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How Much Does a Medical Assistant Make in Indiana?

The medical assistant salary in Indiana in 2020 is about $16.37 an hour and $34,050 a year, as reported by BLS on March 31, 2020. The same data from indeed,, and Ziprecruiter is also mentioned in the table below.

Resource Hourly Salary Annual Salary Date Updated
BLS $16.37 $34,050 March 31, 2020
Indeed $14.87 $34,398 November 21, 2020
Ziprecruiter $15 $30,746 November 12, 2020 $17 $35,384 October 28, 2020

Average Medical Assistant Salaries in Indiana

As per the data of, the mean hourly pay of medical assistants in Indiana was $15.23 as of July 21, 2020, which was the same as the national average.

In Indiana, the average per hour and yearly salary of a medical assistant, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of May 2019), was $16.37 and $34,050, respectively.

Percentile Annual Salary (Indiana) Annual Salary (National)
10% $26,720 $25,820
25% $29,550 $29,460
50% $33,880 $34,800
75% $38,280 $40,270
90% $42,020 $48,720

Source: BLS (as of May 2019)

The above table shows that the annual salary of medical assistants in IN was higher than the national average wage at 10th and 25th percentiles, and was lower at 50th, 75th, and 90th percentiles.

Highest Paying Cities for Medical Assistants in IN

City Per Hour Salary ( Per Hour Salary (
Indianapolis $16.20 $17
Southbend $15.67 $17
Lafayette $15.60 $16
Greenwood $15.54 $17
Noblesville $14.59 $16
Muncie $14.08 $16
Evansville $14.08 $17
Fort Wayne $13.99 $16

Source: (as of November 21, 2020) and (as of October 28, 2020)

When it comes to medical assistant pay in Indiana, the top city comes out to be Indianapolis paying $16.20 an hour according to Indeed and $17 according to

Highest Paying Metropolitan Areas for Indiana Medical Assistants

Indianapolis is the top city, but how much do medical assistants make in Indiana’s top metropolitan areas? Let’s find out.

Metropolitan Area Mean Annual Wage 10th Percentile Wage 50th Percentile (Median) Wage 90th Percentile Wage
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI $37,550 $27,040 $36,360 $50,070
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN $35,720 $28,490 $35,720 $43,600
Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN $35,500 $28,080 $35,400 $44,650
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN $35,100 $27,290 $34,870 $44,640
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN $34,780 $25,850 $34,830 $45,060
Muncie, IN $34,680 $24,970 $31,020 $49,910
Evansville, IN-KY $34,220 $26,100 $34,360 $42,200
Bloomington, IN $33,940 $25,850 $32,050 $43,280
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI $33,880 $27,100 $33,730 $41,740
Michigan City-La Porte, IN $33,570 $25,240 $33,900 $41,740
Terre Haute, IN $33,090 $25,350 $31,220 $44,130
Elkhart-Goshen, IN $32,690 $25,440 $33,010 $39,900
Kokomo, IN $32,660 $26,350 $31,500 $40,900
Fort Wayne, IN $32,590 $26,110 $31,980 $40,250
Columbus, IN $31,680 $26,660 $30,670 $39,930

Source: BLS (as of March 31, 2020)

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin (IL-IN-WI) is the metropolitan area in and around Indiana that pays the highest to its medical assistants with a $37,550 annual median pay. Other areas paid from $35,720-$31,680 a year.

Top 10 Cities/Areas with Highest Employment in IN

Metropolitan Area Number of Employed Medical Assistants
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 17,500
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 5,480
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 4,910
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 3,440
Fort Wayne, IN 1,620
Evansville, IN-KY 1,060
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 840
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 490
Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN 450
Terre Haute, IN 410
Bloomington, IN 260
Muncie, IN 230
Michigan City-La Porte, IN 220
Columbus, IN 190
Kokomo, IN 70

Source: BLS (as of March 31, 2020)

With medical assistant jobs in Indiana increasing at a rate of 2,180 jobs a year, the number of employed professionals remained highest in the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin (IL-IN-WI) metropolitan area with 17,500 employed. Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson stood at second with 5,480 employed.

Top 10 Paying Employers for Medical Assistants in Indiana

Employer Per Hour Salary
Sutter Health $27.27
Jefferson Healthcare $24.18
UT Southwestern Medical Center $23.89
Virginia Mason Medical Center $23.34
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System $21.52
Oregon Health & Science University $21.50
HealthPartners $20.92
Emory Healthcare $20.45
SSM Health $19.78
Alaska Heart and Vascular Institute $19.46

Source: (as of November 21, 2020)

When it comes to the top employers for medical assistants in Indiana, Sutter health took the top spot like many other states paying $27.27 to its medical assistants. Jefferson Healthcare was second with $24.18 an hour, and UT Southwestern Medical Center was third, paying $23.89 hourly.

