Medical Assistant Salary

Medical Assistant Salary

At we know that covering the medical assistant salary potential and outlook is vital because nobody wants a job or career that has no upside. Well Certified Medical Assistants are in luck! There is a lot of upside as a working CMA.

Obviously there are some factors that determine how much you will make and when compared to other comparable allied health careers, medical assistants are very competitively compensated. Working with data from, we will cover where you will make the most money and what you can do to maximize your salary potential as a medical assistant.

Overall Medical Assistant Salary Data

National Medical Assistant Salary Data 
Avg. Yearly Salary$14.12 per hour
Avg. Hourly Pay$29,370 per year
Necessary Education LevelCertification Needed
Work Exp. in a Related JobN/A
On-the-job TrainingN/A
Total # of Jobs as of 2012560,800
Total % of Job Growth through 202229%
Total Job Growth through 2022162,900

Where is Medical Assistant Salary the Highest?

State Name# of Employed CMAsCMA Employment per 1k JobsMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary

What Cities Have the Highest Medical Assistant Pay?

City and Surrounding Area NameEmployment #Employment # per 1K jobsAvg. Hourly PayAvg. Yearly Salary
San Jose, CA4,1804.29$20.76$43,180
Santa Rosa, CA8504.59$20.46$42,560
San Francisco, CA4,1503.82$19.61$40,800
Oakland, CA5,4205.28$19.38$40,310
Santa Cruz, CA6106.86$19.37$40,300
Fairbanks, AK1504.3$19.32$40,180
Rochester, MN3503.4$19.12$39,780
Boston, MA9,3305.2$19.02$39,570
Anchorage, AK9005.13$18.58$38,640
Seattle WA5,9303.97$18.25$37,960

Tips to Maximize Your Salary as a Medical Assistant

Attend Accredited Training

Without accredited training you will be behind most of your peers. You will not be paid as much as others if you can even get work since certification can be difficult with out attending accredited training. That being said, educate yourself up to the standards laid out by the AAMA and you will be just fine!

Add Certifications

Getting extra certifications can earn you more money faster than anything else. Your place of employment is always going to be looking for better qualified employees. And remember they will pay for them!

Live in a Higher Paying Region

As mentioned above where you live matters in terms of what you get paid. But the cost of living may not make some places ideal for you. A wage that is a few dollars higher in New York City is not as lucrative as it may seem since the cost of living is so high. Just keep that in mind.
Now that we have shown you how great a career a medical assistant can have we bid you farewell on your quest to become a Certified Medical Assistant and hope your maximize your medical assistant salary potential!!

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