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Medical Assistant Salaries in Michigan

A recent landmark decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) gave greater job responsibility to medical assistants working in Michigan. The ruling authorized credentialed medical assistants to input medicinal orders into the computerized provider order entry (CPOE) system; a duty that was previously reserved exclusively for licensed health care professionals with prescriptive authority.

This judgment by the CMS widens the scope of practice for medical assistants in Michigan, thereby creating a greater demand for them in health care setting such as hospitals, physicians’ offices, medical clinics, and nursing care facilities.

According to Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, there were 416,900 medical assistants working throughout the country in 2006. Of these, approximately 13,475 found employment in Michigan. Government findings anticipate an average of 760 new medical assistant jobs to be added each year in Michigan for the foreseeable future.

In 2007, medical assistants working in Michigan’s hospitals earned an average of $13.20 an hour statewide, while those in the East Central region earned an average hourly wage of $11.17. Those working in the West Central region did the best among those working in Michigan’s hospitals, earning an average of $15.32 per hour.

That same year, medical assistants employed in Michigan’s laboratories earned between $11.70-$14.59 an hour based on location.

Medical assistants in Michigan’s government-run correctional facilities earned the most when compared to other practice settings. In 2008, the middle range hourly wage for medical assistants working in Michigan’s correctional facilities was between $14.93-$22.86 an hour.

In 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics published salary data for medical assistants in Michigan’s major cities and non-metro areas as shown below:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Ann Arbor MI
1710
33190
Battle Creek MI
390
28640
Bay City MI
220
25250
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn MI Metropolitan Division
3990
27590
Detroit-Warren-Livonia MI
11110
28280
Flint MI
890
29840
Grand Rapids-Wyoming MI
1750
30800
Holland-Grand Haven MI
340
28640
Jackson MI
330
28920
Kalamazoo-Portage MI
790
27760
Lansing-East Lansing MI
1040
29090
Monroe MI
280
26820
Muskegon-Norton Shores MI
410
28300
Niles-Benton Harbor MI
450
30640
Saginaw-Saginaw Township North MI
600
25880
South Bend-Mishawaka IN-MI
680
28560
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills MI Metropolitan Division
7120
28670
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
540
24360
Northeast Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
250
25030
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
810
29060
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
1170
27440