According to the Georgia Department of Labor, there were 17,520 medical assistants gainfully employed throughout the state in 2012. Yet, by 2022, these healthcare support workers are expected to number 26,270.
This addition of 8,750 more medical assistants over a ten-year period equates to a 4.1% annual employment growth rate, making medical assisting one of the fastest growing occupations in Georgia.
Salary Statistics for Medical Assistants in Georgia
In 2012, medical assistants in the United States earned an annual average salary of $30,780 and an average hourly wage of $14.80. Salary earnings for medical assistants in Georgia closely resemble this national average.
The Georgia Department of Labor reported that medical assistants in the state earned an annual average salary of $29,063 and an hourly average wage of $13.98.
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics found that entry-level medical assistants typically received $25,160 while those with more experience representing the top 25% earned $35,600 annually in 2012. This national pay scale is similarly represented in Georgia.
In Georgia, medical assistants entering the workforce earned $24,127, while the top 25% earned $33,546 annually that same year.
Medical Assistant Salaries by County in Georgia
Geographic location of employment is an important component in a medical assistant’s salary. Differences in population density, number of businesses, and government funding can all affect the demand a specific area has for medical assistants.
Reports by the Georgia Department of Labor indicate the five highest paying counties for medical assistants in 2012 included:
- Haralson County: $33,965/yr.
- Paulding County: $32,294/yr.
- Wheeler County: $31,635/yr.
- Bartow County: $31,272/yr.
- Dodge County: $30,934/yr.
Medical assistant salaries can also differ across state regions. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics has created the following table to express medical assistant salaries by region in Georgia in 2013: