Last year Forbes Magazine exulted Arizona for being the #1 ranked state in the nation for future job growth. The prestigious business magazine also cited the health service sector among the fastest-growth industries in Arizona, of which medical assistants are a major component.
In 2012, the Arizona Office of Employment and Population Statistics reported that 13,593 medical assistants were employed in the state. By 2022, this employment figure is anticipated to rise to 18,583.
This ten-year expansion denotes a 36.7% employment increase for medical assistants. As a result, they will benefits from approximately 758 new job openings in Arizona annually.
In 2013, the federal government reported that the region of Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale was among the top ten metropolitan areas in the nation with the highest employment level of medical assistants.
Salaries for Medical Assistants Throughout Arizona
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary for medical assistants in Arizona was $30,700 in 2013. According to the report, $39,900 represents the average for the top ten percent, while entry-level salaries averaged $22,500.
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical assistants earn an average hourly wage of $14.74 in Arizona. In this context, a high hourly for medical assistants is considered $19.16 while a low hourly wage for these workers is $10.84.
Pay scales can largely depend upon a medical assistant’s location of employment. As such, the United States Department of Labor offers the following table outlining regional medical assistant salary and wage findings for 2013: