How Much Do Medical Assistants Make?

medical assistant job descriptionMedical assistants play a key role in treating and managing patients in medical offices, and outpatient clinics. They provide support by handling administrative duties, processing patient samples, and carrying out patient care.

Medical assistants typically work in the offices of chiropractors, physicians, podiatrists and other healthcare professionals. They are responsible for recording and managing sensitive patient care data, and updating records.

There is a need for a keen eye for detail, excellent analytical skills, a detail orientated approach, and good technical and interpersonal skills. A lot of the training is done on the job, with a vast amount of knowledge being gained over years in practice.

Medical Assistant Salary

How much do medical assistants make per annum? The average medical assistant’s salary per annum is $33,610, which is equivalent to $16.16 per hour. This is the median wage recorded by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

what do medical assistants do

Interestingly the lowest 10% of medical assistants earns less than $24,790. This gives us a good idea of a medical assistant starting salary. While the highest 10% earns in excess of $47,250, giving us a good picture of what experience and qualifications can add to a salary.

Some of the factors that have an impact on a medical assistant’s salary include the state they are working in, their level of qualifications, and how many years practice they have. There are not always lots of progression opportunities, so experience counts for a lot.

Most medical assistants work full-time. The hours are usually far from standard, with a lot of medical facilities being open round the clock. So working long shifts, nights, weekends and holidays are not usual.

Top 5 Paying States

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State
Employment per 1000 Jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Alaska Flag
Alaska
4.43
$19.08
$39,680
Massachusetts Flag
Massachusetts
4.85
$18.09
$37,640
Washington Flag
Washington
4.43
$17.24
$35,850
Connecticut Flag
Connecticut
4.21
$17.00
$35,360
California Flag
California
5.37
$16.73
$34,790

Top Paying Industries

Industry
Percent of industry employment
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Scientific Research and Development Services
0.20
$17.63
$36,670
Personal Care Services
$17.32
$36,030
Insurance Carriers
0.02
$16.87
$35,090
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
0.19
$16.69
$34,720
Offices of Dentists
0.43
$16.62
$34,570

Medical Assistant Job Description

medical assistant salarySo, what do medical assistants do? Medical assistants carry out a wide range of administrative duties in the offices of physicians, chiropractors, podiatrists and other health practitioners.

Some of their key duties include:

  • Measuring and recording patient’s vital signs.
  • Taking, recording, and updating patient medical history.
  • Scheduling appointments for patients.
  • Taking and preparing samples for laboratory testing.
  • Administer injections.

Throughout a medical assistants career they will see and experience a wide range of medical issues. There is a need to always be learning and updating their knowledge. So a progressive and adaptive attitude is a desirable asset.

They are responsible for taking and maintaining confidential patient information. Under a medical code of practice they must share and discuss patient data with other medical personnel only.

In hospitals or larger practices, medical assistants can sometimes specialize in one area of practice. Like just administrative work, or clinical work. This is due to the volume of patients, making it financially beneficial to have different assistants to cover different areas of work.

Here are several different areas of expertise medical assistant’s work with:

Administrative medical assistants – Typically fill out insurance forms and handle patients’ medical records. They will take telephone calls, answering administrative questions and scheduling appointments. Some assistants are responsible for maintaining medical supplies and equipment.

Clinical medical assistants – Typically carry out a range of different duties, often depending on the organization or state they are working in. They may be involved in laboratory testing, handling samples, and maintaining medical tools and equipment.

Ophthalmic medical assistants – Typically work with ophthalmologists. Providing care and advice to patients with eye problems. They show patients how to correctly and safely wear contact lenses, as well as advising on proper eye care.

Podiatric medical assistants – Typically work with podiatrists, also known as foot doctors. They roles include making casting of patients’ feet. Taking and developing x rays, and aiding podiatrists with surgical procedures.

Medical Assistants Career Outlook

The job outlook for medical assistants is very positive. There is an expected growth of 29% until 2026. This is much faster than the average for all occupations.

Some of the main factors that contribute to this outlook include the baby-boom population, the ever aging population, and the increase in availability of health care for people.

These are all factors that lead to more demand for health care. Therefore there is a growing number of medical practices, and a need for more medical assistants. The healthcare sector is always growing, something that gives a great deal of job security to medical assistants.

Additional demand is also expected due to a lot of medical assistants changing tasks and working closer with larger medical teams. Along with the roll out of more technological systems in health care practices.

Assistants are responsible for maintain records and using the IT systems. Further strengthening their position within the clinics, hospitals, and medical offices.

