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Medical Assistant Earnings

The median annual wage for medical assistants was $29,960 in May 2014. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $21,540, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $42,760.

In May 2014, the median annual wages for medical assistants in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

  • Outpatient care centers: $31,100
  • Hospitals; state, local, and private: 31,050
  • Offices of physicians: 30,160
  • Offices of other health practitioners: 27,250

Most medical assistants work full time. Some work evenings or weekends to cover shifts in medical facilities that are always open.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition

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