The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) recently named medical assisting one of the fastest growing occupations through 2014. Future projections for this occupation are similarly optimistic. The EOLWD expects the number of medical assistants employed in the state to increase from 13,756 in 2012 to 16,307 by 2022, reflecting an 18.54% employment growth rate.
In May 2013, the EOLWD reported that there were 14,190 medical assistants employed throughout Massachusetts. These professionals earned an average annual salary of 37,460 and a median annual salary of $35,700. Less experienced medical assistants in entry-level jobs received a lower-end average salary of $29,220, while those in more experienced positions achieved a higher-end average salary of $41,580.
In that same year, non-salaried medical assistants earned an average hourly wage of $18.01 and a median hourly wage of $17.16. Less experienced medical assistants in entry-level jobs received a lower-end average wage of $14.05/hr, while those in more experienced positions achieved a higher-end average wage of $19.99/hr.
Medical Assistant Salaries in Massachusetts by Industry and Location
Medical assistants work in several key industries in Massachusetts. However, some industries offer higher average salaries than others. In 2013, the EOLWD found the top five industries of employment for medical assistants offered the following average salaries:
- Educational Services: $47,870/yr.
- Hospitals: $41,080/yr.
- Health Care and Social Assistance: $37,350/yr.
- Ambulatory Health Care Services: $35,120/yr.
- Educational Services: $34,740/yr.
Medical assistants provide crucial health care support services to both rural and urban communities throughout Massachusetts. However, some areas of the state offer higher average salaries than others. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the medical assistant salaries by location in 2013 were as follows: