The 2014 average medical assistant salary in Washington was $35,872. Medical assistants in the 75th salary percentile earned $40,456 a year on average. Those in the 25th percentile averaged $30,784 a year according to the state’s Employment Security Department.
Medical assistant salaries in Washington varied substantially from city to city. Those employed in the Seattle area had the highest average annual salaries in 2014 according to the state’s Employment Security Department:
An average of 2012 and 2013 employment levels indicated that 14,043 medical assistants were employed in Washington. Forty-five percent of them were in the Seattle area. The next largest center of medical assistant employment was in the Spokane area with 8.5%. The Tacoma area was third with 7.4% of these professionals.
The rate of annual medical assistant job growth is projected to be 2.4% a year in Washington for the five year period ending in 2017, according to the state’s Employment Security Department.
There is expected to be an average of 356 annual job openings for medical assistants in the state due to growth in the field. More than one third of these jobs will be in the Seattle-King County area.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics also provides a detailed analysis of 2013 medical assisting salaries throughout Washington: