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Florida Medical Assistant Salary and Jobs Data

florida-state-sealThe state of Florida ranks 3rd in the country behind California and Texas for the number employed as medical assistants. Total employment is just over 38,000. This is clearly one of the larger states for medical assistant employment which is not surprising given the growing state population and the number of older retirees in the state.

Hoverer the news is not as good when it comes to the average annual salary. It is $28,600 ranking Florida 37th in the country. However, there are metropolitan areas in the state where the average annual salary is significantly above the state average.

The table below breaks out the employment and salary data for 23 metropolitan areas.

Medical Assistant Salary Data for the State of Florida

Area nameEmploymentHourly mean wageAnnual mean wageHourly median wageAnnual median wage
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL1250$15.03$31,270$15.11$31,440
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin FL210$12.50$26,000$12.21$25,400
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach FL860$15.12$31,440$15.39$32,010
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach FL4080$14.66$30,500$14.34$29,820
Gainesville FL560$12.98$27,000$12.63$26,270
Jacksonville FL2940$13.41$27,880$13.05$27,140
Lakeland-Winter Haven FL810$12.73$26,480$12.25$25,470
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach FL11280$14.03$29,180$13.90$28,910
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall FL4760$12.71$26,430$12.48$25,960
Naples-Marco Island FL500$16.93$35,210$16.70$34,730
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota FL1100$15.45$32,130$15.33$31,890
Ocala FL1030$12.74$26,490$12.60$26,210
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford FL4890$13.79$28,690$13.45$27,980
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville FL1630$12.93$26,900$12.82$26,670
Palm Coast FL80$12.31$25,610$12.14$25,250
Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach FL260$12.53$26,060$12.09$25,150
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent FL1010$12.17$25,320$11.95$24,860
Port St. Lucie FL610$14.20$29,540$13.92$28,960
Punta Gorda FL320$12.99$27,030$12.88$26,780
Sebastian-Vero Beach FL170$15.22$31,660$14.55$30,260
Tallahassee FL630$13.55$28,190$13.45$27,980
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater FL6390$13.71$28,520$13.41$27,900
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach FL2440$15.55$32,350$15.79$32,840
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Looking at employment information first, the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach area has the highest employment of medical assistants. This is followed by the Tampa and Orlando areas in that order.

The Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin area, Sebastian-Vero Beach area and Palm Coast make up the lowest three employment areas.

If you look at the areas of highest average annual salary it is found in the Naples-Marco Island area at $35,210. This is followed by the West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach and North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota areas. While the lowest average annual salary is found in the Pensacola area.

The Naples area while it has the highest average salary only ranks 18th in terms of employment.

If you look at the salary spread across the state there is a significant range. It goes from $35,210 in Naples to $25,320 in Pensacola.

It is important to remember that these numbers are only averages and actual salaries may vary widely in any particular area based on many factors. The type of facility and years of experience are two of the largest determinants of the salary for a specific job.

If you’re looking for a job in Florida remember to present yourself and qualifications in the best light possible. This means taking the time to prepare a good resume and a strong cover letter. These will make or break your chances at getting that job you want. Take the the time and make the effort. It will pay dividends in the future.