Healthcare support occupations (including medical assistants) is ranked the second among occupational groups currently experiencing the greatest employment growth in the state. The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DLWD) has conferred this ranking because:
- The number of employed medical assistants in NJ will increase from 14,700 in 2012 to 17,850 by 2022
- This employment projection equates to an astounding 21.5% growth trend over a ten-year period
- Workers are needed to fill 320 job openings due to growth and 280 replacement job openings annually until 2022
In 2013, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics gauged average hourly wages among medical assistants in New Jersey. These findings uncovered the following average wage percentiles:
- 10th Percentile: $11.74/hr.
- 25th Percentile $13.00/hr.
- Median Percentile: $15.10/hr.
- 75th Percentile: $17.64/hr.
- 90th Percentile: $20.70/hr.
In 2013, the federal government also investigated average annual salaries paid to medical assistants in New Jersey. These inquiries revealed the following average salary percentiles:
- 10th Percentile: $24,400/yr.
- 25th Percentile: $27,000/yr.
- Median Percentile: $31,400/yr.
- 75th Percentile: $36,700/yr.
- 90th Percentile: $43,100/yr.
Here is the DLWD’s most recent list of top paying industries for medical assistants in New Jersey:
- Public Administration: $20.05/hr. or $41,710/yr.
- Professional and Technical Services: $16.20/hr. or $33,650/yr.
- Administrative and Waste Services: $15.70/hr. or $32,610/yr.
- Health Care and Social Assistance: $15.55/hr. or $32,360/yr.
- Educational Services: $14.65/hr. or $30,480/yr.
- Retail Trade:$13.95/hr. or $29,070/yr.
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics has drawn the following outline to illustrate medical assistant wages and salaries across geographic regions in New Jersey in 2013: