There’s no need to stand on the sidelines in Nevada anymore. A strong healthcare system means there may be no better time to become a medical assistant than now.
A growing and aging population in Nevada has resulted in increasing demands for healthcare and an impressive number of new hospital facilities to meet that demand. The Northern Nevada Health System in Reno, the Northern Sierra Medical Center, and a freestanding emergency room within the Northern Nevada Health System are all signs of a robust healthcare system that shows no signs of stopping.
Which is why projections for medical assistant job growth in Nevada are pretty darn impressive. According to the Nevada Department of Employment, Training & Rehabilitation, an increase of 5.5% is expected in the two-year period from 2019 to 2021. A high number of annual job openings means that whether you’re new to the field or looking to rise through the ranks, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to make your mark.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average, hourly wage for Nevada’s medical assistants was $16.65, or $34,630 annually in 2019. For those who’ve had a few years to prove their commitment to the profession, the numbers are even more impressive. Those in the top 10% here earned an hourly wage of $21.53, or $44,770 annually during this time.
Average Hourly Wages for Medical Assistants in Nevada’s Metro Areas
BLS stats reveal the following average, hourly wage ranges (median- top 10%) for medical assistants working in Nevada’s largest metro areas:
- Carson City: $17.78 – $20.19 (approximately 160 medical assistants)
- Las Vegas (greater metro area includes Henderson and Paradise): $16.42 – $21.17 (approximately 5,310 medical assistants)
- Reno: $17.47 – $22.62 (approximately 910 medical assistants)
Average Salaries for Medical Assistants in Nevada’s Metro Areas
The BLS reported the following salary ranges (median – top 10%) for medical assistants in Nevada’s largest metro areas:
- Carson City: $36,980 – $41,990
- Las Vegas (greater metro area includes Henderson and Paradise): $34,150 – $44,040
- Reno: $36,330 – $47,050
Salary and employment data compiled by the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics in May of 2019. Figures represent accumulated data for all employment sectors in which medical assistants work. BLS salary data represents average and median earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries.
2019 job growth projections from the Nevada Department of Employment, Training & Rehabilitation are aggregated through the U.S. Department of Labor-Sponsored resource, Projections Central. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
All salary and employment data accessed May 2020.