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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
712,430 0.8 % $17.17 $35,720 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.41 $14.16 $16.73 $19.36 $23.43
Annual Wage (2) $25,820 $29,460 $34,800 $40,270 $48,720


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 408,350 15.42 $17.06 $35,490
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 104,970 1.88 $17.88 $37,190
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 58,730 6.14 $15.65 $32,540
Outpatient Care Centers 57,930 6.07 $18.84 $39,190
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 14,930 1.58 $14.27 $29,690

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 408,350 15.42 $17.06 $35,490
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 58,730 6.14 $15.65 $32,540
Outpatient Care Centers 57,930 6.07 $18.84 $39,190
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 104,970 1.88 $17.88 $37,190
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 14,930 1.58 $14.27 $29,690

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 130 0.01 $21.09 $43,870
Junior Colleges 60 0.01 $20.87 $43,400
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities (8) (8) $20.60 $42,850
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries (8) (8) $20.12 $41,850
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 2,990 1.08 $19.69 $40,960


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 96,850 5.57 1.15 $19.29 $40,120
Texas 65,170 5.24 1.08 $15.65 $32,550
Florida 57,410 6.53 1.35 $16.31 $33,920
Pennsylvania 29,280 4.96 1.02 $16.10 $33,490
New York 27,730 2.91 0.60 $18.56 $38,590




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)
Alaska 2,740 8.65 1.78 $21.94 $45,630
New Mexico 6,750 8.20 1.69 $15.18 $31,570
Maine 4,340 7.10 1.46 $17.57 $36,540
Oregon 13,340 7.00 1.44 $19.13 $39,790
Hawaii 4,340 6.83 1.41 $19.05 $39,620




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 2,740 8.65 1.78 $21.94 $45,630
District of Columbia 1,870 2.59 0.53 $21.41 $44,530
Washington 15,780 4.75 0.98 $21.04 $43,760
Massachusetts 14,990 4.14 0.85 $20.09 $41,780
Minnesota 9,950 3.45 0.71 $20.05 $41,710





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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 35,380 3.66 0.76 $18.72 $38,940
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 32,040 5.14 1.06 $18.41 $38,300
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 19,560 5.35 1.10 $16.42 $34,160
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 17,500 3.74 0.77 $18.05 $37,550
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 16,530 6.26 1.29 $17.33 $36,040
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 16,410 5.98 1.23 $16.86 $35,060
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 15,360 5.34 1.10 $16.98 $35,310
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 14,710 4.82 0.99 $16.49 $34,290
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 12,770 6.02 1.24 $16.63 $34,580
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 12,320 4.99 1.03 $23.52 $48,920