As of May 2014, the average pay for a medical assistant was $31,220 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median annual wage was $29,960. The 90th percentile pay was $42,760, while the 10th percentile salary was $21,540.
The average wage of a medical assistant varies by location with certain states paying a wage above the national average. Medical assistants in Alaska, for instance, earned an average of $39,680 per year, while the wages for those employed in Massachusetts, Washington and Connecticut averaged between $35,360 and $37,640.
The average wage in certain metropolitan areas was even higher. Medical assistants in both the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California area and the Santa Rosa-Petaluma, California area earned an average salary in excess of $42,000.