Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
673,660 0.7 % $16.61 $34,540 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.92 $13.65 $16.16 $18.84 $22.72
Annual Wage (2) $24,790 $28,400 $33,610 $39,190 $47,250


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 389,160 15.02 $16.50 $34,320
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 97,600 1.76 $17.34 $36,070
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 57,680 6.34 $15.22 $31,650
Outpatient Care Centers 57,240 6.21 $17.95 $37,340
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 13,050 1.40 $13.81 $28,720

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 389,160 15.02 $16.50 $34,320
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 57,680 6.34 $15.22 $31,650
Outpatient Care Centers 57,240 6.21 $17.95 $37,340
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 97,600 1.76 $17.34 $36,070
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 13,050 1.40 $13.81 $28,720

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Junior Colleges 60 0.01 $21.00 $43,670
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 130 0.01 $19.52 $40,610
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries (8) (8) $19.09 $39,710
Insurance Carriers 270 0.02 $19.00 $39,530
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 2,990 1.10 $18.36 $38,190


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 92,960 5.47 1.17 $18.39 $38,250
Texas 59,930 4.95 1.06 $15.18 $31,580
Florida 55,330 6.43 1.38 $15.80 $32,870
Pennsylvania 27,590 4.72 1.01 $15.75 $32,770
New York 26,080 2.78 0.60 $18.06 $37,560




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 5,960 7.34 1.58 $14.79 $30,750
Maine 4,180 6.90 1.48 $16.90 $35,160
Oregon 12,960 6.87 1.48 $18.39 $38,260
Arizona 18,250 6.54 1.41 $16.06 $33,410
Florida 55,330 6.43 1.38 $15.80 $32,870




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 1,820 5.78 1.24 $21.87 $45,490
District of Columbia 1,970 2.77 0.59 $20.20 $42,010
Washington 14,450 4.43 0.95 $19.88 $41,340
Minnesota 10,010 3.49 0.75 $19.38 $40,320
Massachusetts 13,710 3.84 0.82 $19.36 $40,270





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 33,330 3.51 0.75 $18.13 $37,720
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 33,280 5.44 1.17 $17.75 $36,920
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 19,360 5.42 1.17 $16.12 $33,530
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 18,620 4.01 0.86 $17.59 $36,590
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 16,540 6.39 1.37 $16.62 $34,570
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 14,520 5.41 1.16 $16.16 $33,620
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 14,440 5.07 1.09 $16.58 $34,480
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 13,260 4.45 0.96 $15.58 $32,400
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 12,990 6.32 1.36 $16.39 $34,090
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 11,960 4.94 1.06 $21.94 $45,640