Medical Assistant Salary by State

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State
Employment per 1000 Jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Alabama Flag
Alabama
3.658
$12.47
$25,930
Alaska Flag
Alaska
4.431
$19.08
$39,680
Arizona Flag
Arizona
6.48
$15.29
$31,800
Arkansas Flag
Arkansas
2.343
$13.60
$28,280
California Flag
California
5.373
$16.73
$34,790
Colorado flag
Colorado
3.961
$15.83
$32,930
Connecticut Flag
Connecticut
4.205
$17.00
$35,360
Delaware flag
Delaware
4.473
$15.39
$32,010
Florida Flag
Florida
5.318
$14.13
$29,400
Georgia Flag
Georgia
5.337
$14.16
$29,460
Hawaii Flag
Hawaii
4.711
$16.22
$33,730
Idaho Flag
Idaho
4.239
$14.46
$30,070
Illinois Flag
Illinois
3.26
$15.02
$31,230
Indiana Flag
Indiana
4.608
$14.08
$29,290
Iowa Flag
Iowa
3.102
$14.90
$31,000
Kansas Flag
Kansas
3.119
$13.73
$28,550
Kentucky Flag
Kentucky
4.355
$13.46
$27,990
Louisiana Flag
Louisiana
3.525
$12.84
$26,700
Maine Flag
Maine
5.421
$15.10
$31,400
Maryland Flag
Maryland
4.071
$15.65
$32,550
Massachusetts Flag
Massachusetts
4.846
$18.09
$37,640
Michigan Flag
Michigan
5.579
$14.11
$29,350
Minnesota Flag
Minnesota
3.144
$16.36
$34,020
Mississippi Flag
Mississippi
1.978
$13.07
$27,190
Missouri Flag
Missouri
3.545
$13.97
$29,060
Montana Flag
Montana
2.065
$15.03
$31,270
Nebraska Flag
Nebraska
3.557
$14.51
$30,180
Nevada Flag
Nevada
4.651
$15.03
$31,270
New Hampshire Flag
New Hampshire
3.364
$15.75
$32,770
New Jersey Flag
New Jersey
3.948
$15.98
$33,240
New Mexico Flag
New Mexico
5.723
$13.61
$28,320
New York Flag
New York
2.699
$16.13
$33,540
North Carolina Flag
North Carolina
3.546
$14.37
$29,900
North Dakota Flag
North Dakota
1.799
$15.59
$32,420
Ohio Flag
Ohio
4.01
$13.71
$28,520
Oklahoma Flag
Oklahoma
4.899
$13.39
$27,850
Oregon Flag
Oregon
5.57
$16.49
$34,310
Pennsylvania Flag
Pennsylvania
4.22
$14.39
$29,940
Rhode Island Flag
Rhode Island
5.653
$15.87
$33,000
South Carolina Flag
South Carolina
4.463
$13.97
$29,050
South Dakota Flag
South Dakota
2.616
$13.33
$27,720
Tennessee Flag
Tennessee
5.266
$13.97
$29,060
Texas Flag
Texas
4.953
$13.73
$28,550
Utah Flag
Utah
5.784
$14.05
$29,230
Vermont Flag
Vermont
2.413
$16.21
$33,720
Virginia Flag
Virginia
2.927
$14.89
$30,960
Washington Flag
Washington
4.434
$17.24
$35,850
West Virginia Flag
West Virginia
4.809
$12.08
$25,130
Wisconsin Flag
Wisconsin
3.963
$15.48
$32,210
Wyomin Flag
Wyoming
2.315
$14.82
$30,830

Top paying metropolitan areas

Area
Employment per 1000 jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
San Jose / Sunnyvale / Santa Clara, – CA
4.29
$20.76
$43,180
Santa Rosa / Petaluma, – CA
4.59
$20.46
$42,560
San Francisco / San Mateo / Redwood City, – CA – Metropolitan Division
3.82
$19.61
$40,800
Oakland / Fremont / Hayward, – CA – Metropolitan Division
5.28
$19.38
$40,310
Santa Cruz / Watsonville, – CA
6.86
$19.37
$40,300

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas

Area
Employment per 1000 jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Railbelt – Southwest Alaska – nonmetropolitan area
3.83
$20.28
$42,180
Southeast Alaska – nonmetropolitan area
2.64
$19.80
$41,180
North – Central Colorado – nonmetropolitan area
1.26
$19.40
$40,350
North – Central Oregon – nonmetropolitan area
5.48
$17.21
$35,800
Northern Mountains – Region of California – nonmetropolitan area
4.77
$17.19
$35,750

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