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Medical Assistant Salaries in Washington

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:

Washington City
25th Percentile
75th Percentile
Bellingham
$30181
$37898
Bremerton
$29037
$36941
Kennewick
$27019
$35942
Lewiston
$27019
$35942
Longview
$27560
$38002
Vernon
$29182
$37794
Olympia
$30160
$38563
Seattle
$33426
$44304
Spokane
$27414
$35818
Tacoma
$31075
$39021
Wenatchee
$28683
$43389
Yakima
$33072
$37232

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:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bellingham WA
240
33830
Bremerton-Silverdale WA
500
33100
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland WA
540
31180
Lewiston ID-WA
90
31440
Longview WA
190
32780
Mount Vernon-Anacortes WA
290
33410
Olympia WA
430
34540
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro OR-WA
4880
35270
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett WA Metropolitan Division
6320
38540
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue WA
7360
38010
Spokane WA
1190
31730
Tacoma WA Metropolitan Division
1040
34840
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee WA
240
36450
Yakima WA
490
32820
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
220
30300
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
180
33260
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area
360
32380
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area
Estimate not released
31750