There’s never been a better time to be a medical assistant in Maine.
According to the Maine Department of Labor, an aging population has allowed Maine’s healthcare sector to continue to grow, so healthcare professionals – medical assistants included – are enjoying more opportunities than ever before.
As of 2019, the Maine Department of Labor reported a total of 4,280 medical assistants working in the state. By 2021, this number is projected to increase to 4,380, so chances are you won’t be disappointed when it comes time to find a job in this field.
Maine also comes out as one of the top payers for medical assistants. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of 2019, MAs here earned an average, annual salary of $36,420, or $17.42 per hour. Earn a few years of experience and position yourself as an expert in the field by earning professional certification and you’ll be among the top 10% here, earning an average, annual salary of $46,950, or $22.57 per hour.
Average Hourly Wages for Medical Assistants in Maine’s Metro Areas
Portland is home to the highest number of medical assistants in the state, along with the highest wages for the profession’s top earners.
The BLS reported the following average, hourly wage range (median – top 10%) for medical assistants in Maine’s largest metro areas:
- Bangor: $16.72 – $20.17 (approximately 730 medical assistants)
- Lewiston (greater metro area includes Auburn): $15.72 – $19.47 (approximately 470 medical assistants)
- Portland: $19.39 – $24.20 (approximately 1,340 medical assistants)
Average Salaries for Medical Assistants in Maine’s Metro Areas
The following BLS stats provide a glimpse into what medical assistants in the median – top 10% salary range are earning in Maine’s largest metro areas:
- Bangor: $34,780 – $41,960
- Lewiston (greater metro area includes Auburn): $32,710 – $40,500
- Portland: $40,320 – $50,350
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 Maine 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.