These Are The 10 States With The Highest Medical Assistant Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 10 months 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. Iowa
  3. Washington
  4. Wisconsin
  5. Wyoming
  6. Illinois
  7. North Dakota
  8. Arkansas
  9. Nebraska
  10. Indiana

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

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for medical assistants from the 2016 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 $36620, so our index value would be:

$36,620 * (100 / 135.9) = $26,946

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 $37,261 $37,560 100.8
2 Iowa $36,175 $32,920 91.0
3 Washington $36,140 $38,020 105.2
4 Wisconsin $35,888 $34,740 96.8
5 Wyoming $35,588 $32,670 91.8
6 Illinois $34,799 $32,920 94.6
7 North Dakota $34,748 $34,540 99.4
8 Arkansas $34,626 $30,160 87.1
9 Nebraska $34,421 $31,530 91.6
10 Indiana $34,346 $30,740 89.5
11 Michigan $34,258 $30,490 89.0
12 Tennessee $34,116 $30,500 89.4
13 Missouri $33,993 $30,730 90.4
14 Mississippi $33,853 $29,080 85.9
15 Idaho $33,821 $31,150 92.1
16 Georgia $33,730 $30,830 91.4
17 Utah $33,709 $31,350 93.0
18 Arizona $33,642 $32,970 98.0
19 North Carolina $33,503 $31,460 93.9
20 Texas $33,373 $30,270 90.7
21 Kansas $33,259 $29,900 89.9
22 Oklahoma $33,251 $29,660 89.2
23 Colorado $33,246 $34,510 103.8
24 Kentucky $33,038 $29,900 90.5
25 Virginia $32,351 $32,610 100.8
26 Ohio $31,918 $29,940 93.8
27 Nevada $31,674 $32,720 103.3
28 Montana $31,656 $31,910 100.8
29 Florida $31,617 $31,080 98.3
30 Alaska $31,533 $41,340 131.1
31 Delaware $31,193 $31,630 101.4
32 Oregon $31,020 $35,860 115.6
33 Pennsylvania $30,996 $31,430 101.4
34 South Carolina $30,625 $30,380 99.2
35 New Mexico $30,124 $29,070 96.5
36 Alabama $29,912 $27,280 91.2
37 New Hampshire $29,888 $34,970 117.0
38 Vermont $29,653 $35,910 121.1
39 Maine $29,566 $32,760 110.8
40 Massachusetts $29,227 $38,990 133.4
41 New Jersey $28,917 $35,250 121.9
42 Louisiana $28,850 $27,350 94.8
43 Rhode Island $28,525 $34,430 120.7
44 Connecticut $28,261 $36,090 127.7
45 West Virginia $28,062 $26,210 93.4
46 Maryland $27,912 $35,030 125.5
47 South Dakota $27,791 $28,820 103.7
48 New York $27,122 $35,530 131.0
49 California $26,946 $36,620 135.9
50 Hawaii $21,113 $35,450 167.9