The 10 States With The Highest Medical Assistant Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 3 days ago

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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do medical assistants get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for medical assistants by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for medical assistants by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for medical assistants after this adjustment? That would be Medical Assistants.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Minnesota
  2. Washington
  3. Iowa
  4. Illinois
  5. Nebraska
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Wyoming
  8. North Dakota
  9. Michigan
  10. Idaho

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for medical assistants from the 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $38250, so our index value would be:

$38,250 * (100 / 135.9) = $28,145

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for medical assistants.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

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Detailed List Of Medical Assistant Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Minnesota $40,000 $40,320 100.8
2 Washington $39,296 $41,340 105.2
3 Iowa $38,450 $34,990 91.0
4 Illinois $37,959 $35,910 94.6
5 Nebraska $37,849 $34,670 91.6
6 Wisconsin $37,613 $36,410 96.8
7 Wyoming $36,851 $33,830 91.8
8 North Dakota $36,780 $36,560 99.4
9 Michigan $36,561 $32,540 89.0
10 Idaho $36,416 $33,540 92.1
11 Indiana $36,402 $32,580 89.5
12 Tennessee $36,208 $32,370 89.4
13 Missouri $35,685 $32,260 90.4
14 Utah $35,483 $33,000 93.0
15 Mississippi $35,471 $30,470 85.9
16 Kentucky $35,248 $31,900 90.5
17 Georgia $35,076 $32,060 91.4
18 Kansas $34,927 $31,400 89.9
19 Colorado $34,855 $36,180 103.8
20 North Carolina $34,834 $32,710 93.9
21 Texas $34,818 $31,580 90.7
22 Arkansas $34,810 $30,320 87.1
23 Virginia $34,732 $35,010 100.8
24 Oklahoma $34,708 $30,960 89.2
25 Alaska $34,698 $45,490 131.1
26 Montana $34,246 $34,520 100.8
27 Arizona $34,091 $33,410 98.0
28 Ohio $34,008 $31,900 93.8
29 Florida $33,438 $32,870 98.3
30 Oregon $33,096 $38,260 115.6
31 Delaware $32,889 $33,350 101.4
32 Nevada $32,536 $33,610 103.3
33 South Carolina $32,379 $32,120 99.2
34 Pennsylvania $32,317 $32,770 101.4
35 New Mexico $31,865 $30,750 96.5
36 Maine $31,732 $35,160 110.8
37 New Hampshire $31,393 $36,730 117.0
38 Alabama $31,206 $28,460 91.2
39 Vermont $31,164 $37,740 121.1
40 Louisiana $30,316 $28,740 94.8
41 Massachusetts $30,187 $40,270 133.4
42 West Virginia $30,149 $28,160 93.4
43 Connecticut $30,031 $38,350 127.7
44 Rhode Island $29,685 $35,830 120.7
45 New Jersey $29,401 $35,840 121.9
46 Maryland $28,964 $36,350 125.5
47 South Dakota $28,823 $29,890 103.7
48 New York $28,671 $37,560 131.0
49 California $28,145 $38,250 135.9
50 Hawaii $22,656 $38,040 167.9
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