It’s good to be a medical assistant in Alaska, for both earning potential and professional opportunities.
According to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Alaska’s healthcare industry is now considered one of the state’s largest and fastest growing industries – and the job stats reflect this. As of 2019, there were 1,760 medical assistants working in the state. By 2021, this number is projected to grow to 1,810 – an increase of nearly 3% in just a few, short years.
Alaska’s medical assistants earned an average hourly wage of $21.55, or an annual salary of $44,820 in 2019, putting them among some of the highest paid in the nation. Earn a few years of experience and the CMA designation and you’ll likely find that your paycheck up there among the state’s top MAs, who enjoy an average hourly wage of $28.25, or an annual salary of $58,750.
Average Hourly Wages for Medical Assistants in Alaska’s Metro Areas
As expected, Alaska’s largest metro area of Anchorage came out on top in terms of the number of medical assistants working there. While both Fairbanks and Anchorage medical assistants earned similar wages at the median level, the top earners were in Anchorage, by a small margin.
The BLS reported the following average, hourly wage range (median – top 10%) for medical assistants in Alaska’s largest metro areas:
- Anchorage: $21.49 – $28.25 (approximately 2,000 medical assistants)
- Fairbanks: $21.15 – $27.70 (approximately 230 medical assistants)
Average Salaries for Medical Assistants in Alaska’s Metro Areas
The following BLS stats provide a glimpse into what medical assistants in the median – top 10% salary range are earning in Alaska’s largest metro areas:
- Anchorage: $44,690 – $58,760
- Fairbanks: $43,980 – $57,610
Salary and employment data compiled by the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics in May of 2019. Figures represent accumulated data for all employment sectors in which medical assistants work. BLS salary data represents average and median earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries.
2019 job growth projections from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development are aggregated through the U.S. Department of Labor-Sponsored resource, Projections Central. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
All salary and employment data accessed June 2020.