Medical Assistant Statistics and Facts in the US
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 684,726 medical assistants currently employed in the United States.
- 84.0% of all medical assistants are women, while only 12.1% are men.
- The average age of an employed medical assistant is 37 years old.
- The most common ethnicity of medical assistants is White (50.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (28.4%) and Black or African American (10.4%).
- The majority of medical assistants are located in NY, New York and TX, Houston.
- Medical assistants are paid an average annual salary of $32,314.
- Medical assistants average starting salary is $25,000.
- In 2021, women earned 96% of what men earned.
- The top 10% of highest-paid medical assistants earn as much as $40,000 or more.
- 10% of all medical assistants are LGBT.
- Medical assistants are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies.
Medical Assistant Statistics By Gender
Gender Pay Gap For Medical Assistant
Women Earn 96¢ For Every $1 Earned By Man
Medical Assistant Gender Over Time
This data shows how men and women predominate in the medical assistant position over time.
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.
|Certified Registered Dental Assistant||6%||92%|
Medical Assistant Statistics By Race
The most common ethnicity among medical assistants is White, which makes up 50.2% of all medical assistants. Comparatively, there are 28.4% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 10.4% of the Black or African American ethnicity.
- White, 50.2%
- Hispanic or Latino, 28.4%
- Black or African American, 10.4%
- Asian, 7.3%
- Unknown, 3.0%
- American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.7%
Medical Assistant Race And Ethnicity Over Time
Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among medical assistants.
- Hispanic or Latino
- Black or African American
Medical Assistant Wage Gap By Race
Average Age of a Medical Assistant
We determined the average age of medical assistants based on ethnicity and gender.
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 38% of the population.
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%
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Medical Assistant Wage Gap By Education
Medical Assistant Employment Statistics
This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ medical assistants. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most medical assistants is the health care industry.
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
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 public companies.
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, non profits and professional.
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
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%.
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.
|Certified Registered Dental Assistant||8.63%|
|Occupational Therapy Assistant||18.94%|
|Physical Therapy Technician||19.15%|
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%