Medical assistant earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Medical assistant salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Alaska $34,847
Alabama $26,649
Arkansas $25,463
Arizona $27,004
California $36,080
Colorado $35,640
Connecticut $36,950
District of Columbia $41,500
Delaware $32,560
Florida $32,870
Georgia $31,790
Guam $25,500
Hawaii $31,883
Iowa $31,366
Idaho $30,131
Illinois $35,910
Indiana $26,889
Kansas $29,945
Kentucky $27,856
Louisiana $28,120
Massachusetts $39,240
Maryland $35,270
Maine $34,940
Michigan $31,900
Minnesota $39,880
Missouri $32,200
Mississippi $28,770
Montana $34,070
North Carolina $32,710
North Dakota $36,480
Nebraska $33,660
New Hampshire $36,400
New Jersey $35,290
New Mexico $30,050
Nevada $32,950
New York $37,560
Ohio $31,680
Oklahoma $30,200
Oregon $38,200
Pennsylvania $25,876
Puerto Rico $19,870
Rhode Island $35,880
South Carolina $31,220
South Dakota $29,660
Tennessee $32,370
Texas $31,580
Utah $33,000
Virginia $33,710
Virgin Islands $30,250
Vermont $36,300
Washington $40,620
Wisconsin $36,430
West Virginia $27,810
Wyoming $33,430

How much does a Medical Assistant earn?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical assisting is one of the fastest growing career fields. Growing demand for medical assistants will positively impact medical assistant salaries in the years to come. Factors affecting medical assistant salary include the level and quality of training achieved, level of job experience, and the presence of certification.

While physicians' offices and hospitals employ the most medical assistants, scientific research and development services and personal care services pay the highest wages. The median annual Medical Assistant salary is $32,692, as of February 22, 2016, with a range usually between $30,142-$35,297.

Medical Assistant Compensation by Geographical Region

Medical assistant salary and hourly wages are influenced by many factors. The most significant is location, with medical assistant pay varying widely from state to state and from city to city. The highest paid in the medical assistant profession work in the metropolitan areas of San Jose, California, Santa Rosa, California, and San Francisco. The Santa Cruz, California area also pays well, as does the city of Fairbanks, Alaska. The lowest paying states for medical assistants are Wyoming, West Virginia, South Dakota, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Alabama, and Montana.

How do medical assistant salaries compare to similar careers?

Medical assistants earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than medical transcriptionists but more than veterinary assistants.

Career Median Salary
Medical transcriptionist salary $32K
Dental assistant salary $32K
Phlebotomist salary $31K
Veterinary technologist salary $30K
Pharmacy technician salary $30K
Medical assistant salary $29K
Medical secretary salary $27K
Veterinary assistant salary $23K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)