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 EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 47055$19.28/hr$13.52/hr$16.02/hr$19.27/hr$22.60/hr$25.27/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services280$20.12/hr
Education and Health Services9,590$20.33/hr
Public Administration60$22.68/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Southeast Minnesota N/A$20.83/hr27.5%
Rochester MN MSA N/A$21.58/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 60N/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State 80$20.55/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 120$18.79/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 230$19.17/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 250$18.65/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 320$17.81/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 380$17.70/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 430$19.26/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 460$18.95/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 470$19.27/hr18.4%
Southwest Minnesota 610$18.99/hr16.5%
Central Minnesota 690$18.75/hr26.9%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 690$19.75/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 700$19.88/hr3.5%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 6,280$20.68/hr24.4%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 6,740$20.53/hrN/A
Minnesota 9,950$20.35/hr25.3%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Healthcare Support Workers, All Other 1,940$18.48/hr13.6%
Pharmacy Technicians 8,120$18.15/hr10.2%
Phlebotomists 1,610$18.44/hr26.2%
Physical Therapist Assistants 1,590$27.50/hr18.6%

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Schedule appointments for patients.