Medical assistants have long enjoyed their share of professional opportunities in Hawaii, courtesy of a strong healthcare environment that’s renowned for serving a high proportion of insured citizens. A focus on healthy living and access to healthcare has allowed the Aloha State to consistently land at or near the top among the healthiest states in the nation, according to the United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings.
This, of course, means that job growth in medical assisting continues to impress. According to the Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, there were 3,670 medical assistants in Hawaii in 2019; by 2021, this number is projected to grow to 3,750 as a result of new job creation. That means there’s plenty of room for aspiring medical assistants to make their mark.
According to May 2019 statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical assistants earned an average hourly wage of $18.70, or $38,900 annually. Even better news here is that once you’ve got a few years of experience under your belt and have shown a commitment to your profession by becoming certified, you can begin working your way towards the top 10% in this profession, who earned $24.45 per hour, or $50,850, as of 2019.
Average Hourly Wages for Medical Assistants in Hawaii’s Metro Areas
BLS stats reveal the following average, hourly wage range (median- top 10%) for medical assistants working in Hawaii’s largest metro areas:
- Honolulu: $18.40 – $24.38 (approximately 3,340 medical assistants)
- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina: $18.31 – $24.48 (approximately 280 medical assistants)
Average Salaries for Medical Assistants in Hawaii’s Metro Areas
The BLS reported the following salary range (median – top 10%) for medical assistants in Hawaii’s largest metro areas:
- Honolulu: $38,280 – $50,700
- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina: $38,090 – $50,920
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 Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations 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 May 2020.