Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2003

31-9092 Medical Assistants

Perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician. Exclude "Physician Assistants" (29-1071).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
376,300 2.7 % $12.08 $25,130 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.37 $9.79 $11.69 $13.82 $16.65
Annual Wage (2) $17,400 $20,370 $24,310 $28,740 $34,630

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Offices of physicians 219,790 $12.17 $25,320
General medical and surgical hospitals 51,430 $12.38 $25,740
Offices of other health practitioners 40,700 $10.82 $22,500
Outpatient care centers 17,090 $12.31 $25,600
Other ambulatory health care services 5,710 $11.72 $24,370

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
State government (OES designation) 2,700 $17.21 $35,790
Scientific research and development services 440 $14.48 $30,120
Professional and similar organizations (7) $14.29 $29,710
Colleges and universities 4,860 $13.46 $28,000
Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals 510 $13.36 $27,790

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Hawaii 3,220 $12.70 $26,410 0.578%
Arizona 10,880 $11.59 $24,110 0.478%
Texas 43,190 $10.06 $20,910 0.467%
California 51,770 $13.83 $28,760 0.358%
Kentucky 6,140 $11.23 $23,370 0.357%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
District of Columbia 880 $15.17 $31,560 0.148%
Connecticut 4,710 $14.82 $30,820 0.289%
Massachusetts 5,540 $14.29 $29,720 0.177%
Alaska 520 $13.87 $28,850 0.179%
California 51,770 $13.83 $28,760 0.358%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Chico-Paradise, CA MSA 740 $12.33 $25,640 1.021%
Muncie, IN MSA 460 $10.35 $21,530 0.904%
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX MSA 1,530 $9.76 $20,300 0.847%
Modesto, CA MSA 1,330 $13.16 $27,380 0.833%
Gainesville, FL MSA 980 $11.19 $23,270 0.815%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Francisco, CA PMSA 2,090 $16.08 $33,440 0.217%
Salinas, CA MSA 490 $15.78 $32,830 0.314%
Hartford, CT MSA 2,010 $15.76 $32,780 0.338%
San Jose, CA PMSA 1,830 $15.61 $32,470 0.214%
San Luis Obispo-Atascadero-Paso Robles, CA MSA 250 $15.18 $31,570 0.251%

About November 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) Estimates not released.

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November 2003 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2003 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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