Medical Assistant Salary in 2018

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The Average Salary 

The average salary of medical assistant in US is $31,600.

Not every person working in health care is a  highly-trained physician or a dedicated nurse. If you feel that you could make a valuable contribution to the wellbeing of your fellow citizens, but are either unable or unwilling to undertake the years of training required to become medically qualified, a career as a medical assistant may be the right choice for you and the financial rewards are reasonable.

  • Median Medical Assistant Salary
  • Lowest and Highest Salary
  • Salary Range for Middle 50%

Average

Min

Max

$31,600

Average $31,600

$29,000($14/h)

$34,000 ($16/h)

Average $31,600

Min

Max

$29,000

($14/h)

$34,000

($16/h)

The middle 50% salary range for medical assistants does not take into account the top and bottom 25% of earners. When this data is removed, prospective medical assistants are left with a more accurate picture of the salary range they can expect to earn after working in the field for a year.

The Total Salary Package

Base Salary represents 66% : 

Benefits and bonuses includes : 

Life Insurance

Health Insurance

Vacation

Social Security

Other Perks

Pensions

A monetary value can be ascribed to other benefits which do not necessarily appear in the regular pay packet. Some employers offer advantages like health insurance and pension schemes, life insurance, social security and vacation and sick leave. These can lift the true value of a salary package for a medical assistant to the equivalent of $48,000 a year.

Cities with the highest paying medical assistants

CitiesAnnual Salary
Medical Assistant Salary in Fairbanks,AK$38,407
Medical Assistant Salary in Burbank,CA$38,169
Medical Assistant Salary in Fairfield,CT$38,542

States with the highest paying medical assistants

StatesAnnual Salary
Medical Assistant Salary in Alaska$38,610
Medical Assistant Salary in California$42,145
Medical Assistant Salary in Connecticut$39,018

Factors affecting medical assistant salaries


1. Experience


Although occupational training is not necessary for medical assistants, it is likely that those who can demonstrate industry-specific education or experience will earn more than their untrained or inexperienced associates.


2. Location


Alaska, the District of Colombia, Massachusetts, Washington and Connecticut are the top-paying states for medical assistants, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. You could expect to earn $39,610 in Alaska, and a lower $34,260 in Connecticut. Illinois as a whole is not one of the top-paying states, but the district of Champaign-Urbana tops the list of metropolitan area payments with an annual mean wage of $48,920. Nonmetropolitan employers pay less, and the highest paying  nonmetropolitan area is in Southwest Alaska ($43,610).


3. Industry


Most job opportunities for medical assistants are found in the offices of physicians and in hospitals, although insurance and personal care service companies are the top paying employers.


The Bureau of Labor Statistics has published an Occupational Outlook Handbook for medical assistants. It shows that employment in this field is expected to grow by 29% in the ten years from 2012 to 2022. That means there will be 162,900 extra jobs, a growth rate much faster than the job market as a whole.

Training and Certification Requirements

Many medical assistants improve their employability by obtaining a postsecondary certificate in their chosen field, usually after completing a course accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools. These courses can lead to registration or certification with the American Association of Medical Assistants. However, there are other medical assistants who have only a high school diploma. In this case they learn through on-the-job training and accumulate experience to serve them well in the future.

Typical administrative tasks for a medical assistant include making appointments, maintaining medical records and billing. Clinical tasks may comprise taking down patients’ medical history, preparing them for a medical examination, recording vital signs, and even, with appropriate training, taking blood samples.


As more and more baby-boomers reach their retirement years, the demand for physicians’ offices and outpatient care facilities is increasing. These premises need administrative and auxiliary clinical staff, and medical assistants can look forward to an enduring strong market for their skills and experience.

 

International Medical Assistant Salaries


CountriesAnnual Salary
Medical Assistant Salary in UK£15,784
Medical Assistant Salary in CanadaC$37,833
Medical Assistant Salary in AustraliaAU$50,962

Source:

The average salary of medical assistant in US is $31,600.

What to expect as a medical assistant

Not every person working in health care is a  highly-trained physician or a dedicated nurse. If you feel that you could make a valuable contribution to the wellbeing of your fellow citizens, but are either unable or unwilling to undertake the years of training required to become medically qualified, a career as a medical assistant may be the right choice for you and the financial rewards are reasonable.

Median medical assistant salary

  • $31,600 per year
  • $15 per hour

The salary level at the middle of the range of those reported for medical assistants is $31,600 per year. This is an hourly rate of $15.

Salary range for middle 50% of medical assistants

  • $29,000 – $34,000
  • $14 – $16 per hour

Perhaps a better way to get a grasp of typical medical assistant earnings is to take a look at the middle of the range of salaries for those currently working. Eliminating the top and bottom 25% leaves the more representative midpoint, the middle 50%, producing a salary of $29,000 ($14 per hour) at the bottom of the scale and $34,000 ($16 per hour) at the top.

Lowest and highest medical assistant salary

  • Lowest – $26,600 ($13/hour)
  • Highest – $37,000 ($18/hour)

The bottom and top 10th percentiles of medical assistant salaries are a good indication of starting salaries for newcomers on the one hand, and the earning capacity of experienced professionals on the other. Salaries in the lowest 10th percentile average a moderate $26,600, but the highest 10th percentile of workers in the field can command $37,000, which is almost 40% more. Hourly rates for these percentiles are $13 (lowest) and $18 (highest).

The total salary package for a medical assistant

A monetary value can be ascribed to other benefits which do not necessarily appear in the regular pay packet. Some employers offer advantages like health insurance and pension schemes, life insurance, social security and vacation and sick leave. These can lift the true value of a salary package for a medical assistant to the equivalent of $48,000 a year.

Factors affecting medical assistant salaries

Although occupational training is not necessary for medical assistants, it is likely that those who can demonstrate industry-specific education or experience will earn more than their untrained or inexperienced associates.

Alaska, the District of Colombia, Massachusetts, Washington and Connecticut are the top-paying states for medical assistants, according to the http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes319092.htm“>Bureau of Labor Statistics. You could expect to earn $39,610 in Alaska, and a lower $34,260 in Connecticut. Illinois as a whole is not one of the top-paying states, but the district of Champaign-Urbana tops the list of metropolitan area payments with an annual mean wage of $48,920. Nonmetropolitan employers pay less, and the highest paying  nonmetropolitan area is in Southwest Alaska ($43,610).


Most job opportunities for medical assistants are found in the offices of physicians and in hospitals, although insurance and personal care service companies are the top paying employers.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has published an http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medicalassistants.htm“>Occupational Outlook Handbook for medical assistants. It shows that employment in this field is expected to grow by 29% in the ten years from 2012 to 2022. That means there will be 162,900 extra jobs, a growth rate much faster than the job market as a whole.

Training and certification requirements for medical assistants

Many medical assistants improve their employability by obtaining a postsecondary certificate in their chosen field, usually after completing a course accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools. These courses can lead to registration or certification with the http://www.aamantl.org/index“>American Association of Medical Assistants. However, there are other medical assistants who have only a high school diploma. In this case they learn through on-the-job training and accumulate experience to serve them well in the future.

Typical administrative tasks for a medical assistant include making appointments, maintaining medical records and billing. Clinical tasks may comprise taking down patients’ medical history, preparing them for a medical examination, recording vital signs, and even, with appropriate training, taking blood samples.

As more and more baby-boomers reach their retirement years, the demand for physicians’ offices and outpatient care facilities is increasing. These premises need administrative and auxiliary clinical staff, and medical assistants can look forward to an enduring strong market for their skills and experience.

 

 

 

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