If you’re pursuing a career in medical assisting in Kansas, you’re in luck: A rapidly growing senior population means more opportunities than ever here in the Sunflower State.
Like so many states in the nation, Kansas is experiencing a swiftly aging population. KC Communities for All Ages reported the older adult population in Kansas City is projected to nearly double between 2007 and 2030 – an increase of 107%. As a population that naturally comes with age-related illnesses and disease, this has put unprecedented demands on Kansas’ healthcare industry.
For medical assistants, this translates to more professional opportunities and better pay. The Kansas Department of Labor projects a 4% increase in the number of medical assistants working in the state during the two-year period from 2019 to 2021, rising from 4,520 to 4,700 during this timeframe.
According to 2019 stats from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical assistants at the median level here earn an average hourly wage of $14.81, or about $30,800 a year. But those who come with a few years’ worth of experience are earning closer to $19.23, or $40,000 a year, so you can feel comfortable knowing you’re entering a profession with plenty of room to grow.
Average Hourly Wages for Medical Assistants in Kansas’ Metro Areas
The top earning medical assistants are located in Topeka, followed closely by those in both Wichita and Lawrence.
The following BLS stats reveal the median – top 10% hourly wage range for medical assistants in Kansas’ largest metro areas:
- Lawrence: $14.77 – $18.79 (approximately 80 medical assistants)
- Manhattan: $13.31 – $18.29 (approximately 130 medical assistants)
- Topeka: $15.48 – $19.23 (approximately 340 medical assistants)
- Wichita: $14.70 – $18.79 (approximately 1,460 medical assistants)
Average Salaries for Medical Assistants in Kansas’ Metro Areas
BLS stats indicate what medical assistants are earning in the median – top 10% salary range in Kansas’ largest metro areas:
- Lawrence: $30,720 – $39,080
- Manhattan: $27,690 – 38,030
- Topeka: $32,200 – $40,000
- Wichita: $30,570 – $39,090
US Bureau of Labor Statistics salary figures for medical assistants represents state data not school-specific information.
2019 job growth projections from the Kansas 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.