Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
584,970 0.8 % $15.01 $31,220 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.36 $12.26 $14.41 $17.34 $20.56
Annual Wage (2) $21,540 $25,500 $29,960 $36,070 $42,760


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 349,370 14.22 $15.02 $31,230
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 85,040 1.62 $15.82 $32,910
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 57,870 7.48 $13.48 $28,040
Outpatient Care Centers 38,880 5.56 $15.48 $32,200
Employment Services 7,030 0.20 $15.20 $31,620

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 349,370 14.22 $15.02 $31,230
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 57,870 7.48 $13.48 $28,040
Outpatient Care Centers 38,880 5.56 $15.48 $32,200
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 85,040 1.62 $15.82 $32,910
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 2,730 1.10 $14.97 $31,130

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 1,280 0.20 $17.63 $36,670
Personal Care Services (8) (8) $17.32 $36,030
Insurance Carriers 200 0.02 $16.87 $35,090
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 5,470 0.19 $16.69 $34,720
Offices of Dentists 3,750 0.43 $16.62 $34,570


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 81,240 5.37 1.24 $16.73 $34,790
Texas 55,620 4.95 1.14 $13.73 $28,550
Florida 40,770 5.32 1.23 $14.13 $29,400
Pennsylvania 23,860 4.22 0.97 $14.39 $29,940
New York 23,780 2.70 0.62 $16.13 $33,540



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)
Arizona 16,380 6.48 1.50 $15.29 $31,800
Utah 7,410 5.78 1.34 $14.05 $29,230
New Mexico 4,510 5.72 1.32 $13.61 $28,320
Rhode Island 2,620 5.65 1.31 $15.87 $33,000
Michigan 22,730 5.58 1.29 $14.11 $29,350



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 1,180 1.74 0.40 $19.16 $39,860
Alaska 1,440 4.43 1.02 $19.08 $39,680
Massachusetts 16,100 4.85 1.12 $18.09 $37,640
Washington 12,850 4.43 1.02 $17.24 $35,850
Connecticut 6,920 4.21 0.97 $17.00 $35,360




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 21,750 5.36 1.24 $16.00 $33,290
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 16,950 3.14 0.73 $16.19 $33,670
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 13,720 4.82 1.11 $14.08 $29,280
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 12,500 3.33 0.77 $15.37 $31,970
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 11,880 5.31 1.23 $15.38 $32,000
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 11,710 4.90 1.13 $14.62 $30,420
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 11,550 6.32 1.46 $15.76 $32,780
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 9,330 5.20 1.20 $19.02 $39,570
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 7,340 4.94 1.14 $17.01 $35,380
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 7,170 3.85 0.89 $15.90 $33,080