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How Much Does a Medical Assistant Make in New York?

We bring you the average medical assistant salary in New York 2019 and onwards. The data has been derived from different sources to present a holistic review.

As compared to national averages ($17.17 per hour and $35,720 per year), the medical assistant salary in New York figures was significantly higher. Hourly, MAs in the NY state draw $18.56 on average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (March 31, 2020 estimates). The annual salary estimation, as per the same report, was $38,590 (again higher than the national average pay for MAs in the US).

Resource Hourly Salary Annual Salary Date Updated
BLS $18.56 $38,590 March 31, 2020
Indeed $16.51 $38,448 October 31 ,2020 $38,860 $19 October 28, 2020
PayScale $17.27 $41,430 October 12, 2020

The hourly and annual salaries of MAs in New York are charted above with respective dates.

Average Medical Assistant Salaries in New York

According to, the average per hour salary of medical assistants in New York was $17.44, as of 2 May 2020, which is 15% higher than the national average.

In New York, the mean hourly and annual salary of MAs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), as of May 2019, was $18.56 and $38,590, respectively.

Percentile Annual Salary (New York) Annual Salary (National)
10% $28,530 $25,820
25% $32,790 $29,460
50% $37,450 $34,800
75% $44,010 $40,270
90% $50,930 $48,720

Source: BLS

The above table represents that the annual salary of medical assistants in New York was more than the national average wage at different percentiles.

Highest Paying Cities for Medical Assistants in NY

One should also be aware of the top-paying cities in their state. Here is a table listing the cities in NY state that pay the best compensations to medical assistants:

City Per Hour Salary ( Annual Salary (
Manhattan $18.44 $43,031
New York $17.59 $43,568
Brooklyn $17.45 $43,568
Queens $17.20 $43,416
Yonkers $16.75  $41,745
Staten Island $16.72  $40,635
Albany $16.67  $36,644
Bronx $16.56 $43,568

Source: (as of October 31, 2020) and (as of October 28, 2020)

Thus, as you can see above, the city that pays the highest clinical medical assistant salary in New York is Manhattan ($18.44 hourly). New York City and Brooklyn followed next at second and third spots. These 8 highest paying cities in the state render salaries between $18.44 and $16.56 to medical assistants on an hourly basis.

Highest Paying Metropolitan Areas for New York Medical Assistants

Metropolitan Area Mean Annual Wage 10th Percentile Wage 50th Percentile (Median) Wage 90th Percentile Wage
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA $38,940 $28,820 $37,910 $51,050
Ithaca, NY $36,790 $28,360 $36,160 $48,290
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY $34,820 $26,640 $34,150 $45,910
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY $34,620 $27,060 $34,530 $43,160
Elmira, NY $34,170 $27,330 $32,380 $46,080
Glens Falls, NY $34,070 $26,460 $33,270 $42,440
Rochester, NY $34,030 $26,510 $32,810 $44,940
Binghamton, NY $33,230 $26,160 $32,580 $41,300
Syracuse, NY $32,530 $26,210 $31,620 $40,850
Kingston, NY $32,310 $24,950 $31,600 $40,950
Utica-Rome, NY $31,840 $24,810 $31,880 $38,760
Watertown-Fort Drum, NY $29,870 $24,760 $29,280 $37,320

Source: BLS (as of March 31, 2020)

The highest-paying metropolitan area is New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA. The MA salary in New York in this area is $38,940 per year on an average. The other metropolitan areas in NY State pay between $38,940 and $29,870 annually to MAs.

Top 10 Cities/Areas with Highest Employment

New York has the fifth-highest medical assistant employment figure in the USA (BLS report). As per the March 31, 2020 estimates, the state employed 27,730 medical assistants.

Check the table below for the areas employing the highest number of MAs in the state:

Area Number of Employed Medical Assistants
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 35,380
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 1,730
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 1,100
Rochester, NY 770
Syracuse, NY 610
Binghamton, NY 350
Utica-Rome, NY 250
Glens Falls, NY 140
Kingston, NY 100
Watertown-Fort Drum, NY 50
Elmira, NY 40

Source: BLS (as of March 31, 2020)

When it comes to NY state, the main area of New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA is naturally a winner in this realm. The major chunk of MAs is hired by this area (35,380). The rest of the regions employ a significantly lesser number of MAs.

