The table below lists down a medical assistant’s salary in the District of Columbia according to BLS and 3 more popular sources for 2021.
|Resource||Hourly Salary||Annual Salary||Date Updated|
|BLS||$21.41||$44,530||March 31, 2020|
|Indeed||$19.26||$44,850||February 14, 2021|
|ZipRecruiter||$15||$31,419||February 7, 2021|
|Salary.com||$19||$40,496||January 29, 2021|
The salary reported by BLS for medical assistants in DC is higher than the national average. The salary data differences from various sources can be because of the sample size, employer, experience, and location. Analyzing the table above, it can be said that MAs in the state make between $15-$22 per hour and between $31,000 to $45,000 annually.
|Percentile||Annual Salary (District of Columbia)||Annual Salary (National)|
Source: BLS (as of March 31, 2020)
The above table reveals that the annual salary of medical assistants in DC is higher than the national average at all percentiles, by a significant amount.
The following table shows the only metropolitan area of DC, the employment of medical assistants there, and different percentiles of annual salaries earned by them.
|Metropolitan Area||Number of Employed Medical Assistants||Mean Annual Wage||10th Percentile Wage||50th Percentile (Median) Wage||90th Percentile Wage|
|Burlington-South Burlington, Washington DC||650||$35,670||$27,300||$35,230||$46,150|
Source: BLS (as of March 31, 2020)
Burlington-South Burlington is the only metropolitan area in DC, and it employed 650 medical assistants working at various healthcare facilities. The 90th percentile wage is about 70% higher than the 10th percentile wage, which indicates the growth you can expect as a medical assistant in Washington DC.
A medical assistant’s pay in the District of Columbia while working for the top 10 employers is given in the table below.
|Employer||Per Hour Salary|
|NYU Langone Health||$20.64|
|Massachusetts General Hospital||$18.15|
|Family Health Centers of San Diego||$17.47|
|Maxim Healthcare Group||$17.43|
|Action Urgent Care||$17.42|
Source: Indeed.com (as of February 14, 2021)
The top 3 employers of medical assistants in the top 10 table above pay more than $20 an hour, which means you should look into them first. But even if you want to look elsewhere, the next 3 employers on the list pay between $18 and $20 an hour. The remaining employers paid an hourly wage between $17 and $18 an hour to their MAs.
How much do medical assistants make in the District of Columbia, including the non-monetary benefits? Their salary of $40,542 a year amounts to 68.2% of the total compensation, which is $59,548. The remaining 31.8% ($18,956), which is received by them as perks and benefits, is divided as follows:
Healthcare is one of the biggest contributors to a medical assistant’s benefits in DC, contributing 10.7% ($6,371) to the total yearly compensation.
8.6% of the total remuneration of medical assistants in DC is the monetary value of their time off, which amounts to about $5,146.
Employers of medical assistants in DC contribute about $3,101 to the social security payments of their employees in a year. It is about 5.2% of the total yearly compensation.
It is a retirement fund that receives about $1,987 a year from healthcare employers to help their medical assistants in DC after retirement. It is about 3.3% of the annual remuneration.
This fund also helps medical assistants in DC after their retirement. It receives about $1,703 every year from employers, making up 2.9% of the total compensation.
This is one of the funds that help partially replace a medical assistant’s income in case of permanent disability, leaving them unable to work. It receives about $649 every year, making up 1.1% of the entire remuneration.
(Source: salary.com, as of January 29, 2021)
How much do certified medical assistants make in the District of Columbia compared to those without certification? The following table answers that, while comparing the salary to other similar professions in the healthcare industry, as per indeed.com.
|Related Professions||Average Hourly Salary|
|Certified Medical Assistant||$20.04|
|Medical Office Assistant||$18.43|
Source: indeed.com (as of February 14, 2021)
The Certified Medical Assistants of DC earned about $0.80 an hour more than standard medical assistants. The top spot is taken by Dermatology Assistants, who earn almost 50% more than medical assistants. Other professions in this list paid between $16 and $19 an hour.
The table below presents the average annual salary of professions similar to medical assistance, according to salary.com.
|Related Professions||Average Yearly Salary|
|Physician Assistant- Specialty||$131,651|
|Physician Assistant- Medical||$121,219|
|Medical Billing Specialist||$46,840|
|Medical Librarian Assistant||$42,315|
Source: salary.com (as of January 29, 2021)
While Physician Assistants took the top 2 spots in salary.com’s list of similar professions, it should be pointed out that they start working after a master’s degree, which has its complications, hence the high salary. Out of the remaining professions, 2 paid more than medical assistants were Medical Billing Specialists and Medical Secretaries, and the remaining 2 paid less. These professions could also be your consideration for your career.
Your medical assistant certification in the District of Columbia can be from any of the following colleges, and it will give you an edge when you apply for a job. Even after you start working, you’ll be happy to know that a certified medical assistant’s salary in District of Columbia is better, with a greater prospect.
The table below shows the projections made by Projections Central in 2017 for the 2018-2028 period regarding medical assistant employment in DC. With average annual openings of 290, you are sure to find a great job in no time and also have more options for the future. The growth rate of 19% is just short of 22.5%, which is the national average, but given the size of DC, it is still massive.
|Estimated Employment and Projected Growth (Medical Assistants)|
|Projected Area||Base Year Employment
|Numeric Change||Percentage Change||Annual Job Openings|
Source: U.S. Department of Labor-Sponsored resource, Projections Central (2018-2028 report)
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.