Salary for Medical Assistants

Also known as:  Autopsy Assistant, Certified Medical Assistant, Chiropractic Assistant, Clinical Medical Assistant, Morgue Attendant, Ocular Care Aide, Optometric Aide, Optometrist Assistant, Optometry Assistant, Orthopedic Cast Specialist

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Medical assistants perform basic administrative and clinical duties such as answering phones, scheduling appointments, taking vital signs, maintaining medical records, drawing blood, and administering medication as directed by a doctor. A high school diploma or the equivalent and some specialized training are generally required for this position.

A Medical Assistant will normally receive an average pay level somewhere between 16000 and 24000 depending on experience and domain knowledge. Medical Assistants usually receive a salary of Twenty Nine Thousand Eight Hundred dollars on an annual basis.

Medical Assistants have the best average pay in the District of Columbia, where they can get average compensation of approximating $37790. This group of professionals are compensated the highest in Finance and Insurance, where they can receive an average job salary of $34750.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 17.09 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Medical Assistants tend to make the most in the following industries
Manufacturing $34,750
Finance and Insurance $34,110
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $32,680
Transportation and Warehousing $31,520
Educational Services $31,300
Other Services (except Public Administration) $31,020
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Retail Trade $23,140
Public Administration $28,360
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $29,340
Health Care and Social Assistance $29,860
Wholesale Trade $29,910
Management of Companies and Enterprises $30,840
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