.

Medical Assistant Salary by State

State Lowest 10% Median Salary Highest 10% Average Salary
Alabama $17,980 $24,740 $35,340 $25,600
Alaska $30,210 $38,690 $52,220 $39,610
Arizona $22,540 $30,670 $39,850 $31,350
Arkansas $19,790 $26,540 $36,140 $27,080
California $21,920 $32,690 $49,060 $34,050
Colorado $24,880 $32,190 $43,030 $32,790
Connecticut $24,390 $33,210 $46,830 $34,260
Delaware $23,580 $32,250 $43,430 $32,510
Florida $20,740 $28,180 $37,130 $28,620
Georgia $20,810 $28,180 $37,490 $28,830
Hawaii $23,010 $32,570 $45,280 $33,320
Idaho $23,260 $29,150 $37,660 $29,870
Illinois $21,620 $29,820 $41,680 $31,230
Indiana $20,850 $27,810 $37,190 $28,500
Iowa $21,430 $29,170 $38,880 $30,610
Kansas $20,720 $27,190 $37,830 $28,480
Kentucky $20,180 $27,290 $36,420 $27,640
Louisiana $20,070 $26,610 $36,280 $27,250
Maine $24,370 $30,550 $39,000 $31,300
Maryland $24,040 $31,830 $42,560 $32,380
Massachusetts $26,740 $35,700 $48,620 $37,460
Michigan $20,870 $28,030 $37,460 $28,720
Minnesota $23,340 $33,240 $43,690 $33,040
Mississippi $19,560 $25,180 $36,890 $26,980
Missouri $20,230 $27,370 $38,000 $28,390
Montana $22,940 $30,700 $40,190 $31,190
Nebraska $21,540 $28,670 $38,560 $29,640
Nevada $24,540 $30,880 $40,000 $31,570
New Hampshire $25,290 $31,830 $39,580 $32,180
New Jersey $24,410 $31,410 $43,050 $32,400
New Mexico $20,800 $27,530 $36,840 $28,070
New York $23,130 $32,090 $45,860 $33,370
North Carolina $21,670 $28,860 $37,650 $29,390
North Dakota $24,410 $31,790 $38,910 $31,640
Ohio $21,030 $27,980 $36,830 $28,450
Oklahoma $19,200 $25,150 $34,890 $25,880
Oregon $25,050 $33,770 $44,440 $33,900
Pennsylvania $21,390 $28,840 $39,350 $29,990
Rhode Island $25,040 $31,940 $39,580 $32,350
South Carolina $20,300 $28,280 $38,130 $29,530
South Dakota $21,170 $27,290 $35,060 $27,440
Tennessee $20,620 $27,770 $37,660 $28,670
Texas $19,620 $27,460 $37,640 $28,130
Utah $21,650 $27,930 $36,640 $28,490
Vermont $25,410 $32,390 $44,920 $33,580
Virginia $21,460 $30,400 $40,640 $30,870
Washington $26,380 $34,960 $46,400 $35,600
West Virginia $18,150 $24,470 $32,100 $24,860
Wisconsin $24,590 $31,350 $39,130 $31,620
Wyoming $22,540 $31,060 $38,730 $31,230