Benefits for Indiana Medical Assistants other than Salaries

There are many benefits and perks, apart from the salary, to working as a medical assistant in Indiana. These benefits constitute 32.9% of the total compensation, which is $52,789 a year for medical assistants in Indiana. The monetary value of these benefits comes to about $17,366 a year, and salary+bonus is $35,423 annually.

  • Healthcare

    There are many advantages of working in healthcare, but this is the biggest of them all. 12.1% of your total remuneration will be your employer’s contribution to your healthcare plan, which is about $6,371 a year.

  • Time Off

    The number of days you don’t work is also a benefit that has some monetary value. In the case of medical assistants in Indiana, that value is $4,496/year, or 8.5% of the entire compensation.

  • Social Security

    Employers of medical assistants in Indiana pay for the social security contributions of their employees with about $2,710 a year, making up about 5.1% of their total remuneration.

  • 401K/403B

    It is one of the retirement plans exclusive to the USA, and employers of Indiana’s medical assistants pay towards this fund with $1,736 a year. This amount is about 3.3% of the entire remuneration received.

  • Pension

    The pension fund of medical assistants in Indiana will be taken care of by their employees with a contribution of about $1,488 a year, which is about 2.8% of their total compensation.

  • Disability

    In the unfortunate incident in which a professional is disabled, this fund partially replaces their income. It is contributed by the employers for $567 yearly, making up 1.1% of their entire remuneration.

    (Source: as of October 28, 2020)

Salaries of Similar Professions in Indiana

Related Professions Average Hourly Salary
Back-Office Medical Assistant $16.02
Clinical Assistant $14.03
Medical Office Assistant $13.89
Medical Receptionist $13.32
Medical Scribe $13.09

Source: (as of November 21, 2020)

Compared to an MA’s salary in Indiana, Back-Office Medical Assistants earned the highest when it comes to similar professions. They earned $16.02, followed by Clinical Assistants earning $14.03 an hour. Other professions like Medical Office Assistants, Medical Receptionists, and Medical Scribes made between $13.09-$13.89.

Related Professions Average Annual Salary
Physician Assistant- Specialty $114,991
Physician Assistant- Medical $105,912
Medical Billing Specialist $40,913
Medical Secretary $40,556
Medical Librarian Assistant $36,972

Source: (as of October 28, 2020)

The above table shows that Physician Assistants made a lot compared to other similar professions at $114,991/year (Specialty) and $105,912 (Medical). Other jobs paid between $40,913 and $36,972.

Projected Employment and Hiring Trends for IN Medical Assistants (2018-2028)

Job Outlook

When it comes to a medical assistant’s scope of practice in Indiana, it is safe to say that it keeps changing and evolving with time. Certifications also have a huge role to play even when medical assistant certification in Indiana is not a necessity. It is also true that the certified medical assistant salary in Indiana is better than someone working without certification. Credentials also help in getting a better job and making a well-planned career with higher increments and promotions. Here are the certifications recognized not only in IN but also nationally:

  1. Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) credential from the American Medical Technologists (AMT)
  2. Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) credential from the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA)

It is evident from the table below that the amount of medical assistants employed in Indiana is considerably high, and this number (15,150) is estimated to increase further at a rate of 21.9% to have 18,470 jobs by 2028. There will be 2,180 jobs created every year as per Projections Central, a US Department of Labor sponsored resource.

Estimated Employment and Projected Growth (Medical Assistants)
Projected Area Base Year Employment


Projected Employment


Numeric Change Percentage Change Annual Job Openings


15,150 18,470 3,320 +21.9% 2,180

Source: U.S. Department of Labor-Sponsored resource, Projections Central (2018-2028 report)

Hiring Trends

  • Medical assistance stood at 39th spot in the list of fastest-growing professions in Indiana, according to Zippia, as of May 17, 2019. It was projected to grow at a rate of 120.6%, with an average income of $30,740 a year with 16,440 jobs in 2024.
  • According to’s 2016-2026 report, medical assistance was the 14th fastest-growing profession in Indiana, with a projected growth of 28% until 2026. It was also featured in the same report at 47th rank in the list of jobs with most openings, projected to be 16,240 in 2026 from 12,650 in 2016.
  • Medical assistants are in very high demand in Indiana, with 5 stars that are given to only 30 profiles in the state, according to The site also reported that candidates with specific skills are more in demand by employers than others. Basic Cardiac Life Support Certification, electronic medical records, blood pressure checking, administrative functions, x-rays, patient/family education and instruction, and front office are some of the booster skills sought by most employers in Indiana. MA job seekers possessing BLS certification have high chances of earning more money.
  • Hoosier Data’s report had medical and social assistance as the industry with most job ads posted, which means that this industry’s jobs are very high in demand in Indiana. It had a total of 4,017 job ads posted in the third quarter of 2020, which was more than any other industry.

Written by : Casey Gardner

Casey Gardner is both a healthcare support professional and an accomplished content creator.  She has been working as a certified health care professional with marketable skills as a physician assistant,  and a qualified medical assistant for last two decades. She has dedicated her nursing career to produce over hundreds of content pieces since 2001, and her work has been published both online as well as offline.