Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for medical assistants in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 698,384 medical assistants currently employed in the United States.
  • 89.6% of all medical assistants are women, while 10.4% are men.
  • The average age of an employed medical assistant is 36 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of medical assistants is White (49.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (25.7%), Black or African American (10.2%) and Asian (8.8%).
  • In 2021, women earned 97% of what men earned.
  • 6% of all medical assistants are LGBT.
  • Medical assistants are 89% more likely to work at private companies in comparison to education companies.

Medical Assistant Statistics By Gender

89.6% of medical assistants are women and 10.4% of medical assistants are men.

  • Female, 89.6%
  • Male, 10.4%

Medical Assistants By Gender

GenderPercentages
Female89.6%
Male10.4%

Gender Pay Gap For Medical Assistant

Women Earn 97¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$36,189
female-income
Female Income
$35,068

Medical Assistant Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the medical assistant position over time.

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021

Medical Assistant Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
20106.67%93.33%
20118.50%91.50%
20128.62%91.38%
20139.18%90.82%
20149.23%90.77%
201510.92%89.08%
201611.45%88.55%
201710.59%89.41%
201810.30%89.70%
201911.99%88.01%
202010.40%89.60%
202110.39%89.61%

Medical Assistant Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, delivery technician and donations attendant have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Pathology Transcriptionist3%97%
Radiology Transcriptionist5%95%
Certified Registered Dental Assistant5%95%
Medical Assistant10%90%
Dental Officer79%21%
Donations Attendant81%19%
Delivery Technician88%12%

Medical Assistant Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among medical assistants is White, which makes up 49.4% of all medical assistants. Comparatively, there are 25.7% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 10.2% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

  • White, 49.4%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 25.7%
  • Black or African American, 10.2%
  • Asian, 8.8%
  • Unknown, 4.9%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.0%

Medical Assistant Race

Medical Assistant RacePercentages
White49.4%
Hispanic or Latino25.7%
Black or African American10.2%
Asian8.8%
Unknown4.9%
American Indian and Alaska Native1.0%

Medical Assistant Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among medical assistants.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Medical Assistant Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201055.77%11.01%6.62%22.98%
201155.68%11.27%6.54%22.88%
201254.36%11.97%6.36%23.26%
201355.22%11.56%6.66%23.14%
201455.48%11.06%6.26%23.84%
201554.54%11.67%6.22%24.20%
201653.29%10.20%6.99%25.22%
201753.36%9.89%7.62%25.22%
201852.32%10.41%7.01%26.10%
201954.42%9.72%7.79%23.80%
202052.65%9.87%8.33%23.64%
202149.40%10.16%8.81%25.67%

Medical Assistant Wage Gap By Race

Asian medical assistants have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. White medical assistants have the lowest average salary at $35,764.
$37,000
$36,000
$35,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$36,322
White$35,764
Black or African American$36,152
Asian$36,761
Hispanic or Latino$35,953

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Average Age of a Medical Assistant

We determined the average age of medical assistants based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Medical Assistant Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Black or African American3537
Unknown38.533.5
Asian3035
Hispanic or Latino3132.5
White3337
American Indian and Alaska Native34.5

Medical Assistant Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of medical assistant employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of medical assistants is 40+ years old, which represents 37% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Medical Assistant Age

Medical Assistant YearsPercentages
40+ years37%
30-40 years32%
20-30 years30%

Types of Medical Assistant Degree Levels

The most common degree for medical assistants is associate degree 24% of medical assistants earn that degree. A close second is diploma with 23% and rounding it off is bachelor's degree with 11%.

  • Associate, 24%
  • Diploma, 23%
  • Bachelors, 11%
  • High School Diploma, 9%
  • Other Degrees, 33%

Medical Assistants By Education

Medical Assistant DegreePercentages
Associate24%
Diploma23%
Bachelors11%
High School Diploma9%
Other Degrees33%

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Medical Assistant Wage Gap By Education

Medical assistants with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $39,339 annually. With a Bachelors degree, medical assistants earn a median annual income of $36,579 compared to $36,437 for medical assistants with an Associate degree.
$40,000
$39,000
$38,000
$37,000
$36,000
$35,000
High School Diploma or Less
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Some College/ Associate Degree
EducationSalary
High School Diploma or Less$35,960
Master's Degree$39,339
Bachelor's Degree$36,579
Some College/ Associate Degree$36,437

Medical Assistant Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where medical assistants work. We found most medical assistants work for a private company. In addition, the industry that employs the most medical assistants is the health care industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire medical assistants.

