How Much Do Medical Assistants Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Medical Assistants

Medical Assistants perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$36930 per year
Hourly wage
$18 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$26,930 to $30,360 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$13 to $15 per hour

Entry-level Medical Assistants with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $26,930 to $30,360 per year or $13 to $15 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Medical Assistants to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $24 $50,580
Senior (Top 25%) $20 $41,280
Middle (Mid 50%) $17 $35,850
Junior (Bottom 25%) $15 $30,360
No experience (Bottom 10%) $13 $26,930

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
AK $22 $46,610
WA $22 $45,700
DC $22 $45,340
MA $21 $43,090
MN $21 $43,090
CA $21 $42,990
OR $20 $41,700
CT $20 $41,070
HI $19 $40,530
NY $19 $39,850

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Medical Assistant is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like AK doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at AK might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Medical Assistants are in the states of AK, WA, DC, MA and MN.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Junior Colleges $48720 $23.42
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities $43910 $21.11
Outpatient Care Centers $42330 $20.35
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $41490 $19.95
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $40870 $19.65
Offices of Dentists $40140 $19.30
Insurance Carriers $39960 $19.21
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $39750 $19.11
Scientific Research and Development Services $39620 $19.05
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $39320 $18.90
Management of Companies and Enterprises $39040 $18.77
Local Government $38790 $18.65
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services $38700 $18.60
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories $38420 $18.47
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $38200 $18.37
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services $38040 $18.29
Specialty Hospitals $37580 $18.07
Employment Services $37240 $17.90
Office Administrative Services $37200 $17.88
Personal Care Services $37140 $17.85
Offices of Physicians $36580 $17.59
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services $36480 $17.54
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $36300 $17.45
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals $35910 $17.26
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $35870 $17.24
State Government $35480 $17.06
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing $35400 $17.02
Health and Personal Care Stores $34830 $16.74
Individual and Family Services $34780 $16.72
Grantmaking and Giving Services $34710 $16.69

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