Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Medical Assistant Pay in the Top 20 Metropolitan Areas

More than half of medical assistants in the U.S. work in physician offices, but large numbers are also found working in hospitals, outpatient care centers, the offices of other types of healthcare practitioners, and assisted living facilities. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimated that, as of May 2019, more than 712,000 medical assistants were employed in the United States. According to BLS data from May 2019, the annual mean wage for medical assistants was $35,720, in comparison to a $53,490 annual mean wage for the average worker in all occupations in the USA. From region-to-region there was wide variation in medical assistant mean annual wages, with medical assistants in some regions of the country earning 50% or more than their counterparts elsewhere. This variation is readily visible in BLS data from May 2019, which shows the following about medical assistant pay in the top 20 metropolitan areas in the U.S.:

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 New York-Newark-Jersey City 35,380 $38,940
2 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim 32,040 $38,300
3 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin 17,500 $37,550
4 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 19,560 $34,160
5 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 14,710 $34,290
6 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria 11,790 $41,040
7 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach 16,530 $36,040
8 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington 15,360 $35,310
9 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta 16,410 $35,060
10 Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler 12,770 $34,580
11 Boston-Cambridge-Newton 10,860 $42,560
12 San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley 12,320 $48,920
13 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario 9,550 $34,920
14 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn 11,360 $34,420
15 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue 8,570 $47,140
16 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington 6,740 $42,240
17 San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad 8,130 $39,810
18 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater 9,350 $32,660
19 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood 6,330 $38,680
20 St. Louis 5,890 $34,040
National 712,430 $35,720

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on November 28, 2020