Top 10 Paying Employers for Medical Assistants in New York

MAs in the NY state can pick from a range of healthcare facilities such as clinics, hospitals, and ambulatory emergency services. To maximize earnings, knowing the highest-paying employers in your state is crucial. Review these top 10 paying facilities of NY State and their respective payouts:

Employer Per Hour Salary
Texas Health and Human Services Commission $30.00
Sutter Health $27.32
Duke University $24.55
Jefferson Healthcare $24.16
Virginia Mason Medical Center $22.89
UT Southwestern Medical Center $22.11
Oregon Health Science University $21.50
Medley $21.45
Emory Healthcare $20.45
HealthPartners $20.02

Source: (as of November 1, 2020)

Thus, as outlined in the table, the employer that pays the highest salaries to MAs in NY state is the Texas Health and Human Services Commission ($30 per hour).

Benefits for New York Medical Assistants other than Salaries

Your core compensation may be your key focus. However, there are other benefits apart from your salary that is relevant, to say the least. So what perks can a MA in the NY state expect?

To begin with, MAs earn, on average, a basic salary of $38,860 and a bonus of $42 yearly. These together form the core compensation amount. However, this core compensation is only 67.9% of the total package. The rest is covered across add-on benefits outlined below:

  • Healthcare Perks

    Expect healthcare benefits worth $6,371, i.e., 11.1% of total payments. The services can include health insurance, dental and vision insurances notably, and more.

  • Time Off

    Compensated offs are provided to MAs in the state worth $4,938 on an average in a year. It forms a significant 8.6% of the compensation figure. In the medical assistant scope of practice in New York, work can get strenuously draining. These paid breaks help the MAs cope up.

  • Social Security

    Medical assistants can expect social security benefits worth $2,976, i.e., 5.2% of total compensation. This perk provides security to your family, and you post your retirement.

  • 401K/403B

    The 401K retirement plans are for MAs employed in for-profit healthcare centers. The 403B plans are for MAs employed in not-for-profit facilities. You can expect $1,906 worth of benefits in this realm (3.3% of total compensation).

  • Pension

    The NY State, of course, also renders pensions to medical assistants. It amounts to $1,634 on average, i.e., 2.8% of total compensation.

  • Disability

    Qualifying MAs in the state can expect disability benefits and insurance worth $622, i.e., 1.1% of total compensation.

Thus, all the above perks (core and add-on) constitute an average total compensation figure in the NY State. This, for MAs in the state, stands at $57,350. (Source:, as of October 28, 2020)

Apart from the outlined monetary benefits, your employers may provide yet other support activities. For instance, some facilities permit medical assistants to pick flexible schedules. They may provide relocation assistance if the need may be. Some employers also pay your tuition fees for further career advancements.

Salaries of Similar Professions in New York

Related Professions Average Salary
Medical Office Assistant $16.12 per hour
Medical Scribe $15.87 per hour
Medical Receptionist $15.90 per hour
Back Office Medical Assistant $2,477  per month
Clinical Assistant $16.77 per hour

Source: (as of November 1, 2020)

As per, other similar professionals such as Medical Office Assistants, Medical Scribes, and Receptionists draw salaries from $16.77 to $15.87 per hour in the state.

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

Job Outlook

New York state is amongst the top employers of medical assistants in the USA. Inhabitants of the state are becoming increasingly focused on personal health. With a significant 16.9% of the population falling under the 65 or above aged category, the state demands considerable medical interventions and treatments. As such, this demand for healthcare services, and consequently for MAs, is to only grow in the state. A whopping 34% increase in the number of MA vacancies is predicted in the coming years:

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


Projected Employment


Numeric Change Percentage Change Annual Job Openings
New York 28,580 38,310 9,730 +34% 4,660

Source: Projection Central

Hiring Trends

  • Zippia’s list of the fastest-growing jobs in New York places the medical assistant career amongst the top 50 in the state. Standing at #48th position, MA jobs are predicted to grow by an insane 123.7% (from 2014 to 2024)!
  • NY Department of Labor also took out their list of the fastest-growing occupations wherein medical assisting places at the #14th spot. It is, therefore, well within the top 20 mark (predictions based on the 2008-2018 period).
  • Did you know that by 2014, the USA was witnessing a $3.0 trillion worth of healthcare spending? Healthcare spending in the nation is predicted to increase by 5.8% a year (for the 2015-2025 period). Note: this growth rate is 1.3% faster than the GDP annual growth projections. Consequently, it is estimated that healthcare will contribute to America’s 20.1% share of GDP by 2025. In 2015, one out of every 7 jobs in the country was in the medical services. Thus, a major role is played by healthcare in regulating the country’s economy, and there is an immense promise for those employed in the medical sector.
  • The Department of Labor has a list of ‘jobs in demand today’ by location. The department’s ‘Occupations with the Most Expected Hiring in New York City’ analysis outlines medical assistants as the most demanded professionals in the area.

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.