Medical assistants

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Total Workforce

518k

Average Age

36.8

Estimated Job Growth

29%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$30,798

Average Male Salary

$41,546

Average Female Salary

$29,701

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Medical assistants and on wages and locations for those in the field. Offices of physicians is the industry that employs the most Medical assistants, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Medical assistants, by average wage, is Employment services. Medical assistants are paid most in Lawrence, Haverhill & Methuen Town Cities PUMA, MA but are relatively concentrated in Jacksonville City PUMA, NC.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$30,798

AVERAGE SALARY

± $774

In 2017, Medical assistants earned an average of $30,798, $21,267 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Furniture finishers make somewhat more than Medical assistants while Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Medical assistants as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.279

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Medical assistants had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.279, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Medical assistants (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Medical assistants.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Medical assistants

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Medical assistants.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Medical assistants, by number of employees, are Offices of physicians, Hospitals, and Outpatient care centers.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Medical assistants, by average wage, are Employment services, Residential care facilities, except skilled nursing facilities, and Other health care services.

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Industries by Share

518k

2017 Workforce

± 17,645

-1.28%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 4.86%

The number of people employed as Medical assistants has been declining at a rate of -1.28%, from 525,085 people in 2016 to 518,369 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Medical assistants employed by various industries. Offices of physicians employs the largest share of Medical assistants at  42.3%, followed by Hospitals with 24.8% and Outpatient care centers with 15.2%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Medical assistants in the US. The average age of male Medical assistants in the workforce is 35.8 and of female Medical assistants is 36.9, and the most common race/ethnicity for Medical assistants is White.

Gender Composition

48k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 5,378

470k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 16,811

90.7% of Medical assistants are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Medical assistants.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Medical assistants

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Other

68.2% of Medical assistants are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 14.1% of Medical assistants, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Medical assistants.

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Age by Gender

35.8

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 1.5

36.9

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.434

The median age of Medical assistants is 36.8, and Male employees are generally 1.08 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Medical assistants from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Medical assistants is Health but a relatively high number of Medical assistants hold a major in Health.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Medical assistants from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Medical assistants need many skills, but most especially Speaking, Reading Comprehension, and Active Listening. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Medical assistants need more than the average amount of Social Perceptiveness, Science, and Speaking.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Medical assistants from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Medical assistants are expected to see a growth of 29% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

29%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Medical assistants. This profession is expected to grow faster than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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