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Medical Assistant Salary and Jobs Data for Michigan

Michigan State SealFor anyone looking for a medical assistant’s job in the state of Michigan, here is some employment and salary information that might surprise you. First, Michigan ranks 6th in the country for employment of medical assistants. That’s quite good. But it only ranks 35th in the country for average annual salary for medical assistants.

Employment across the state is just over 21,800 according to the latest information available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Its average annual salary across the state is $28,410. These numbers however, don’t tell the whole story.


The table below breaks out the state data for 17 metropolitan areas and for four nonmetropolitan areas in the state.

Medical Assistant Salary Information for Michigan

Area nameEmploymentHourly mean wageAnnual mean wageHourly median wageAnnual median wage
Ann Arbor, MI890$14.30$29,750$13.84$28,780
Battle Creek MI340$13.69$28,480$13.30$27,660
Bay City MI150$12.44$25,870$12.22$25,410
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn MI Metropolitan Division3820$13.38$27,820$13.33$27,730
Detroit-Warren-Livonia MI10620$13.62$28,320$13.39$27,850
Flint MI890$14.55$30,270$13.75$28,600
Grand Rapids-Wyoming MI1970$14.23$29,600$13.73$28,550
Holland-Grand Haven MI230$14.60$30,360$13.85$28,810
Jackson MI290$15.62$32,500$15.13$31,480
Kalamazoo-Portage MI1110$13.55$28,180$13.41$27,890
Lansing-East Lansing MI850$13.92$28,960$13.44$27,960
Monroe MI180$12.45$25,900$11.87$24,700
Muskegon-Norton Shores MI430$13.59$28,270$13.35$27,770
Niles-Benton Harbor MI220$13.71$28,510$13.04$27,120
Saginaw-Saginaw Township North MI660$12.68$26,380$12.45$25,890
South Bend-Mishawaka IN-MI630$13.92$28,960$13.85$28,800
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills MI Metropolitan Division6810$13.75$28,610$13.43$27,930
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area510$11.89$24,720$11.52$23,950
Northeast Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area320$11.93$24,820$11.41$23,730
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area710$14.95$31,090$13.58$28,240
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area1400$12.70$26,410$12.60$26,210
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Looking first at employment, the Detroit-Warren-Livonia area has the highest employment of medical assistants at just over 10,600. The Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills area is second with 6800 jobs. Given the way the data is grouped, there is some minor overlap in the area included.

At the low end of employment levels is Monroe with about 180 employed and Bay City with about 150.

When you look at average annual salary data there are some interesting things to note. First the city with the highest average salaries is Jackson. But Jackson ranked among some of the lowest cities for the level of employment. Average salary in Jackson is $32,500.

Second, the Detroit-Warren-Livonia area which had the highest employment level ranks only 12th in the state for average salary. This area has an average salary of$28,320. The second highest salary level is found outside of any metropolitan area. It is the northwest lower peninsula of Michigan with a salary average of $31,090.

The lowest average salaries in metropolitan areas can be found In Monroe and Bay City. Outside of the metropolitan areas the lowest salaries in the state are in the Northeast lower peninsula and the upper peninsula of the state.

While most of the jobs are located in the larger metropolitan areas this shows that if you want the highest salaries in the state, the job opportunities in the smaller cities might be a better choice.

Keep in mind that all these numbers are estimates and pay for any one particular job may vary considerably from these. There are so many factors that will influence the actual salary that is offered for a job.