Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
646,320 0.7 % $16.15 $33,580 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.46 $13.26 $15.61 $18.43 $22.07
Annual Wage (2) $23,830 $27,580 $32,480 $38,340 $45,900


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 373,620 14.67 $16.14 $33,570
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 91,740 1.67 $16.75 $34,850
Outpatient Care Centers 58,700 6.67 $16.95 $35,260
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 55,950 6.39 $14.79 $30,770
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 11,910 1.30 $13.37 $27,800

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 373,620 14.67 $16.14 $33,570
Outpatient Care Centers 58,700 6.67 $16.95 $35,260
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 55,950 6.39 $14.79 $30,770
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 91,740 1.67 $16.75 $34,850
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 11,910 1.30 $13.37 $27,800

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Junior Colleges 70 0.01 $19.51 $40,580
Rental and Leasing Services (5322, 5323, and 5324 only) (8) (8) $19.10 $39,720
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 130 0.01 $18.54 $38,560
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 3,300 1.24 $18.15 $37,740
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 7,310 0.24 $17.96 $37,360


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 89,910 5.39 1.19 $17.61 $36,630
Texas 58,090 4.89 1.08 $14.85 $30,880
Florida 54,220 6.44 1.42 $15.37 $31,980
Pennsylvania 28,260 4.89 1.08 $15.38 $31,980
New York 25,140 2.73 0.60 $17.41 $36,220




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 5,880 7.34 1.62 $14.42 $30,000
Maine 3,900 6.52 1.44 $16.35 $34,020
Arizona 17,510 6.48 1.43 $15.79 $32,840
Florida 54,220 6.44 1.42 $15.37 $31,980
Oregon 11,430 6.24 1.38 $17.78 $36,990




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 1,610 5.07 1.12 $20.22 $42,060
District of Columbia 1,760 2.49 0.55 $19.50 $40,570
Washington 13,500 4.24 0.93 $19.09 $39,700
Massachusetts 13,030 3.69 0.81 $18.90 $39,310
Minnesota 10,730 3.78 0.83 $18.78 $39,050



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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 23,390 5.28 1.16 $17.31 $36,010
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 22,700 3.39 0.75 $17.43 $36,250
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 13,680 5.49 1.21 $15.62 $32,480
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 13,670 4.67 1.03 $15.11 $31,420
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 12,290 6.21 1.37 $16.14 $33,570
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 12,120 3.31 0.73 $17.41 $36,210
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 11,990 4.58 1.01 $16.30 $33,900
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 9,360 5.79 1.28 $17.50 $36,390
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 8,790 3.49 0.77 $18.10 $37,640
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 8,600 5.99 1.32 $14.92 $31,040


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Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rochester, MN 1,770 15.43 3.40 $20.05 $41,710
Grants Pass, OR 290 11.69 2.58 $16.17 $33,630
Gainesville, GA 980 11.63 2.57 $15.62 $32,480
Ocala, FL 1,040 10.41 2.30 $14.31 $29,760
Gadsden, AL 360 10.23 2.26 $12.99 $27,010
Albuquerque, NM 3,790 9.94 2.19 $14.64 $30,450
Medford, OR 820 9.73 2.15 $17.64 $36,680
Punta Gorda, FL 440 9.53 2.10 $14.93 $31,060
Redding, CA 610 9.47 2.09 $16.52