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Medical Assistant Salaries in Illinois

The anticipated addition of 3,555 medical assistants to the Illinois workforce between 2012 and 2022 calculates into a 19.36% employment growth rate. This remarkable employment outlook has driven the Chicago Sun Times to name the medical assisting profession as one of the “25 Fastest-Growing Occupations in Illinois 2008-2018.”

Current reports published by the Illinois Department of Employment show the average median salary for medical assistants in the state to be $29,520/yr. The statewide pay scale for this occupation ranges between $25,386 and $34,124 a year.

Medical assistant salaries in Illinois often vary depending on an employee’s geographic location of employment. Here are the top five paying regions for medical assistants in the state:

  • Rockford Area: $27,762/yr. to $36,670/yr.
  • Lake County: $27,432/yr. to $35,903/yr.
  • Dekalb-Elgin-Aurora Area: $26,527/yr. to $35,452/yr.
  • Cook County: $26,255/yr. to $36,062/yr.
  • Du Page County: $16,124/yr. to $35,327/yr.

The current hourly wage scales for medical assistants in the top five paying regions in Illinois include:

  • Rockford Area: $13.35/hr. to $17.63/hr.
  • Lake County: $13.19/hr. to $17.26/hr.
  • Dekalb-Elgin-Aurora Area: $12.75/hr. to $17.04/hr.
  • Cook County: $12.62/hr. to $17.34/hr.
  • Du Page County: $25.56/hr. to $16.98/hr.

The current monthly wage scales for medical assistants in the top five largest regions in Illinois include:

  • Cook County: $2,187/mo. to $3,005/mo.
  • Will County: $2,005/mo. to $2,501/mo.
  • Du Page County: $2,177/mo. to $2,943/mo.
  • McHenry County: $2,083/mo. to $2,953/mo.
  • Kane County: $2,210/mo. to $2,953/mo.

Additional salary statistics for medical assistants in Illinois as reported by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics as of 2013 include:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bloomington-Normal IL
230
32430
Cape Girardeau-Jackson MO-IL
220
24400
Champaign-Urbana IL
380
48920
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville IL Metropolitan Division
11970
31610
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville IL-IN-WI
14760
31340
Danville IL
110
27600
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island IA-IL
690
26380
Decatur IL
170
27180
Kankakee-Bradley IL
140
28000
Lake County-Kenosha County IL-WI Metropolitan Division
1210
31970
Peoria IL
630
31110
Rockford IL
500
31440
St. Louis MO-IL
5050
28700
Springfield IL
500
28450
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area
270
26170
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area
Estimate not released
27060
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area
230
27630
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area
330
28000