Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
553,140 0.8 % $14.69 $30,550 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.14 $11.99 $14.12 $17.01 $19.99
Annual Wage (2) $21,080 $24,940 $29,370 $35,380 $41,570


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 330,760 13.92 $14.78 $30,740
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 73,680 1.41 $15.26 $31,750
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 56,030 7.79 $13.18 $27,420
Outpatient Care Centers 34,670 5.41 $15.37 $31,980
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 7,430 0.26 $16.26 $33,830

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 330,760 13.92 $14.78 $30,740
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 56,030 7.79 $13.18 $27,420
Outpatient Care Centers 34,670 5.41 $15.37 $31,980
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 73,680 1.41 $15.26 $31,750
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,600 1.13 $16.87 $35,080

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 1,020 0.44 $20.31 $42,250
Insurance Carriers 260 0.02 $18.02 $37,480
Scientific Research and Development Services 770 0.12 $17.20 $35,780
Offices of Dentists 3,690 0.43 $17.08 $35,530
Personal Care Services (8) (8) $16.95 $35,250


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 82,280 5.75 1.35 $16.23 $33,750
Texas 51,890 4.90 1.16 $13.59 $28,270
Florida 38,080 5.23 1.23 $13.75 $28,600
Pennsylvania 22,460 4.01 0.95 $14.37 $29,900
Ohio 22,440 4.44 1.05 $13.48 $28,040




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 5,090 6.58 1.55 $13.57 $28,220
California 82,280 5.75 1.35 $16.23 $33,750
Michigan 21,820 5.57 1.31 $13.66 $28,410
Arizona 13,350 5.53 1.30 $15.10 $31,410
Hawaii 3,190 5.43 1.28 $16.72 $34,780




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 1,210 3.79 0.89 $19.18 $39,900
District of Columbia 1,630 2.49 0.59 $18.17 $37,800
Massachusetts 13,610 4.25 1.00 $17.89 $37,210
Washington 13,690 4.95 1.17 $16.99 $35,330
Hawaii 3,190 5.43 1.28 $16.72 $34,780





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 22,670 5.86 1.38 $15.96 $33,200
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 14,390 2.79 0.66 $16.22 $33,740
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 12,550 4.75 1.12 $14.77 $30,720
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 12,530 3.44 0.81 $15.05 $31,310
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 10,200 4.86 1.15 $15.09 $31,390
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 10,010 4.43 1.04 $14.40 $29,960
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 8,460 4.89 1.15 $15.60 $32,450
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 7,930 4.63 1.09 $18.74 $38,980
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 7,580 6.01 1.42 $16.33 $33,970
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 7,470 5.30 1.25 $16.18 $33,650