Monday, February 15, 2021

20 Best Metropolitan Areas for Medical Assistant Pay

In a December commentary we discussed Medical Assistant Pay in the Top 20 Metropolitan Areas.  Without question, U.S. metro areas with the biggest populations employ far more medical assistants than do smaller metropolitan markets. However, medical assistants employed in smaller metro markets frequently realize better compensation levels than do their larger market counterparts. In fact, May 2019 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reveals that only four of the 20 largest metro markets in the U.S. were among the 20 best metropolitan areas for medical assistant pay:

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 1,150 $49,880
2 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward (#) 12,320 $48,920
3 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue (#) 8,570 $47,140
4 Santa Rosa, CA 1,420 $46,550
5 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara 5,100 $46,450
6 Barnstable Town, MA 340 $45,900
7 Anchorage, AK 2,000 $45,110
8 Fairbanks, AK 230 $44,770
9 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 890 $44,380
10 Olympia-Tumwater, WA 600 $43,630
11 Rochester, MN N/A $43,580
12 Boston-Cambridge-Nashua (#) 10,860 $42,560
13 Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade 6,870 $42,330
14 San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 770 $42,320
15 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington (#) 6,740 $42,240
16 Bellingham, WA 390 $42,170
17 Iowa City, IA 470 $42,010
18 Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 490 $41,770
19 Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 210 $41,690
20 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 7,540 $41,670
National 712,430 $35,720

(#) a top 20 U.S metro population area

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