Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
523,260 0.8 % $14.31 $29,760 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.01 $11.71 $13.87 $16.56 $19.32
Annual Wage (2) $20,810 $24,370 $28,860 $34,450 $40,190


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 322,430 13.95 $14.48 $30,110
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 65,640 1.27 $14.79 $30,770
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 53,660 8.06 $12.90 $26,820
Outpatient Care Centers 31,140 5.26 $14.66 $30,490
Other General Merchandise Stores 5,830 0.38 $10.97 $22,810

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 322,430 13.95 $14.48 $30,110
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 53,660 8.06 $12.90 $26,820
Outpatient Care Centers 31,140 5.26 $14.66 $30,490
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 3,300 1.31 $13.81 $28,730
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 65,640 1.27 $14.79 $30,770

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 660 0.27 $18.86 $39,220
Offices of Dentists 2,530 0.31 $17.73 $36,880
Scientific Research and Development Services 620 0.10 $17.09 $35,550
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities (8) (8) $16.43 $34,180
Insurance Carriers 290 0.02 $16.39 $34,080


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 83,000 5.93 1.44 $15.03 $31,260
Texas 48,030 4.76 1.16 $13.39 $27,860
Florida 36,660 5.16 1.25 $13.93 $28,970
Pennsylvania 24,390 4.45 1.08 $14.06 $29,240
Ohio 22,540 4.58 1.11 $13.27 $27,610




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)
California 83,000 5.93 1.44 $15.03 $31,260
Hawaii 3,170 5.55 1.35 $16.38 $34,070
Michigan 20,720 5.52 1.34 $13.62 $28,330
Arizona 13,050 5.51 1.34 $15.02 $31,250
New Mexico 4,260 5.48 1.33 $13.31 $27,680




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 1,110 3.59 0.87 $18.15 $37,750
District of Columbia 1,510 2.36 0.57 $17.69 $36,790
Massachusetts 13,190 4.23 1.03 $16.83 $35,010
Connecticut 5,940 3.72 0.90 $16.48 $34,290
Hawaii 3,170 5.55 1.35 $16.38 $34,070

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 24,150 6.33 1.54 $14.63 $30,430
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 12,710 2.55 0.62 $15.72 $32,690
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 11,180 3.16 0.77 $15.22 $31,670
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 11,040 4.42 1.07 $14.46 $30,080
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 8,990 5.34 1.30 $15.42 $32,070
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 8,950 4.47 1.09 $14.74 $30,660
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 8,770 4.86 1.18 $15.31 $31,850
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 8,540 3.88 0.94 $14.42 $29,990
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 7,730 5.63 1.37 $15.15 $31,510
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 7,640 6.16 1.50 $15.18 $31,570




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)
Yuba City, CA 380 10.34 2.51 $13.64 $28,380
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 2,140 9.72 2.36 $10.38 $21,590
Rome, GA 320 9.03 2.19 $13.14 $27,320
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 1,660 8.77 2.13 $13.68 $28,450
St. George, UT 400 8.76 2.13 $12.74 $26,490
Redding, CA 520 8.65 2.10 $13.21 $27,480
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 1,010 8.62 2.09 $18.32 $38,100
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 710 8.57 2.08 $17.51 $36,420
Merced, CA 490 8.53 2.07 $11.73 $24,410
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 1,110 8.49 2.06 $13.76 $28,620