Medical assistants continue to find great employment opportunities in Indiana. In fact, a 2012 news article published in the Times of Northwest Indiana titled “Job Outlook in Indiana Better Than the National Average” propelled the medical assistant profession into the spotlight by placing it among the state’s top 10 fastest growing occupations.
As of May 2013, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics found 12,810 medical assistants employment throughout Indiana. By 2020, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development expects this number to increase to 3,442. This government projection indicates a 2.7% annual employment growth for this occupation, more than double the annual employment growth of all other occupations, which is only 1.3%.
According to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, in 2013, the median hourly wage for medical assistants was $13.70/hr and the median annual salary was $28,500/yr.
Job experience is one of the driving forces behind a medical assistant’s salary earning potential in Indiana. In September 2014, wage and salary offers for medical assistant job openings in the state were as follows:
- Entry-level experience: $10.18/hr. or $21,181/yr.
- Average-level experience: $11.94/hr. or $24,844/yr.
- Advanced-level experience: $14.22/hr. or $29,587/yr.
Employers may ask job candidates questions regarding their desired salary to determine if it corresponds to the job’s intended salary offer. In September 2014, 78.83% of medical assistants expressed a desired salary of between $20,000/yr. and $34,000/yr.
Medical assistant salaries in Indiana tend to differ across regions because different areas require varying degrees of health care support. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics provided the data in the following table to express medical assistant salaries by geographic location: