Medical Assistant Salaries in Washington, DC

Washington D.C. has consistently earned a reputation as one of the top spots in the nation for healthcare expenditures, personal healthcare spending per capita, and the number of insured residents. So, it comes as no surprise that medical assistants in our nation’s capital enjoy outstanding professional opportunities and some of the highest salaries in the nation.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical assistants in Washington D.C. earned an average, hourly wage of $21.31 as of May 2019 – placing them behind only California’s medical assistants in terms of pay.

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Even more impressive, the top 10% here brought home an average, hourly wage of $27.94, or $58,120 annually. Earn a few years of experience and show a commitment to your profession by earning the CMA designation and you could also be among D.C.’s top earners who enjoy salaries close to $60,000.

According to the D.C. Department of Employment Services, there were 2,080 medical assistants working here in 2019; by 2021, this number is projected to increase to 2,190 – a 5.3% increase in just a few, short years. With no less than 290 annual job openings when you factor in those that will be retiring or moving into other positions, there’s plenty of opportunities to find the perfect place for yourself in this profession.


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US Bureau of Labor Statistics salary figures for medical assistants represents state data not school-specific information.

2019 job growth projections from the D.C. Department of Employment Services are aggregated through the U.S. Department of Labor-Sponsored resource, Projections Central

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Data accessed June 2020.