Top Medical Careers
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.
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 , 550 in 2012. Medical assistants make more than nursing aides (5, 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.
|Registered Nurse||$65, 470.00|
|Medical Assistant||$29, 370.00|
|Nursing Aide||$24, 420.00|
|Personal Care Aide||, 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.
The average salary of a medical assistant working in Vallejo, California is $47, 430.
The average salary of a medical assistant working in Fairbanks, Alaska is $42, 520.
The average salary of a medical assistant working in San Francisco is $41, 900.
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