Rapid growth has been the trend in Arizona’s healthcare industry in recent years, with the state’s major hospital systems, known for their innovations in areas like cancer care, leading the charge.
Whether you seek a career in medical assisting in a hospital system or private practice, there’s bound to be plenty of opportunities awaiting you in Arizona. In fact, according to the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity, jobs in medical assisting here are projected to increase 7.5% between 2019 and 2021, with nearly 1,500 new professionals expected to enter the field during this time.
Medical assistants in Arizona earned an average, hourly wage of $16.35, or $34,000 annually, as of May 2019, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Your earning power will increase along with your experience in medical assisting, as most veteran medical assistants here (top 10%) earned an average, hourly wage of $20.09, or $41,790 annually during this time. Also consider earning the CMA designation and getting plenty of experience in a variety of medical office settings if pay raises are what you’re after.
Average Hourly Wages for Medical Assistants in Arizona’s Metro Areas
While Phoenix had far more medical assistant jobs than other Arizona metro areas, the highest earners were in Tucson, followed closely by Prescott.
The BLS reported the following average, hourly wages (median – top 10%) for medical assistants in Arizona’s largest metro areas:
- Flagstaff: $17.19 – $20.23 (approximately 370 medical assistants)
- Phoenix (greater Phoenix metro area includes Mesa and Scottsdale): $16.60 – $20.43 (approximately 12,770 medical assistants)
- Prescott: $15.47 – $19.10 (approximately 440 medical assistants)
- Tucson: $15.49 – $19.22 (approximately 2,480 medical assistants)
- Yuma: $15.18 – $19.30 (approximately 360 medical assistants)
Average Salaries for Medical Assistants in Arizona’s Metro Areas
The following BLS stats reveal what medical assistants in the median – top 10% salary range are earning in Arizona’s largest metro areas:
- Flagstaff: $35,760 – $42,070
- Phoenix (greater Phoenix metro area includes Mesa and Scottsdale): $34,530 – $42,500
- Prescott: $32,170 – $39,720
- Tucson: $32,220 – $39,980
- Yuma: $31,570 – $40,140
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 Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity 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.