In 2014, the New York State Department of Labor listed medical assistant jobs as one of its “current need occupations.” The department projects that medical assistant employment levels in New York state will increase by 26.8% in the ten-year period leading up to 2022.
New York State Department of Labor projections indicate that slightly more than 1,000 jobs a year will become available on average during this time frame. More than 58% of these jobs will be due to growth in the field, while the rest will be from professionals leaving the workforce and needing to be replaced.
The 2014 average medical assistant salary in New York was $33,630. Experienced professionals earned $37,840 a year on average, while those entering the workforce averaged $25,190.
In 2013, some 23,170 medical assistants were employed in New York. The state had the fifth highest medical assistant employment level in the country in 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In particular, the New York City area had the second highest employment level of any metropolitan area in the country that year.
An analysis of medical assistant jobs by region in the ten-year period leading up to 2020 designated its job outlook as very favorable in every region in New York:
- New York City – 310
- Long Island – 240
- Hudson Valley – 110
- Western New York – 50
The BLS provides a detailed breakdown of medical assistant salaries in New York by percentile and region (2013):