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

Among medical assistants, 84.0% of them are women compared to 12.1% which are men.

Job Title
  • Female, 84.0%
  • Male, 12.1%
  • Unknown, 3.9%
Job Title
GenderascdescPercentagesascdesc
Female
Female
84.0%
84.0%
Male
Male
12.1%
12.1%
Unknown
Unknown
3.9%
3.9%

Gender Pay Gap For Medical Assistant

Women Earn 96¢ For Every $1 Earned By Man

male-income
Male Income
$34,918
female-income
Female Income
$33,670

Medical Assistant Gender Over Time

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

Male
Female
17%
14%
11%
9%
6%
3%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
YearascdescMaleascdescFemaleascdesc
2008
2008
8.84%
8.84%
91.16%
91.16%
2009
2009
8.69%
8.69%
91.31%
91.31%
2010
2010
9.28%
9.28%
90.72%
90.72%
2011
2011
10.21%
10.21%
89.79%
89.79%
2012
2012
10.64%
10.64%
89.36%
89.36%
2013
2013
10.57%
10.57%
89.43%
89.43%
2014
2014
11.05%
11.05%
88.95%
88.95%
2015
2015
11.66%
11.66%
88.34%
88.34%
2016
2016
12.19%
12.19%
87.81%
87.81%
2017
2017
12.47%
12.47%
87.53%
87.53%
2018
2018
12.01%
12.01%
87.99%
87.99%

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.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Pathology Transcriptionist5%92%
Certified Registered Dental Assistant6%92%
Radiology Transcriptionist7%90%
Medical Assistant12%84%
Masseur70%24%
Donations Attendant74%20%
Delivery Technician84%13%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Delivery Technician
Donations Attendant
Masseur
Medical Assistant
Radiology Transcriptionist
Certified Registered Dental Assistant
Pathology Transcriptionist
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

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.

Job Title
  • 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%
Job Title
Medical Assistant RaceascdescPercentagesascdesc
White
White
50.2%
50.2%
Hispanic or Latino
Hispanic or Latino
28.4%
28.4%
Black or African American
Black or African American
10.4%
10.4%
Asian
Asian
7.3%
7.3%
Unknown
Unknown
3.0%
3.0%
American Indian and Alaska Native
American Indian and Alaska Native
0.7%
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.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American
YearascdescWhiteascdescBlack or African AmericanascdescAsianascdescHispanic or Latinoascdesc
2010
2010
53.63%
53.63%
11.01%
11.01%
6.96%
6.96%
25.30%
25.30%
2011
2011
53.54%
53.54%
11.26%
11.26%
6.88%
6.88%
25.20%
25.20%
2012
2012
52.22%
52.22%
11.97%
11.97%
6.70%
6.70%
25.59%
25.59%
2013
2013
53.08%
53.08%
11.55%
11.55%
6.99%
6.99%
25.46%
25.46%
2014
2014
53.34%
53.34%
11.05%
11.05%
6.59%
6.59%
26.16%
26.16%
2015
2015
52.40%
52.40%
11.66%
11.66%
6.56%
6.56%
26.52%
26.52%
2016
2016
51.15%
51.15%
10.20%
10.20%
7.33%
7.33%
27.54%
27.54%
2017
2017
51.22%
51.22%
9.89%
9.89%
7.96%
7.96%
27.54%
27.54%
2018
2018
50.18%
50.18%
10.40%
10.40%
7.35%
7.35%
28.42%
28.42%

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 $33,992.
$35,000
$34,000
$33,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
Ethnicityascdesc
Salaryascdesc
Unknown$34,476
White$33,992
Black or African American$34,098
Asian$34,625
Hispanic or Latino$34,280

Average Age of a Medical Assistant

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

Male
Female
RaceascdescMale AgeascdescFemale Ageascdesc
Black or African American
Black or African American
35
35
38
38
Unknown
Unknown
32
32
Asian
Asian
31
31
34
34
Hispanic or Latino
Hispanic or Latino
34
34
32
32
White
White
34
34
37
37
American Indian and Alaska Native
American Indian and Alaska Native
35
35

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.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years


Medical Assistant YearsascdescPercentagesascdesc
20-30 years
20-30 years
31%
31%
30-40 years
30-40 years
30%
30%
40+ years
40+ years
38%
38%

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%.

Job Title
  • Associate, 24%
  • Diploma, 23%
  • Bachelors, 11%
  • High School Diploma, 9%
  • Other Degrees, 33%
Job Title
Medical Assistant DegreeascdescPercentagesascdesc
Associate
Associate
24%
24%
Diploma
Diploma
23%
23%
Bachelors
Bachelors
11%
11%
High School Diploma
High School Diploma
9%
9%
Other Degrees
Other Degrees
33%
33%

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Medical Assistant Wage Gap By Education

Medical assistants with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $41,262 annually. With a Associate degree, medical assistants earn a median annual income of $33,832 compared to $33,670 for medical assistants with an High School Diploma degree.
$42,000
$40,000
$38,000
$36,000
$34,000
$32,000
High School Diploma or Less
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Some College/ Associate Degree
Educationascdesc
Salaryascdesc
High School Diploma or Less$33,670
Master's Degree$41,262
Bachelor's Degree$33,590
Some College/ Associate Degree$33,832

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.

Company Size

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

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Company SizeascdescPercentagesascdesc
< 50 employees
< 50 employees
5%
5%
50 - 100 employees
50 - 100 employees
2%
2%
100 - 500 employees
100 - 500 employees
13%
13%
500 - 1,000 employees
500 - 1,000 employees
19%
19%
1,000 - 10,000 employees
1,000 - 10,000 employees
45%
45%
> 10,000 employees
> 10,000 employees
16%
16%

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.

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Education

Public

Private

Government

Company TypeascdescPercentagesascdesc
Education
Education
7%
7%
Public
Public
7%
7%
Private
Private
83%
83%
Government
Government
3%
3%

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.

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Health Care

Non Profits

Professional

Fortune 500

Hospitality

IndustryascdescPercentagesascdesc
Health Care
Health Care
71%
71%
Non Profits
Non Profits
7%
7%
Professional
Professional
6%
6%
Fortune 500
Fortune 500
4%
4%
Hospitality
Hospitality
2%
2%
Retail
Retail
2%
2%
Education
Education
2%
2%
Pharmaceutical
Pharmaceutical
1%
1%
Manufacturing
Manufacturing
1%
1%
Government
Government
1%
1%
Internet
Internet
1%
1%
Start-up
Start-up
1%
1%
Technology
Technology
1%
1%
Insurance
Insurance
1%
1%

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
YearascdescMedical Assistant Unemployment Rateascdesc
2010
2010
7.44%
7.44%
2011
2011
8.37%
8.37%
2012
2012
8.18%
8.18%
2013
2013
6.70%
6.70%
2014
2014
5.35%
5.35%
2015
2015
5.12%
5.12%
2016
2016
3.45%
3.45%
2017
2017
3.55%
3.55%
2018
2018
2.71%
2.71%

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%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years


Number or YearsascdescPercentagesascdesc
Less than 1 year
Less than 1 year
30%
30%
1-2 years
1-2 years
32%
32%
3-4 years
3-4 years
13%
13%
5-7 years
5-7 years
15%
15%
8-10 years
8-10 years
5%
5%
11+ years
11+ years
6%
6%

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.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Certified Registered Dental Assistant8.63%
Medical Assistant9.55%
Emeritus9.76%
Occupational Therapy Assistant18.94%
Physical Therapy Technician19.15%
Massage Operator29.59%

ProfessionascdescPercentages of LGBT ascdesc
Certified Registered Dental Assistant
Certified Registered Dental Assistant
8.63%
8.63%
Emeritus
Emeritus
9.76%
9.76%
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Occupational Therapy Assistant
18.94%
18.94%
Physical Therapy Technician
Physical Therapy Technician
19.15%
19.15%
Massage Operator
Massage Operator
29.59%
29.59%

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%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 80.7%
  • French, 3.0%
  • Portuguese, 1.9%
  • Russian, 1.5%
  • Arabic, 1.5%
  • Other, 11.4%
Job Title
Foreign LanguageascdescPercentagesascdesc
Spanish
Spanish
80.7%
80.7%
French
French
3.0%
3.0%
Portuguese
Portuguese
1.9%
1.9%
Russian
Russian
1.5%
1.5%
Arabic
Arabic
1.5%
1.5%
Other
Other
11.4%
11.4%

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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 $33,433. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Medical Assistants Earn The Most?

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

Where Are Medical Assistants Located?

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

Number of Medical Assistants

Where Are Medical Assistants In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country medical assistants are in the most demand.

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