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The BLS reports that the median wage for a medical assistant was $29,370 in 2012, up slightly from the prior year. The best-paid 10 percent of medical assistants made $41,570, while the bottom 10 percent made approximately $21,080. Physicians’ offices or hospitals pay the highest wages. By location, the highest-paid positions are in the metropolitan areas of Vallejo, Calif., Fairbanks, Alaska and San Francisco.
 

Job Salary Year
2004 $25,250.00
2006 $27,070.00
2008 $29,120.00
2010 $29,760.00
2012 $30,550.00

Average Medical Assistant Pay vs. All Health Care Jobs

Despite a growing industry and gains in average pay, medical assistants remain near the bottom of the salary heap compared with other health care jobs, with a mean salary of $30,550 in 2012. Medical assistants make more than nursing aides ($25,620) and personal care aides ($20,830), but medical secretaries earn slightly higher salaries, at $32,670, and registered nurses make considerably more, at $67,930.

Job Name Salary
Registered Nurse $65,470.00
Paramedic $31,020.00
Medical Assistant $29,370.00
Nursing Aide $24,420.00
Personal Care Aide $19,910.00

Best Paying Cities for Medical Assistants

The highest paid in the medical assistant profession work in the metropolitan areas of Vallejo, California, Fairbanks, Alaska, and San Francisco. The Santa Rosa, California area also pays well, as does the city of Danbury, Connecticut.

Vallejo, California

Average Salary: $47,430 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a medical assistant working in Vallejo, California is $47,430, which is $18,060 more than the average pay in the profession.

Fairbanks, Alaska

Average Salary: $42,520 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a medical assistant working in Fairbanks, Alaska is $42,520, which is $13,150 more than the average pay in the profession.

San Francisco

Average Salary: $41,900 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a medical assistant working in San Francisco is $41,900, which is $12,530 more than the average pay in the profession.

Santa Rosa, California

Average Salary: $39,830 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a medical assistant working in Santa Rosa, California is $39,830, which is $10,460 more than the average pay in the profession.

Danbury, Connecticut

Average Salary: $39,430 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a medical assistant working in Danbury, Connecticut is $39,430, which is $10,060 more than the average pay in the profession.

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