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Medical Assistant Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees6%
50 - 100 employees19%
100 - 500 employees21%
500 - 1,000 employees10%
1,000 - 10,000 employees26%
> 10,000 employees19%

The Types Of Companies Medical Assistant Work In

Employees with the medical assistant job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most medical assistants prefer to work at private companies over education companies.

Education

Public

Private

Government

Medical Assistant Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education5%
Public5%
Private89%
Government2%

Top Industries Hiring Medical Assistants

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ medical assistants. Those industries include health care, professional and education.

Health Care

Professional

Education

Fortune 500

Non Profits

Medical Assistant Turnover And Employment Statistics

Medical Assistant Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of medical assistants changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Medical Assistant Unemployment Rate By Year

YearMedical Assistant Unemployment Rate
20107.44%
20118.37%
20128.18%
20136.70%
20145.35%
20155.12%
20163.45%
20173.55%
20182.71%
20192.49%
20205.04%
20213.86%

The Average Number of Years That Medical Assistant Stay in a Job

By looking over 460,479 medical assistants resumes, we figured out that the average medical assistant enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 32%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Medical Assistant Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year30%
1-2 years32%
3-4 years13%
5-7 years15%
8-10 years5%
11+ years6%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Medical Assistants with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to medical assistants.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Orthodontic Assistant4.40%55,933
Medical Assistant5.81%-
Phlebotomy Program Coordinator7.76%75,445
Transcriptionist8.65%270
Certified Pharmacist Assistant9.41%118,993
Laboratory Animal Caretaker9.55%45,979
Massage Operator13.02%38,389

Medical Assistant LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Orthodontic Assistant4.40%55,933
Phlebotomy Program Coordinator7.76%75,445
Transcriptionist8.65%270
Certified Pharmacist Assistant9.41%118,993
Laboratory Animal Caretaker9.55%45,979
Massage Operator13.02%38,389

Foreign Languages Spoken By Medical Assistants

The most common foreign language among medical assistants is Spanish at 80.7%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 3.0% and Portuguese is the third-most popular at 1.9%.

  • Spanish, 80.7%
  • French, 3.0%
  • Portuguese, 1.9%
  • Russian, 1.5%
  • Arabic, 1.5%
  • Other, 11.4%

Medical Assistant Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish80.7%
French3.0%
Portuguese1.9%
Russian1.5%
Arabic1.5%
Other11.4%

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Medical Assistant Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a medical assistant can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of medical assistants is $41,630. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Medical Assistants Earn The Most?

Medical assistants earn the most in Alaska, where the average medical assistant salary is $46,918. The map here shows where medical assistants earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Which State Has The Most Medical Assistants?

By looking through more than 460,479 resumes, we found that the most popular places for medical assistants are New York, NY and Houston, TX.

Number of Medical Assistants

Number Of Medical Assistant Jobs By State

Where Are Medical Assistants In High Demand?

Medical assistants are in high demand in Seattle, WA. There are currently 346 job openings for medical assistants here. We looked over job openings to determine where in the country medical assistants are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Medical Assistant Demographics FAQs

What Percentage Of Medical Assistants Are Female?

87.4% of medical assistants are female in the United States. This is -1.8 percentage points lower than last year. Additionally, the percentage of female medical assistants has decreased by -5.6 percentage points since 2010. That means there are a total of 598,450 female medical assistants in the U.S. and 86,276 male medical assistants in the United States. Note that Zippia's estimate accounts only for the 684,726 people with the specific job title of medical assistant and doesn't include grouping similar job titles, or people with potentially similar credentialing.

How Many Medical Assistant Are There In The Us?

There are over 698,384 Medical Assistants in the United States.

What Percentage Of Medical Assistants Are Black?

10.2% of Medical Assistants are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Medical Assistants?

Most a are White, with 49.4% of Medical Assistants belonging to this ethnicity. 25.7% of Medical Assistants are Hispanic or Latino, 10.2% of Medical Assistants are Black or African American, 8.8% of Medical Assistants are Asian, 4.9% of Medical Assistants are Unknown, and 1.0% of Medical Assistants are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Medical Assistant Jobs Male - Dominated?

No, Medical Assistant jobs are not male - dominated. 89% of Medical Assistants are female, and 10% are male, so there are more female Medical Assistants than male Medical Assistants in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Medical Assistant?

The average Medical Assistant is 37 years old. 37% of Medical Assistants are 40+ years old or older, 32% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 30% are between 20-30 years old

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