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Occupational Employment Statistics


31-9092 Medical Assistants

Perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician. Excludes "Physician Assistants" (29-1071).

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 52043$22.96/hr$16.93/hr$19.98/hr$23.63/hr$24.81/hr$29.82/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services530$38.39/hr
Education and Health Services11,140$24.23/hr
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Public Administration90$24.39/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 70$19.97/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 90$22.34/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 160$22.72/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 190$21.47/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 280$22.01/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 340$23.11/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 340$21.74/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 430$23.64/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 460$22.72/hr15.7%
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 470N/AN/A
Northwest Minnesota 520$23.63/hr16.0%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 610$22.61/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 630$22.61/hr14.4%
Central Minnesota 820$23.30/hr15.3%
Rochester MN MSA 1,740$23.37/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 2,030$23.37/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 7,320$25.17/hr15.7%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 7,900$25.08/hrN/A
Minnesota 11,840$24.23/hr16.1%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Pharmacy Technicians 8,050$23.32/hr1.7%
Physician Assistants 3,570$65.03/hr31.4%
Phlebotomists 1,360$20.86/hr15.5%

  • Prepare treatment rooms for patient examinations, keeping the rooms neat and clean.
  • Show patients to examination rooms and prepare them for the physician.
  • Interview patients to obtain medical information and measure their vital signs, weight, and height.
  • Record patients' medical history, vital statistics, or information such as test results in medical records.
  • Set up medical laboratory equipment.
  • Greet and log in patients arriving at office or clinic.
  • Clean and sterilize instruments and dispose of contaminated supplies.
  • Perform general office duties, such as answering telephones, taking dictation, or completing insurance forms.
  • Prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician.
  • Explain treatment procedures, medications, diets, or physicians' instructions to patients.