Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
601,240 0.8 % $15.34 $31,910 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.60 $12.54 $14.71 $17.69 $21.10
Annual Wage (2) $22,040 $26,080 $30,590 $36,800 $43,880


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 356,000 14.19 $15.37 $31,960
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 87,630 1.66 $15.93 $33,140
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 56,340 7.00 $13.85 $28,810
Outpatient Care Centers 43,160 5.85 $16.13 $33,550
Employment Services 8,040 0.22 $15.40 $32,040

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 356,000 14.19 $15.37 $31,960
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 56,340 7.00 $13.85 $28,810
Outpatient Care Centers 43,160 5.85 $16.13 $33,550
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 87,630 1.66 $15.93 $33,140
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 3,170 1.24 $15.35 $31,930

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 80 (7) $18.97 $39,460
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,000 0.16 $17.67 $36,750
Insurance Carriers 190 0.02 $17.64 $36,690
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 6,020 0.20 $17.32 $36,020
Offices of Dentists 3,610 0.40 $17.17 $35,710


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 82,830 5.35 1.23 $17.04 $35,440
Texas 57,180 4.94 1.13 $14.03 $29,180
Florida 46,320 5.84 1.34 $14.51 $30,170
Pennsylvania 26,490 4.64 1.06 $14.71 $30,590
New York 23,970 2.67 0.61 $16.48 $34,280



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)
Arizona 16,890 6.53 1.50 $15.51 $32,260
Rhode Island 2,900 6.16 1.41 $16.21 $33,730
New Mexico 4,840 6.07 1.39 $13.84 $28,790
Florida 46,320 5.84 1.34 $14.51 $30,170
Michigan 22,790 5.50 1.26 $14.38 $29,900



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 1,490 2.20 0.51 $19.13 $39,780
Alaska 1,460 4.45 1.02 $18.65 $38,800
Massachusetts 16,470 4.85 1.11 $18.31 $38,090
Washington 12,880 4.32 0.99 $17.50 $36,400
Minnesota 8,730 3.15 0.72 $17.40 $36,200




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 22,830 5.56 1.28 $16.39 $34,100
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 19,930 3.08 0.71 $16.53 $34,380
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 14,370 4.91 1.13 $14.11 $29,340
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 12,260 5.26 1.21 $15.39 $32,010
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 11,960 6.38 1.46 $15.90 $33,070
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 11,410 4.60 1.05 $15.06 $31,330
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 10,990 3.08 0.71 $15.86 $32,980
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 9,350 5.31 1.22 $19.09 $39,700
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 8,010 6.11 1.40 $14.57 $30,310
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 7,170 4.70 1.08 $16.89 $35,120