Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Best and Worst States for Medical Assistant Pay

Medical assistants work in varied healthcare settings, including physician offices, hospitals, outpatient care centers, offices of other types of healthcare practitioners and assisted living facilities.  As of May 2019,  the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimated that nearly 712,000 medical assistants were employed in the the U.S.  The BLS further estimated that, as of May 2019, the national mean wage for medical assistants was $35,720 per year, which compared to a $53,490 annual mean wage for all occupations in the U.S.  From state-to-state there was considerable variation in medical assistant mean annual wages, with medical assistants in some regions of the country earning 50% or more than their counterparts elsewhere.  Per BLS data of May 2019, the ten states where medical assistants earned the highest annual mean wages were:

Alaska $45,630
Washington $43,760
Massachusetts $41,780
Minnesota $41,710
Connecticut $40,440
California $40,120
Oregon $39,790
Hawaii $39,620
New York $38,590
Colorado $37,410

Bringing up the rear for medical assistant pay were these ten states:

South Carolina $32,470
Oklahoma $31,610
New Mexico $31,570
Kansas $31,450
South Dakota $31,130
Arkansas $30,950
Mississippi $30,690
Louisiana $30,070
Alabama $29,220
West Virginia $28,710

So where does your state rank for medical assistant pay?

Refer to Medical Assistant Average Wages by State for additional information.