Medical Assistant Salaries in North Dakota

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North Dakota may be one of the least populated states in the nation, but that hasn’t stopped it from earning a reputation for both its strong economy and its equally strong healthcare industry.

A solid job market awaits aspiring medical assistants in North Dakota, thanks to an increasing number of jobs (North Dakota Labor Market Information projects an increase of 5.3% in medical assisting jobs from 2019 to 2021.) and no less than six Level II trauma centers, 44 hospitals, 52 rural health clinics, and 80 nursing homes.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average, hourly wage for North Dakota’s medical assistants was $17.61, or $36,640 annually, as of 2019. For those who have climbed the career ladder through experience and have shown a commitment to their profession by earning professional certification, average, hourly wages among the top 10% here reach $23.29 an hour, or $48,440 annually.

Average Hourly Wages for Medical Assistants in North Dakota’s Metro Areas

While both Fargo and Bismarck have about the same number of medical assistant jobs, Fargo’s medical assistants earn an average of between $1 and $3 more an hour than their counterparts in the Bismarck metro area.

BLS stats reveal the following average, hourly wage range (median- top 10%) for medical assistants working in North Dakota’s largest metro areas:

  • Bismarck: $17.15 – $21.23 (approximately 140 medical assistants)
  • Fargo, ND-MN: $18.46 – $23.48 (approximately 120 medical assistants)

Average Salaries for Medical Assistants in North Dakota’s Metro Areas

The BLS reported the following salary range (median – top 10%) for medical assistants in North Dakota’s largest metro areas:

  • Bismarck: $35,670 – $44,170
  • Fargo, ND-MN: $38,390 – $48,830


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 Dakota Labor Market Information 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.