In September 2014, the Nebraska Department of Labor released the Nebraska Workforce Trends report. This report proclaimed that the health care industry employed the largest number of college graduates in the state during the first quarter of 2013. These college graduates earned annual average salaries of over $30,000. Graduates with degrees in technical and medical disciplines generated the highest salaries in this group.
According to the Nebraska Department of Labor, the estimated median annual salary for medical assistants as of September 17, 2014 was $28,979. As such, medical assistants enjoyed higher annual median salaries than other related occupations, including:
- Pharmacy Aides: $21,322/yr.
- Massage Therapists: $24,717/yr.
- Veterinary Assistants: $22,766/yr.
Salary Expectations for Medical Assistants in Nebraska
In the fourth quarter of 2013, medical assistants in Nebraska earned a median annual salary of $28,979 or a median hourly wage of $13.93. Some employers will determine a medical assistant’s pay by their amount of accumulated work experience.
In 2014, nearly 70% of potential candidates looking for medical assistant positions in Nebraska desired a salary of between $20,000 and $34,999, and they were not disappointed. Medical assistants with entry-level experience can expect to earn an average annual salary of $23,500 in Nebraska, or an average hourly wage of $11.30. More experienced medical assistants could earn closer to $32,696 annually or $15.72 hourly.
Although the Nebraska department of Labor expects the number of medical assistants employed in the state to jump from 2,845 in 2010 to 3,300 by 2020, medical assistant jobs are still highly competitive. During the hiring process, employers often consider an applicant’s desired salary prior to selecting a compatible candidate.
The salary data in this table was furnished by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and was published in 2013: