Although the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training has declared personal care and service occupations as the fastest-growing occupational group in the state until 2020, healthcare support occupations (such as medical assistants) closely follow it with a projected employment growth of 25.3%.
In 2013, findings by the Kentucky Department of Labor determined that medical assistants earned an average hourly wage of $13.16 and an average annual salary of $27,367 in that year.
Medical assistants that gain extensive field experience may enhance their salary prospects. For instance, medical assistants in entry-level jobs earn an average hourly wage of $9.97 or an average annual salary of $14.76. Comparatively, workers that attain more advanced positions through experience receive a much higher average hourly wage of $14.76 and an average annual salary of $30,687.
Industry and Region-Based Salaries for Medical Assistants in Kentucky
Another factor that routinely impacts medical assistant salary trajectories is their industry of employment. The Kentucky Department of Labor’s industry-based salary statistics for medical assistants in 2013 include:
- Professional and technical services: $28,662/yr.
- Educational services: $27,802/yr.
- Health care and social assistance: $27,397/yr.
- Public administration (code 92): $27,256/yr.
- Administrative and waste services: $26,891/yr.
Along with industry of employment, a medical assistant’s geographic location can shape salary outlooks. According to the Kentucky Department of Labor, the region-based salaries for medical assistants employed in 2013 were:
- Kentucky River: $28,976/yr.
- Northern Kentucky: $28,828/yr.
- Buffalo Trace & Gateway: $28,794/yr.
- Louisville: $28,633/yr.
- Purchase: $28,313/yr.
- Bluegrass: $27,979/yr.
- Green River: $26,665/yr.
- Cumberland Valley: $26,183/yr.
- Barren River: $26,072/yr.
- Big Sandy:$25,765/yr.
A more complete chart of region-based medical assistant salaries in Kentucky in 2013 is provided courtesy of the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics: