As the liaison between physician and patient, medical assistants are the fuel that keeps a doctor’s office running smoothly. According to the Oklahoma Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) there are 7,750 actively employed medical assistants in Oklahoma earning an annual mean salary of $25,880 and an hourly mean wage of $12.44. Keep in mind that these mean figures include employees with a wide range of education and experience.
A 2011 national salary survey conducted by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) showed that certified medical assistants earn an average annual salary of nearly $3,000 per year more than those without certification.
Certification is earned by examination. Only those who have successfully completed an accredited medical assistant program are eligible to take the exam. There are 11 accredited schools with medical assistant programs in Oklahoma. Eight of these schools are located in the Oklahoma City area.
The state capital of Oklahoma City, the largest city in Oklahoma, has the greatest number of medical assistant jobs; however, the highest salaries are found in Tulsa, the second largest city.
The Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs lists the salary range for medical assistants at VA medical facilities as $1,627.60 to $2,270.08/month or $19,530 to $27,240/year.
The table below provides 2013 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) salary information for medical assistants in Oklahoma: