As the medical community becomes increasingly dependent on medical assistants, these professional will continue to experience an above-average employment growth rate. The Missouri Department of Economic Development estimates that the number of medical assistants employed in the state will increase from 9,449 in 2012 to 10,985 by 2022.
This employment growth change between 2012 and 2022 equates to a 16.26% increase over a ten-year span. This percentage is significantly higher than the national employment growth change for medical assistants during this same period, which is 11%.
In May of 2013, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (USBLS) reported the employment of 9,550 medical assistants in Missouri. These professionals earned an average hourly wage of $13.65 and an average annual salary of $28,390.
An individual medical assistant’s level of previous field experience, industry of employment, and geographic location of employment may help dictate their salary earning potential in Missouri. For example, according to the Missouri Department of Economic Development, the annual average salaries for medical assistants of varying experience in 2013 were:
- Entry-Level Medical Assistants: $21,039
- Average Medical Assistants: $27,370
- Experienced Medical Assistants: $32,050
Medical assistants throughout the country see differences in salary earnings based on the industry they find employment in. For example, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual average salaries for medical assistants working in the top five paying industries as of 2013 were:
- Grantmaking and Giving Services: $34,930
- Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools: $35,040
- Scientific Research and Development Services: $35,370
- Personal Care Services: $36,270
- Insurance Carriers: $37,180
The 2013 table below features thorough statistics regarding medical assistant earnings by geographic location in Missouri. The table was provided courtesy of the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics: