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 34064$19.15/hr$12.52/hr$15.89/hr$18.73/hr$22.39/hr$27.42/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services180$19.83/hr
Education and Health Services9,720$19.77/hr
Public Administration90$21.45/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Rochester MN MSA N/A$20.94/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 80$19.06/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 90$20.38/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 160$19.17/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 220$18.59/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 250$18.35/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 280$18.34/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 310$17.62/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 340$18.73/hr18.4%
Southeast Balance of State 430$18.80/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 460$16.46/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 550$17.78/hr16.5%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 760$19.21/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 770$18.46/hr26.9%
Northeast Minnesota 770$19.13/hr3.5%
Southeast Minnesota 1,200$20.31/hr27.5%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 6,250$20.21/hr24.4%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 6,810$20.05/hrN/A
Minnesota 10,010$19.79/hr25.3%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Healthcare Support Workers, All Other 2,080$17.88/hr13.6%
Pharmacy Technicians 8,370$18.00/hr10.2%
Phlebotomists 1,600$18.70/hr26.2%
Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other 1,140$26.30/hr14.9%
Physical Therapist Assistants 1,780$26.99/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.