In 2012, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) named medical assisting among the top 100 in-demand occupations in state.
At that time, medical assistants working in Mississippi received an annual hourly wage of $12.81 and annual average salary of $26,650. Comparatively, medical assistants in entry-level positions earned an average entry-level hourly wage of $9.49 and the average entry-level annual salary of $19,740.
Today, medical assistants remain in demand throughout Mississippi. In fact, the MDES projects an 11.6% employment growth change for these professionals until 2020. This percentage is significant because it trumps the employment growth change for all other healthcare support occupations in the state, which is currently at 9.8%
As of 2014, the MDES reported that among the 34,660 state residents that were employed in healthcare support occupations, roughly 1,810 of them worked as medical assistants. Recent government reports indicate that salary earnings for these medical assistants were partially dependent upon their level of experience.
Here are the average salary and wage statistics for medical assistants employed in Mississippi according to experience level in 2014:
- Entry-Level Experience: $9.78/hr. or $20,350/yr.
- Average Experience: $12.97/hr. or $26,980/yr.
- Advanced Experience: $14.56/hr. or $30,290/yr.
By comparison, here are the average salary and wage statistics for all other healthcare support occupations in Mississippi according to experience level in 2014:
- Entry-Level Experience: $8.12/hr. or $16,880/yr.
- Average Experience: $11.02/hr. or $22,910/yr.
- Advanced Experience: $12.47/hr. or $25,930/yr.
Medical assistants statewide receive an average hourly wage of $12.97 and average annual salary of $26,980.
The table below illustrates a more comprehensive picture of the wage and salary averages for medical assistants employed in several metropolitan and nonmetropolitan regions of Mississippi: