Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

31-9092 Medical Assistants

Perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician. Excludes "Physician Assistants" (29-1071).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
539,220 0.8 % $14.51 $30,170 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.04 $11.86 $13.99 $16.87 $19.62
Annual Wage (2) $20,880 $24,670 $29,100 $35,080 $40,810


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 325,420 13.88 $14.63 $30,420
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 69,940 1.35 $14.91 $31,010
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 55,920 8.11 $12.97 $26,970
Outpatient Care Centers 32,360 5.29 $15.24 $31,710
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 7,060 0.25 $16.02 $33,330

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 325,420 13.88 $14.63 $30,420
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 55,920 8.11 $12.97 $26,970
Outpatient Care Centers 32,360 5.29 $15.24 $31,710
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 69,940 1.35 $14.91 $31,010
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 3,100 1.21 $14.16 $29,450

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 730 0.12 $17.81 $37,040
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities (8) (8) $17.80 $37,010
Offices of Dentists 3,850 0.46 $17.18 $35,730
Insurance Carriers 280 0.02 $17.14 $35,660
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,070 0.94 $16.85 $35,050


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 81,860 5.83 1.39 $15.53 $32,300
Texas 48,970 4.75 1.13 $13.38 $27,830
Florida 37,280 5.21 1.24 $13.80 $28,710
Pennsylvania 24,350 4.39 1.04 $14.45 $30,060
Ohio 22,980 4.62 1.10 $13.27 $27,600




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Mexico 5,030 6.46 1.54 $13.34 $27,740
California 81,860 5.83 1.39 $15.53 $32,300
Michigan 22,030 5.75 1.37 $13.44 $27,950
Hawaii 3,260 5.65 1.34 $16.60 $34,530
Florida 37,280 5.21 1.24 $13.80 $28,710




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 1,200 3.82 0.91 $18.84 $39,200
District of Columbia 1,770 2.75 0.65 $17.79 $37,010
Massachusetts 14,240 4.51 1.07 $17.36 $36,100
Hawaii 3,260 5.65 1.34 $16.60 $34,530
Washington 13,050 4.80 1.14 $16.57 $34,470





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 23,910 6.26 1.49 $14.96 $31,120
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 12,980 2.57 0.61 $16.42 $34,160
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 11,800 4.63 1.10 $14.44 $30,030
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 11,520 3.22 0.77 $15.11 $31,430
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 9,920 4.45 1.06 $14.39 $29,930
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 8,690 4.25 1.01 $14.45 $30,060
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 8,300 4.57 1.09 $16.04 $33,350
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 8,120 4.85 1.15 $18.00 $37,430
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 7,630 4.49 1.07 $15.48 $32,210
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 7,510 5.41 1.29 $15.76 $32,780


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