How Much Does A Medical Assistant Make?

Medical assistants take care of the clinical and administrative tasks in a clinic or hospital so that doctors have more time to see their patients. With a very high growth rate set in the next few years, the profession is one of the best careers to go into for those who would like to work in the medical industry but don’t want to be burdened by very lengthy educational requirements. The pay may not be lucrative but given the short educational preparation time needed to become one, medical assisting gives the opportunity to earn a living wage.

Average Medical Assistant Annual Salary

$32,850

The average annual salary for medical assistants is $32,850 a year. Salaries start at $22,870 a year and go up to $45,310 a year.

Average Medical Assistant Hourly Wage

$15.79

The average hourly wage for a medical assistant is $15.79. Hourly wages were between $10.99 and $21.78 an hour.

Stats were based out of 623,560 employed medical assistants in the United States.

Does Your Pay Depend On Your Experience?

Executive Medical Assistant

$45,310/year $21.78/hour

(Top 10% of Medical Assistants)


Senior Medical Assistant

$37,760/year $18.16/hour

(Top 25% of Medical Assistants)


Mid Level Medical Assistant

$31,540/year $15.17/hour

(Median)


Junior Medical Assistant

$26,860/year $12.91/hour

(Bottom 25% of Medical Assistants)


Entry Level Medical Assistant

$22,870/year $10.99/hour

(Bottom 10% of Medical Assistants)


Medical Assistant Average Salary Comparison

Massage Therapists
$44k / year
$21 / hour
Dental Assistants
$37k / year
$18 / hour
Medical Transcriptionists
$37k / year
$17 / hour
Healthcare Support Workers, All Other
$37k / year
$18 / hour
Medical Equipment Preparers
$35k / year
$17 / hour
Phlebotomists
$33k / year
$16 / hour
Medical Assistants
$32k / year
$15 / hour
Pharmacy Aides
$28k / year
$13 / hour
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers
$26k / year
$12 / hour

Top 10 Highest Paying States For Medical Assistants

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities For Medical Assistants

Medical Assistant Salary By State

Rank State Hourly Rate Annual Salary
#1 Alaska $19.88 $41,340
#2 District of Columbia $18.99 $39,500
#3 Massachusetts $18.74 $38,990
#4 Washington $18.28 $38,020
#5 Minnesota $18.06 $37,560
#6 California $17.61 $36,620
#7 Connecticut $17.35 $36,090
#8 Vermont $17.26 $35,910
#9 Oregon $17.24 $35,860
#10 New York $17.08 $35,530
#11 Hawaii $17.05 $35,450
#12 New Jersey $16.95 $35,250
#13 Maryland $16.84 $35,030
#14 New Hampshire $16.81 $34,970
#15 Wisconsin $16.70 $34,740
#16 North Dakota $16.61 $34,540
#17 Colorado $16.59 $34,510
#18 Rhode Island $16.55 $34,430
#19 Arizona $15.85 $32,970
#20 Iowa $15.83 $32,920
#21 Illinois $15.83 $32,920
#22 Maine $15.75 $32,760
#23 Nevada $15.73 $32,720
#24 Wyoming $15.71 $32,670
#25 Virginia $15.68 $32,610
#26 Montana $15.34 $31,910
#27 Delaware $15.21 $31,630
#28 Nebraska $15.16 $31,530
#29 North Carolina $15.13 $31,460
#30 Pennsylvania $15.11 $31,430
#31 Utah $15.07 $31,350
#32 Idaho $14.98 $31,150
#33 Florida $14.94 $31,080
#34 Georgia $14.82 $30,830
#35 Indiana $14.78 $30,740
#36 Missouri $14.77 $30,730
#37 Tennessee $14.66 $30,500
#38 Michigan $14.66 $30,490
#39 South Carolina $14.60 $30,380
#40 Texas $14.56 $30,270
#41 Arkansas $14.50 $30,160
#42 Ohio $14.39 $29,940
#43 Kentucky $14.38 $29,900
#44 Kansas $14.38 $29,900
#45 Oklahoma $14.26 $29,660
#46 New Mexico $13.98 $29,070
#47 Mississippi $13.98 $29,080
#48 South Dakota $13.86 $28,820
#49 Louisiana $13.15 $27,350
#50 Alabama $13.11 $27,280
#51 Virgin Islands $12.74 $26,500
#52 West Virginia $12.60 $26,210
#53 Guam $11.71 $24,370
#54 Puerto Rico $9.54 $19,850

Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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