Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

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)
495,970 0.8 % $14.16 $29,450 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.98 $11.57 $13.77 $16.23 $19.21
Annual Wage (2) $20,750 $24,060 $28,650 $33,760 $39,970


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Offices of Physicians 307,690 $14.33 $29,810
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 60,910 $14.82 $30,830
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 53,850 $12.74 $26,490
Outpatient Care Centers 24,330 $14.34 $29,830
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 5,560 $14.83 $30,850

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 540 $22.32 $46,430
Offices of Dentists 2,310 $17.27 $35,920
Scientific Research and Development Services 710 $16.25 $33,810
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,670 $16.23 $33,750
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,700 $15.34 $31,900


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
California 76,290 $14.89 $30,980 5.250
Michigan 20,150 $13.68 $28,460 5.174
Arizona 12,590 $14.46 $30,070 5.078
Florida 35,250 $13.84 $28,780 4.792
Hawaii 2,780 $15.47 $32,180 4.736

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
District of Columbia 1,260 $18.17 $37,790 1.980
Alaska 1,030 $17.50 $36,400 3.339
Massachusetts 12,770 $16.58 $34,490 4.029
Connecticut 6,340 $16.44 $34,200 3.848
Washington 10,650 $15.96 $33,190 3.819


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

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

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
St. George, UT 460 $12.93 $26,890 9.629
Yuba City, CA 360 $13.44 $27,950 9.512
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 1,080 $20.68 $43,010 8.814
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 1,780 $10.44 $21,720 8.098
Muncie, IN 370 $13.09 $27,240 8.035

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 1,080 $20.68 $43,010 8.814
Salinas, CA 980 $19.70 $40,970 6.318
Barnstable Town, MA 370 $19.56 $40,690 3.856
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 3,440 $18.55 $38,580 3.498
Rochester, MN 230 $18.31 $38,090 2.262


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan 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 XLS files.

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.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010

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