Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
623,560 0.8 % $15.79 $32,850 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.99 $12.91 $15.17 $18.16 $21.78
Annual Wage (2) $22,870 $26,860 $31,540 $37,760 $45,310


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 361,890 14.38 $15.76 $32,780
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 90,730 1.68 $16.46 $34,250
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 54,930 6.56 $14.26 $29,660
Outpatient Care Centers 53,150 6.37 $16.83 $35,020
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 9,760 1.10 $13.09 $27,240

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 361,890 14.38 $15.76 $32,780
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 54,930 6.56 $14.26 $29,660
Outpatient Care Centers 53,150 6.37 $16.83 $35,020
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 90,730 1.68 $16.46 $34,250
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 9,760 1.10 $13.09 $27,240

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Junior Colleges 50 0.01 $19.20 $39,930
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 7,390 0.25 $17.85 $37,130
Offices of Dentists 3,060 0.33 $17.50 $36,410
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 70 (7) $17.41 $36,210
Personal Care Services 280 0.04 $17.39 $36,180


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 83,230 5.21 1.17 $17.61 $36,620
Texas 57,960 4.93 1.11 $14.56 $30,270
Florida 50,550 6.15 1.38 $14.94 $31,080
Pennsylvania 26,760 4.66 1.05 $15.11 $31,430
New York 23,870 2.62 0.59 $17.08 $35,530




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 17,520 6.60 1.49 $15.85 $32,970
Florida 50,550 6.15 1.38 $14.94 $31,080
Oregon 10,590 5.91 1.33 $17.24 $35,860
Maine 3,450 5.79 1.30 $15.75 $32,760
Oklahoma 8,920 5.62 1.27 $14.26 $29,660




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 1,500 4.63 1.04 $19.88 $41,340
District of Columbia 1,640 2.33 0.52 $18.99 $39,500
Massachusetts 16,370 4.73 1.07 $18.74 $38,990
Washington 12,950 4.22 0.95 $18.28 $38,020
Minnesota 9,550 3.40 0.77 $18.06 $37,560





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 21,400 5.07 1.14 $17.46 $36,310
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 21,240 3.22 0.73 $17.13 $35,630
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 13,870 5.71 1.29 $15.74 $32,730
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 13,280 4.53 1.02 $14.66 $30,500
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 12,590 3.46 0.78 $16.37 $34,050
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 12,260 6.34 1.43 $16.34 $33,990
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 11,570 4.53 1.02 $15.48 $32,210
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 9,020 5.00 1.13 $19.44 $40,430
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 7,930 3.19 0.72 $17.65 $36,710
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 7,720 6.86 1.54 $14.73 $30,630