Idaho has been the rising star in the nation in recent years for its population growth, and its big cities like Boise (home to the renowned St. Luke’s Health System) are enjoying substantial growth in healthcare as a result. This, of course, is music to the ears of anybody going into the medical assistant profession, which is projected to see an impressive 4.4% growth rate during the two-year period from 2019 to 2021, rising from 3,400 medical assistants working in the state to 3,550, according to the Idaho Department of Labor.
May 2019 stats from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals an average hourly wage of $16.58, or $34,480. The top 10% of earners in this profession enjoyed an average hourly wage of $21.65, or $45,030 annually during this time, so there’s good reason to start accruing experience, meeting the qualifications for professional certification, and making a name for yourself here.
Average Hourly Wages for Medical Assistants in Idaho’s Metro Areas
Coeur d’Alene comes out on top for average salaries among medical assistants in Idaho, with Pocatello and Boise City falling closely behind.
BLS stats reveal the following average, hourly wage range (median- top 10%) for medical assistants working in Idaho’s largest metro areas:
- Boise City: $17.16 – $21.76 (approximately 1,580 medical assistants)
- Coeur d’Alene: $17.14 – $23.54 (approximately 420 medical assistants)
- Idaho Falls: $14.53 – $19.39 (approximately 380 medical assistants)
- Pocatello: $16.08 – $23.10 (approximately 200 medical assistants)
- Twin Falls: $15.77 – $21.68 (approximately 160 medical assistants)
Average Salaries for Medical Assistants in Idaho’s Metro Areas
The BLS reported the following salary range (median – top 10%) for medical assistants in Idaho’s largest metro areas:
- Boise City: $35,700 – $45,270
- Coeur d’Alene: $ 35,650 – $48,970
- Idaho Falls: $30,230 – $40,330
- Pocatello: $33,450 – $48,040
- Twin Falls: $32,810 – $45,100
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 Idaho Department of Labor 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.