Medical assistants serve as liaisons between physicians and their patients. They greet patients, record medical histories, draw blood for lab tests, organize and update medical files and handle billing and insurance claims.
The overwhelming majority of medical assistants in North Carolina work in the offices of physicians although some are employed in hospitals and ambulatory care services.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports show that there are 13,890 medical assistants in North Carolina (2013) who earn an annual mean salary of $29,300 and an hourly mean wage of $14.10. The top 10% earn an annual mean salary of $37,650.
Keep in mind that the mean salaries consider both certified and non-certified medical assistants. A brief review of “Help Wanted” ads for certified medical assistants revealed the following annual salaries in North Carolina’s three largest cities:
- Charlotte: $55,000
- Raleigh: $49,000
- Greensboro: $46,000
The table below provides 2013 US Department of Labor salary information for medical assistants in North Carolina:
All salary data provided by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.