Maryland remains a winner when it comes to job growth for medical assistants.
You’ll be happy to know that according to the Maryland Department of Labor, jobs in this field are projected to grow at a rate of 4.6% between 2019 and 2021, rising from 12,930 jobs to 13,520 jobs.
Another bright spot here is that Maryland is projected to see about 1,750 medical assistant job openings every year, so there’s bound to be plenty of opportunities awaiting you when you enter the field.
According to 2019 stats from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Maryland’s medical assistants earned an average, hourly wage of $17.47, or $36,330 annually. And if you’re among the top 10% here, you’ll earn an average hourly wage of $23.78, or $49,470 annually—that’s nearly $13,000 more annually for MAs with a handful of years of experience and professional certification.
Average Hourly Wages for Medical Assistants in Maryland’s Metro Areas
Baltimore is Maryland’s standout metro area, both in terms of the number of medical assistants working here and the earning power for these healthcare support professionals.
The BLS reported the following average, hourly wage ranges (median – top 10%) for medical assistants in Maryland’s largest metro areas:
- Baltimore (greater metro area includes Columbia and Towson): $17.61 – $23.36 (approximately 6,830 medical assistants)
- Hagerstown: $16.47 – $22.55 (approximately 560 medical assistants)
- Salisbury: $15.06 – $19.95 (approximately 1,050 medical assistants)
Average Salaries for Medical Assistants in Maryland’s Metro Areas
The following BLS stats indicate what medical assistants are earning in the median – top 10% salary range in Maryland’s largest metro areas:
- Baltimore (greater metro area includes Columbia and Towson): $36,620 – $48,600 (approximately 6,830 medical assistants)
- Hagerstown: $34,260 – $46,910 (approximately 560 medical assistants)
- Salisbury: $31,330 – $41,500 (approximately 1,050 medical assistants)
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 Maryland 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.