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Medical Assistant Salaries in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) recently named medical assisting one of the fastest growing occupations through 2014. Future projections for this occupation are similarly optimistic. The EOLWD expects the number of medical assistants employed in the state to increase from 13,756 in 2012 to 16,307 by 2022, reflecting an 18.54% employment growth rate.

In May 2013, the EOLWD reported that there were 14,190 medical assistants employed throughout Massachusetts. These professionals earned an average annual salary of 37,460 and a median annual salary of $35,700. Less experienced medical assistants in entry-level jobs received a lower-end average salary of $29,220, while those in more experienced positions achieved a higher-end average salary of $41,580.

In that same year, non-salaried medical assistants earned an average hourly wage of $18.01 and a median hourly wage of $17.16. Less experienced medical assistants in entry-level jobs received a lower-end average wage of $14.05/hr, while those in more experienced positions achieved a higher-end average wage of $19.99/hr.

Medical Assistant Salaries in Massachusetts by Industry and Location

Medical assistants work in several key industries in Massachusetts. However, some industries offer higher average salaries than others. In 2013, the EOLWD found the top five industries of employment for medical assistants offered the following average salaries:

  • Educational Services: $47,870/yr.
  • Hospitals: $41,080/yr.
  • Health Care and Social Assistance: $37,350/yr.
  • Ambulatory Health Care Services: $35,120/yr.
  • Educational Services: $34,740/yr.

Medical assistants provide crucial health care support services to both rural and urban communities throughout Massachusetts. However, some areas of the state offer higher average salaries than others. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the medical assistant salaries by location in 2013 were as follows:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Barnstable Town MA
370
36680
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA-NH
10880
38410
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA NECTA Division
8240
39570
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton MA NECTA Division
290
36100
Framingham MA NECTA Division
520
37110
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury MA-NH NECTA Division
290
35390
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem MA-NH NECTA Division
200
31640
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner MA
230
37800
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford MA-NH NECTA Division
460
35460
Nashua NH-MA NECTA Division
400
31400
New Bedford MA
310
30320
Peabody MA NECTA Division
400
35160
Pittsfield MA
180
31900
Providence-Fall River-Warwick RI-MA
2660
32090
Springfield MA-CT
1300
34240
Taunton-Norton-Raynham MA NECTA Division
80
31890
Worcester MA-CT
1080
34460
Southwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area
30
30050
Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area
150
30380
North Central Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area
50
35630