Information About Medical Assistants

Training Requirements for Medical Assistants

Medical assistants need postsecondary nondegree award.

Degrees for Medical assistants
Training for Medical Assistants
Percent
Less than High School 2.2
High School 20.9
Some College 41.3
Associates Degree 24.0
Bachelors Degree 9.1
Masters Degree 1.8
Doctorate or Professional Degree 0.7

Employment outlook for Medical Assistants

Represents about 591,000 people in the United States.

Employment prospects are up Over the next 5 years there will be aproximately 138,000 more medical assistants but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 262,000 more.


Hourly Income

On average, medical assistants make $15.79 per hour.

Hourly Income Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Medical assistants $10.99 $12.91 $15.17 $18.16 $21.78
Healthcare support occupations $9.51 $10.91 $13.42 $17.11 $21.93
Other healthcare support occupations $10.69 $12.98 $15.95 $19.37 $23.98
Miscellaneous healthcare support occupations $10.77 $12.98 $15.81 $19.09 $23.44
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, medical assistants make $32,850 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Medical assistants $22,870 $26,860 $31,540 $37,760 $45,310
Healthcare support occupations $19,780 $22,690 $27,910 $35,580 $45,620
Other healthcare support occupations $22,230 $27,010 $33,170 $40,280 $49,890
Miscellaneous healthcare support occupations $22,410 $27,000 $32,880 $39,710 $48,750
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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