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Medical Assistant Salaries in Missouri

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:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Cape Girardeau-Jackson MO-IL
220
24400
Columbia MO
160
27050
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers AR-MO
460
29410
Jefferson City MO
100
29100
Joplin MO
Estimate not released
26210
Kansas City MO-KS
3440
32590
St. Joseph MO-KS
160
28600
St. Louis MO-IL
5050
28700
Springfield MO
830
24390
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area
580
26850
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area
440
29020
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area
450
21590
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area
120
24190