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, offices of other types of healthcare practitioners, and assisted living facilities. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimated that, as of May 2021, more than 727,700 medical assistants were employed in the United States. According to BLS data from May 2021, the annual mean wage for medical assistants was $38,190. 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 2021, which shows the following about medical assistant pay in the top 20 metropolitan areas in the U.S.:

Medical Assistant Pay in the Top 20 Metropolitan Areas

Metropolitan Area # Employed Mean Annual Wage
1 New York-Newark-Jersey City 36,500 $42,390
2 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim 30,700 $41,390
3 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin 16,720 $38,910
4 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 19,170 $36,690
5 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 15,660 $36,920
6 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria 12,900 $42,620
7 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington 13,360 $39,450
8 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach 15,310 $37,950
9 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta 15,810 $36,870
10 Boston-Cambridge-Newton 9,640 $45,280
11 Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler 14,480 $38,630
12 San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley 13,670 $54,930
13 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario 9,580 $39,120
14 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn 10,580 $35,970
15 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue 9,720 $50,820
16 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington 6,980 $45,440
17 San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad 8,060 $41,960
18 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater 10,310 $34,780
19 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood 5,100 $41,870
20 Baltimore-Columbia-Towson 6,430 $39,340
National 727,760 $38,190

Report Period:  May 2021
Top 20 U.S. Metro areas from the 2020 Census
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Occupational Statistics
Data extracted on September 26, 2022