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Medical Assistant Salaries in Arkansas

The medical assistant profession is widely becoming an attractive career choice for health care students in Arkansas. In fact, the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services recently named medical assistants among their “Hot 45 Demand Occupations” picks for 2014-2015.

The medical assistant occupation has distinctive characteristics in Arkansas, leading to this official recognition. These include:

  • Medical assistants will experience 74 job openings annually
  • Medical assistants earned an average salary of $27,080 in 2013
  • Medical assistants only require moderate skill or postsecondary non-degree credentials to qualify for most positions

Arkansas Annual Salaries VS. National Annual Salaries for Medical Assistants

Current reports released by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics show medical assistants employed nationwide earn an average median wage of $14.24/hr, an average low wage of $10.23/hr, an average high wage of $20.15/hr.

Medical assistants working throughout Arkansas experience comparable wages. For example, they earn an average median wage of $12.76/hr, and average entry-level wage of $9.51/hr and an average high wage of $17.38/hr.

The most recent findings from the United States Bureau of Labor Statics reveal medical assistants employed nationwide earn an average median salary of $29,600/yr, and average entry-level salary of $21,300/yr, and an average high salary closer to $41,900/yr.

On the other hand, medical assistants working across Arkansas earn an average median salary of $26,500/yr, an average starting salary of $19,800/yr, and an average high salary closer to $36,100/yr.

Regional Salary and Wage Statistics by Region in Arkansas

Medical assistants typically experience varying salary and wage earning thresholds according to which metropolitan or nonmetropolitan area of the state they find employment in. Therefore, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics constructed this detailed chart to illustrate pay diversity in Arkansas by region (2013):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers AR-MO
460
29410
Fort Smith AR-OK
150
24810
Hot Springs AR
90
27680
Jonesboro AR
80
23710
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway AR
1000
26950
Memphis TN-MS-AR
2520
28470
Pine Bluff AR
150
24760
Texarkana-Texarkana TX-AR
230
22840
Central Arkansas nonmetropolitan area
130
28110
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area
110
26100
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area
60
26300
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area
90
23780