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The average pay for a Medical Assistant is $19.58 per hour.

The average pay for a Medical Assistant is $43,233 per year.

MEDIAN $43,233

Job Description for Medical Assistant

Most of the time, medical assistants work in doctors’ offices, hospitals, or medical clinics. They prepare treatment rooms to make sure that they are clean. They walk patients from waiting rooms to examination or treatment rooms. They interview patients. They take patients’ vital signs, such as temperature, weight, and blood pressure. They write down other information, such as why the patients come to their facility, their symptoms, and medication that patients are currently taking. They must place all information given by their patients in their medical records.


Medical Assistant Tasks

  • Show patients to examination rooms and prepare them for the physician.
  • May assist with administrative duties including scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding for insurance purposes.
  • Collect, prepare and log blood, tissue or other laboratory specimens.
  • Prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician.
  • Interview and record patients' medical information and measure their vital signs, weight, and height.

Medical Assistant Job Listings

Weill Cornell Medical College Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Medical Assistant in Austin:
Investigate what current MA's are making because I was told completely wrong when I started out.

Medical Assistant in Virginia:
"There Are More Responsibilities That Are Being Passed On."
Being a medical assistant has it flaws I guess depending on where you at will make all the difference. Overall if people would work together where I work at things would be a lot better the Clinicans do not like to get clients signatures that have been seeing. And they expect the Medical Assistant to obtained those signatures for them. There are 2 medical assistants in this office and we have a total of close to 400 charts on our caseload.

Medical Assistant in Sugar Land:
"What Other Employees Were Being Paid."
Entry level medical assistants minimum hourly wage should be at least 12.00 per hour.

Medical Assistant in Tucson:
Always remember to do your best and be a team player and strive to better yourself in all aspects of your job.

Medical Assistant in Everett:
Develope the ability to be flexable and not take criticism personally.

Medical Assistant in San Antonio:
The job really isn't stressful, just making sure everything is in order for the next day. And I found out if you go to school for MRI/CT Tech will start off pay at maybe $30 an hour up to $35 that's pretty good and school isn't that long, but of course you have to start at the bottom. Doing x-rays first, most of all tech's hated that part until they made it to MRI/CT.

Medical Assistant in Fort Worth:
"That You Never Received Raises And You Don't Move Up."
Get into a medical job that shows you what your worth and has opportunities for growth.

Key Stats for Medical Assistant

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 80%
no benefits
None: 20%