Medical assistants

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Total Workforce
591k
Average Age
36.6
Average Salary
$32,842
Average Male Salary
$40,472
Average Female Salary
$32,012

About

Medical assistants are most often employed by the Offices of physicians industry. The average yearly wage for Medical assistants was $32,842 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Medical assistants by wage are Psychiatric technicians, Recreational therapists, and Disc jockeys, except radio.

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 Scientific research & development services. Medical assistants are paid most in I-94 Corridor PUMA, MI but are relatively concentrated in Jacksonville City PUMA, NC.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$32,842
AVERAGE SALARY
± $767

In 2019, Medical assistants earned an average of $32,842, $22,682 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Psychiatric technicians make somewhat more than Medical assistants while Disc jockeys, except radio 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

0.274
WAGE GINI

In 2019, Medical assistants had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.274, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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

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Industries by Share

591k
2019 Workforce
± 18,832
6.32%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 4.31%

The number of people employed as Medical assistants has been growing at a rate of 6.32%, from 555,549 people in 2018 to 590,678 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Medical assistants employed by various industries. Offices of physicians employs the largest share of Medical assistants at  40.5%, followed by General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals with 24% and Outpatient care centers with 15.1%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Medical assistants in the US. The average age of male Medical assistants in the workforce is 34.8 and of female Medical assistants is 36.8, and the most common race/ethnicity for Medical assistants is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

57.9k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 5,909
533k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 17,888

90.2% 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 (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

48.9% of Medical assistants are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 19% of Medical assistants, White (Hispanic) 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

34.8
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.27
36.8
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.405

The median age of Medical assistants is 36.6, and Male employees are generally 2.01 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 Biology.

Majors

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