Making your way as a medical assistant in Kentucky is easier than ever, thanks to an influx of jobs in this profession in the coming years.
According to the Kentucky Center for Statistics, the number of medical assistant jobs is expected to increase 4.4% in the two-year period from 2019 to 2021, rising from 9,110 to 9,510 jobs during this time. An impressive 1,220 job openings here annually means plenty of opportunities for both new medical assistants, and existing MAs looking to advance.
At the median level, medical assistants in Kentucky earn an average hourly wage of $15.43, or $32,090. Earn professional certification and get a few years of experience on your resume and you’ll earn upwards of $20.43 hourly, or $42,490 annually – a cool $10,000 more each year.
Average Hourly Wages for Medical Assistants in Kentucky’s Metro Areas
Lexington is the star of the show when it comes to job openings and earning power for medical assistants in Kentucky’s largest metro areas.
The following BLS stats reveal the median – top 10% hourly wage range for medical assistants in Kentucky’s largest metro areas:
- Bowling Green: $13.55 – $18.56 (approximately 490 medical assistants)
- Elizabethtown (greater metro area includes Fort Knox): $14.47 – $18.30 (approximately 350 medical assistants)
- Lexington (greater metro area includes Fayette): $16.53 – $22.88 (approximately 1,330 medical assistants)
- Louisville: $16.75 – $21.66 (approximately 3,440 medical assistants)
Average Salaries for Medical Assistants in Kentucky’s Metro Areas
BLS stats indicate what medical assistants are earning in the median – top 10% salary range in Kentucky’s largest metro areas:
- Bowling Green: $28,180 – $38,610
- Elizabethtown (greater metro area includes Fort Knox): $30,090 – $38,060
- Lexington (greater metro area includes Fayette): $34,370 – $47,580
- Louisville: $34,830 – $45,060
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 Kentucky Center for Statistics 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.