Medical Assistant Salary Guide and Career Outlook

In the United States, the medical assistant salary stands at $30,646 per year, while in Australia they get a higher salary, AU$50,962 ($40,516) each year. Professionals from Canada come close to that with C$37,833 ($30,378) per year. While those from New Zealand win about NZ$16.55 per hour, which amounts to around NZ$34,424 ($24,927) per year.

Next on the salary scale comes the United Kingdom, with £15,664 ($21,572) each year. People with the same job living in South Africa get paid about R101,957 ($8,273) per year. While those working in India barely make Rs 282,999 ($4,426) each year for the same job. The salary varies mainly based on what skills are needed to practice in respective countries in addition to the experience of these professionals. Read below to find out what factors influence the expected medical assistant salary and job outlook in these seven countries.

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How Much Does a Medical Assistant Make per Year by Country?

Medical Assistant SalaryUSCanadaUKAustraliaNew ZealandIndiaSouth Africa
Hourly Pay$14.27C$15.85 ($12.73)£8.12 ($11.18)AU$22.80 ($18.13)NZ$16.55 ($11.98)Rs 136.05* ($2.13)R49.01* ($3.98)
Annual Pay$30,646C$37,833 ($30,378)£15,664 ($21,572)AU$50,962 ($40,516)NZ$34,424* ($24,927)Rs 282,999 ($4,426)R101,957 ($8,273)

* These figures were estimated based on the hourly pay, respectively on the annual pay

Medical Assistant Salary Influencing Factors

Payscale.com and BLS had salary data for the countries we present here. Factors that impact pay in this medical profession such as bonuses, commissions, and profit sharing are shared when known. Furthermore, those details will be expanded below.

1. Location

How Much Does a Medical Assistant Make in the US?

Medical Assistant Salary USPer YearPer Hour
Minimum$20,708$10.76
Maximum$44,566$18.41
Bonus$1,992No additional pay
OvertimeNo additional pay$27.93
Total Pay$22,426 to $39,552

How Much Does a Medical Assistant Make in Canada?

Medical Assistant Salary CanadaPer YearPer Hour
MinimumC$23,994C$12.35
MaximumC$58,435C$21.72
BonusC$1,226No additional pay
OvertimeNo additional payC$36.64
Total PayC$25,160 to C$47,970

How Much Does a Medical Assistant Make in the UK?

Medical Assistant Salary UKPer YearPer Hour
Minimum£10,064£7.06
Maximum£24,595£9.92
Bonus£250No additional pay
OvertimeNo additional pay£16.49
Total Pay£12,774 to £21,813

How Much Does a Medical Assistant Make in Australia?

Medical Assistant Salary AustraliaPer YearPer Hour
MinimumAU$43,587AU$19.65
MaximumAU$76,522AU$29.01
BonusAU$1,000No additional pay
OvertimeNo additional payAU$47.62
Total PayAU$41,068 to AU$61,288

How Much Does a Medical Assistant Make in New Zealand?

Medical Assistant Salary New ZealandPer YearPer Hour
MinimumNZ$30,742*NZ$14.78
MaximumNZ$43,430*NZ$20.88
BonusNo additional payNo additional pay
OvertimeNo additional payNZ$25.00
Total PayNZ$30,916 to NZ$46,460

A (*) means that the annual rate was extrapolated with the help of the hourly pay.

How Much Does a Medical Assistant Make in India?

Medical Assistant Salary IndiaPer YearPer Hour
MinimumRs 144,311Rs 69.38*
MaximumRs 802,453Rs 385.794*
BonusRs 99,329Rs 11.34
OvertimeNo additional payNo additional pay
Total PayRs 147,054 to Rs 900,000

The (*) means that the hourly rate was extrapolated from the annual pay.

How Much Does a Medical Assistant Make in South Africa?

Medical Assistant Salary South AfricaPer YearPer Hour
MinimumR42,140R20.25*
MaximumR310,939R149.48*
BonusR4,750No additional pay
OvertimeNo additional payR24.57
Total PayR41,013 to R304,102

A (*) means that the hourly rate was extrapolated from the annual pay.

2. Experience

Experience impacts the medical assistant’s career differently depending on what field they work in. In Australia and India, professionals who have worked for more than 20 years receive significantly more than early-career medical assistants. In Australia, it is 33% higher and in India, it is 39% higher.

Entry-level medical assistants in the United States make about $28,000 per year, while those in their mid-careers win around $31,000 each year. A medical assistant with more than 10 years experience can make even $33,000 in one year. While the salary for those with more than 20 years on the job gets to $35,000 yearly, and keeps rising.

The trend for the Canadian medical assistant’s salary starts from C$32,000 per year to C$37,000 each year for a professional with 5-10 years on the job. A more experienced professional, with 10-20 years in the field can win around C$43,000 per year, the salary flatlines after that, so professionals with more than 20 years worth of experience get the same pay.

It does not take long to become a professional in the field due to the low education required for being a medical assistant and the ability to quickly master the skills needed to adequately perform the job.

3. Industry

All medical assistants work in the healthcare field. Depending on the country, they could work in government-run systems or private systems, hospitals or doctor offices, schools or clinics.

  • Outpatient care centers – $33,560
  • Hospitals; state, local, and private – $32,620
  • Physician offices – $31,710
  • Offices of chiropractors – $28,210

Skills that reflect a higher pay in India are emergency medical services, and in Canada are electronic medical records and medical terminology. While in the United States are obstetrics and internal medicine.

Schedule & Working Hours

Due to the prevalence of overtime wages reported in multiple countries, it is implied that these professionals have to occasionally work extra hours. The majority of medical assistants work full time. Also, if they work in settings like hospitals or clinics they will need to work evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays.

People always need medical care and medical assistants are an integral part of a comprehensive health care team. They need to start working shortly before they begin working with patients to make sure that the records and equipment are ready for the day.

Bonuses & Benefits

Medical assistants are not guaranteed benefits beyond their basic pay. While some employers will contribute life or retirement benefits, this is dependent on company and location. One aspect that is consistent across countries is that medical assistants in the United States will receive more benefits than any other country. That is detailed in the table below.

CountryUnited StatesCanadaUnited KingdomAustraliaNew ZealandIndiaSouth Africa
Medical633024203833
Dental4835128
Vision402397

Career Outlook

This industry is expected to grow 29% by the year 2026 in the United States, that is much faster than the average. The areas in the United States that pay the most are Seattle, New York, District of Columbia, Alaska, Massachusetts, Washington, and Minnesota. Medical assistants increase the efficiency of physicians because they complete tasks so that they can see more patients in a day.

It is worth investing in the education to become a medical assistant. Students should focus on learning electronic health records because this is a valuable job skill in the United States and in Canada.

The areas in the United States that have the most medical assistant jobs are in Florida and Georgia. Florida has five of the top ten areas for medical assistant jobs and Georgia has two of the top ten.

Conclusion

Finally, medical assistants are a valued part of the healthcare team and enjoy a relatively low-stress level for their job. They have very specific tasks and do not need to be creative or design their own workload. The job outlook is globally positive, and significant postsecondary education is not expected. It is an excellent entry job into the medical field. However, most professionals leave this field after 10 years in order to specialize as physicians assistants or nurses.

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