HealthJob is supported by readers. Some of the products featured here are from our partners who compensate us. This may influence which products we write about and where and how the product appears on a page. However, this does not influence our evaluations. Our opinions are our own.

How much do medical assistants make? 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that medical assistants make a mean annual income of $35, 850as of May 2020, which is approximately $17.75 per hour. The lowest 10 percent of medical assistants earned less than $26,930 each year, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $50,580 each year.

A chart showing how much medical assistants make each year in the U.S., $35,850.

Where do medical assistants earn the most? 

Medical assistant salaries can vary greatly depending on location and industry. According to the BLS, the following industries offer the highest wages for medical assistants: 

  1. Junior colleges: $48,720 per year or $23.42 per hour
  2. Insurance agencies and brokerages: $43,910 per year or $21.11 per hour
  3. Outpatient care centers: $42,330 per year or $20.35 per hour
  4. Computer systems design and related services: $41,490 per year or $19.95 per hour
  5. Professional and commercial equipment and supplies merchant wholesalers: $40,870 per year or $19.65 per hour

The average salary for medical assistants differs greatly from state to state. Medical assistant salaries in California, for example, are 28% higher than in Texas, which offers the second-highest salary for medical assistants. The top-paying states for medical assistants are as follows: 

  1. California: $42,990 per year or $20.67 per hour
  2. Texas: $33,700 per year or $16.20 per hour
  3. Florida: $34,800 per year or $17.73 per hour
  4. Pennsylvania: $34,670 per year or $16.67 per hour
  5. Ohio: $34,270 per  year or $16.48 per hour

How to find medical assistant jobs

Facilities such as hospitals and nursing homes employ medial assistants. To find jobs near you, check out HealthJob's medical assistant job board.

How much do medical assistants earn in each state?

The table below compares medical assistant salaries across states and U.S. territories (Source: BLS Occupational Employment and Wages May 2020). You can also find data for the number of medical assistants in each state as well as the number of medical assistants per 1,000 jobs—a figure that can help you determine the job's popularity in a given location. Not all locations have employment statistics.

Medical Assistant Salary
Location
Annual Salary
in location
Employment
In location
Employment per 1,000 jobs
Alaska
$46,000
2500
8.447
Washington
$45,500
15870
4.967
District of Columbia
$45,300
1860
2.711
Minnesota
$43,670
9320
3.440
Massachusetts
$42,290
14160
4.228
Oregon
$41,390
12480
6.907
Hawaii
$39,640
4190
7.295
California
$39,520
95690
5.824
Connecticut
$39,240
8420
5.467
New York
$38,660
25490
2.932
Colorado
$38,460
12010
4.659
Wisconsin
$38,270
13250
4.888
New Hampshire
$38,230
2810
4.543
North Dakota
$37,840
340
0.841
Maine
$37,640
3920
6.822
Maryland
$37,600
12660
5.017
Rhode Island
$37,570
2750
6.217
Iowa
$37,370
5290
3.597
New Jersey
$37,250
17360
4.588
Vermont
$37,050
1130
4.004
Montana
$36,690
1410
3.094
Illinois
$36,560
22030
3.915
Idaho
$36,120
3200
4.455
Arizona
$35,810
19460
6.864
Nevada
$35,740
7190
5.751
Utah
$35,380
7990
5.365
Virginia
$35,270
14330
3.872
Michigan
$35,030
22750
5.797
North Carolina
$34,740
20240
4.720
Indiana
$34,720
16790
5.753
Wyoming
$34,720
870
3.317
Nebraska
$34,430
2710
2.875
Ohio
$34,150
26250
5.109
Pennsylvania
$34,110
27740
5.032
Florida
$34,100
56010
6.635
Delaware
$33,980
2730
6.410
Georgia
$33,490
25820
5.993
Missouri
$33,380
10110
3.757
Tennessee
$32,930
15900
5.474
Texas
$32,840
72640
6.002
Virgin Islands
$32,810
150
4.096
Kentucky
$32,760
10110
5.671
South Carolina
$32,000
11840
5.876
Kansas
$31,570
5510
4.140
South Dakota
$31,350
920
2.232
New Mexico
$31,320
7230
9.203
Oklahoma
$30,750
8960
5.732
Arkansas
$30,600
3580
3.038
Louisiana
$30,390
8060
4.473
Mississippi
$29,890
3670
3.405
West Virginia
$29,370
3280
5.042
Alabama
$29,250
9380
4.926
Guam
$25,450
270
4.161
Puerto Rico
$23,710
490
0.601