Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
571,690 0.8 % $14.80 $30,780 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.23 $12.09 $14.24 $17.12 $20.15
Annual Wage (2) $21,280 $25,160 $29,610 $35,600 $41,910


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 337,690 13.95 $14.85 $30,880
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 79,190 1.50 $15.50 $32,240
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 58,560 7.88 $13.28 $27,630
Outpatient Care Centers 36,190 5.39 $15.57 $32,390
Employment Services 7,570 0.23 $14.93 $31,060

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 337,690 13.95 $14.85 $30,880
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 58,560 7.88 $13.28 $27,630
Outpatient Care Centers 36,190 5.39 $15.57 $32,390
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 79,190 1.50 $15.50 $32,240
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 3,090 1.29 $16.75 $34,850

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Insurance Carriers 230 0.02 $17.88 $37,180
Personal Care Services 270 0.04 $17.44 $36,270
Scientific Research and Development Services 880 0.14 $17.01 $35,370
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 7,030 0.24 $16.85 $35,040
Grantmaking and Giving Services 70 0.05 $16.79 $34,930


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 82,450 5.60 1.30 $16.37 $34,050
Texas 52,380 4.80 1.11 $13.53 $28,130
Florida 39,030 5.24 1.21 $13.76 $28,620
Pennsylvania 24,570 4.37 1.01 $14.42 $29,990
New York 23,170 2.68 0.62 $16.04 $33,370




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 5,220 6.66 1.55 $13.50 $28,070
Arizona 15,230 6.15 1.43 $15.07 $31,350
Michigan 23,120 5.78 1.34 $13.81 $28,720
California 82,450 5.60 1.30 $16.37 $34,050
Utah 6,920 5.57 1.29 $13.70 $28,490




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 1,340 4.14 0.96 $19.04 $39,610
District of Columbia 1,460 2.19 0.51 $18.69 $38,870
Massachusetts 14,190 4.36 1.01 $18.01 $37,460
Washington 14,040 4.97 1.15 $17.12 $35,600
Connecticut 7,160 4.38 1.02 $16.47 $34,260





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 23,650 5.95 1.38 $15.48 $32,210
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 15,860 3.03 0.70 $16.38 $34,060
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 13,410 4.86 1.13 $14.05 $29,230
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 11,970 3.24 0.75 $15.20 $31,610
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 10,820 4.69 1.09 $14.40 $29,960
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 10,250 4.77 1.11 $15.24 $31,700
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 9,910 5.56 1.29 $15.58 $32,400
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 8,240 4.71 1.09 $19.02 $39,570
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 8,050 4.37 1.01 $16.13 $33,550
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 7,700 5.30 1.23 $16.71 $34,770