Medical Assistant Salaries

Updated April 2018 to allow for the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics salary data released on March 30th, 2018.

How much do Medical Assistants make?

If you are interested in becoming a Medical Assistant then you will no doubt be interested to learn how much Medical Assistants earn in the USA. In the following sections we provide a detailed breakdown of average salary levels as well as data on income and employment growth rates.

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Average Medical Assistant Salary

Average Salary 2017-2018$33,580
Average Hourly Wage$16.15
90th Percentile of Earners $45,900
10th Percentile of Earners$23,830

If you are thinking of becoming a Medical Assistant you will be pleased to know that Medical Assisting is one of the most in demand healthcare careers at present.

Medical Assistants earn an average salary of $33,580 per annum. There are currently (2018) an estimated 646,320 persons employed as Medical Assistants in the USA. And this number is projected to continue to grow substantially with an additional 110,000 positions predicted to be created between 2016 by 2024.

Salary does increase with experience however and there is approximated $22,000 of a gap between those within entry level positions and those at the top of the career. Similarly there is a notable variation between States with a range of between $27,270 in West Virginia and $42,060 in Alaska.

How much do Medical Assistants make an hour?

The mean hourly wage for Medical Assistants in the USA is $16.15.   Those in the bottom 10% of earners are paid $11.46 per hour, whilst those in the top 10% make $22.07 per hour. Medical Assistants working in medical and diagnostic laboratories earn the highest hourly wage at $18.15 per hour on average.

By comparison to other careers in healthcare support there is not a significant range in salary levels for Medical Assistants.

Top States For Medical Assistants

The table below illustrates the States in which Medical Assistants earn the most – taking into consideration cost of living adjustments for each State.

StateAverage SalaryAbove AverageHourly Wage#'s Employed
Alaska$42,06025.3%$20.221,610
Washington DC$40,57023.5%$19.501,760
Washington$39,70020.9%$19.0913,500
Massachusetts$39,31019.7%$18.9013,030
Minnesota$39,05018.9%$18.7810,730

Medical Assistant Salary and Employment Data by State

How much does a Medical Assistant make in your State? Browse the map below for more information and to click through to your State. You can also view your State on the table below

StateAverage SalaryHourly WageBottom 10%Top 10%#'s Employed
Alaska$42,060$20.22$31,980$54,2401,610
Washington DC$40,570$19.50$27,910$52,6801,760
Washington$39,700$19.09$29,970$50,78013,500
Massachusetts$39,310$18.90$29,250$50,69013,030
Minnesota$39,050$18.78$30,940$49,56010,730
Vermont$37,080$17.83$28,090$47,820630
Oregon$36,990$17.78$26,380$48,70011,430
Hawaii$36,800$17.69$25,830$48,5003,360
California$36,630$17.61$25,050$52,40089,910
Connecticut$36,510$17.55$26,710$48,9907,520
New York$36,220$17.41$26,430$48,73025,140
Wisconsin$36,180$17.40$26,440$45,61011,800
Maryland$36,080$17.35$26,090$48,68011,800
New Hampshire$35,820$17.22$27,830$45,0502,640
New Jersey$35,770$17.20$26,060$48,17018,930
North Dakota$35,500$17.07$27,370$45,250620
Colorado$35,260$16.95$26,290$46,8409,810
Rhode Island$35,110$16.88$27,970$41,9002,410
Illinois$34,710$16.69$23,320$48,54019,890
Iowa$34,030$16.36$25,150$45,4104,920
Maine$34,020$16.35$26,310$43,6803,900
Nevada$33,830$16.26$25,180$44,1706,350
Virginia$33,690$16.20$24,250$46,25013,630
Nebraska$33,210$15.97$23,500$45,5702,870
Montana$33,170$15.95$25,010$42,8201,300
Wyoming$32,930$15.83$22,400$41,670690
Arizona$32,840$15.79$24,740$41,68017,510
Delaware$32,830$15.78$24,650$43,1902,470
North Carolina$32,110$15.44$24,070$40,63017,190
Georgia$32,060$15.41$23,020$41,22021,320
Utah$32,010$15.39$25,130$39,8807,180
Florida$31,980$15.37$23,280$40,84054,220
Pennsylvania$31,980$15.38$23,200$42,31028,260
Idaho$31,950$15.36$25,190$39,4603,320
Tennessee$31,490$15.14$22,540$40,54013,640
Indiana$31,410$15.10$23,970$39,33013,180
Missouri$31,370$15.08$22,220$39,8809,780
Michigan$31,270$15.03$23,830$39,33022,790
Ohio$31,220$15.01$23,010$39,69023,240
Kansas$31,160$14.98$22,160$40,8604,740
South Carolina$31,080$14.94$22,920$39,6809,540
Kentucky$31,050$14.93$22,180$40,9008,640
Texas$30,880$14.85$21,580$40,15058,090
Mississippi$30,390$14.61$21,320$39,2902,930
Oklahoma$30,140$14.49$21,950$38,9608,440
Arkansas$30,010$14.43$21,730$38,7203,290
New Mexico$30,000$14.42$22,480$38,5805,880
South Dakota$29,890$14.37$24,970$37,1701,010
Louisiana$27,810$13.37$19,110$37,9007,610
Alabama$27,730$13.33$20,330$37,2208,570
West Virginia$27,270$13.11$20,650$35,3603,280

Employment Outlook

As you can see from the graph below the outlook for jobs growth and opportunity for those who qualify as Medical Assistants is incredibly favorable. The data, taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, predicts that between 2016 and 2024 there will be over 100,000 new positions created in the sector.CMA_Employment_Figures