Salary for Medical Assistants

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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 helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

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 can expect a wage between $26,930 - $50,580 based on the level of experience. will normally get average salaries of thirty-six thousand nine hundred and thirty dollars on an annual basis.

are compensated most highly in Alaska, where they earn average wages of about $46,610. People working these jobs have the highest average potential salary in Wholesale Trade, where they can get pay of $40,920.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 45.20 percent nationwide in that time.


Medical Assistants tend to make the most in the following industries:

Wholesale Trade
Finance and Insurance
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Educational Services

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Retail Trade
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Health Care and Social Assistance
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Public Administration