North Carolina remains one of the top performers in the nation in terms of job growth in the field of medical assisting. According to the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the Tar Heel State was home to 18,650 medical assistant in 2019; by 2021, this number is projected to grow to 19,630 – a 5.3% increase in a very short period of time.
With an average of 2,600 job openings annually expected in the coming years—a result of both new job creation in a growing healthcare sector and a rising number of retiring medical assistants, one thing’s certain: you won’t have trouble getting your career off the ground in North Carolina.
According to 2019 stats from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, North Carolina’s medical assistants earned an average, hourly wage of $16.10, or $33,500 annually. Once you have a few years of experience on your resume, you can begin working toward the top ranks of MAs here, who earned an average, hourly wage of $20.11, or $41,830 annually during this time.
Average Hourly Wages for Medical Assistants in North Carolina’s Metro Areas
The following BLS stats provide a glimpse into what medical assistants in the median – top 10% hourly wage range are earning in North Carolina’s largest metro areas:
- Asheville: $15.67 – $19.33 (approximately 1,170 medical assistants)
- Charlotte: (greater metro area includes Concord and Gastonia): $16.62 – $21.45 (approximately 5,410 medical assistants)
- Durham (greater metro area includes Chapel Hill): $16.76 – $20.01 (approximately 1,610 medical assistants)
- Fayetteville: $13.97 – $18.07 (approximately 620 medical assistants)
- Greensboro (greater metro area includes High Point): $16.54 – $20.64 (approximately 1,560 medical assistants)
- Greenville: $14.77 – $19.56 (approximately 420 medical assistants)
- Raleigh: $16.75 – $20.05 (approximately 2,370 medical assistants)
- Wilmington: $15.32 – $20.44 (approximately 780 medical assistants)
- Winston-Salem: $16.97 – $22.03 (approximately 1,310 medical assistants)
Average Salaries for Medical Assistants in North Carolina’s Metro Areas
The BLS reported the following salary range (median – top 10%) for medical assistants in North Carolina’s largest metro areas:
- Asheville: $32,590 – $40,210
- Charlotte: (greater metro area includes Concord and Gastonia): $34,560 – $44,610
- Durham (greater metro area includes Chapel Hill): $34,870 – $41,630
- Fayetteville: $29,060 – $37,590
- Greensboro (greater metro area includes High Point): $34,410 – $42,920
- Greenville: $30,720 – $40,680
- Raleigh: $34,840 – $41,710
- Wilmington: $31,870 – $42,510
- Winston-Salem: $35,300 – $45,820
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 North Carolina Department of Commerce 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.