Oregon’s $9.10 an hour minimum wage is the third highest in the nation (after DC and WA) and is expected to rise to $9.25/hr in 2015. Oregon’s 7,940 medical assistants earn an annual mean salary of $33,900 or an hourly mean wage of $15.21 (Bureau of Labor Statistics). This compares very favorably with the national annual and hourly mean salary of $30,780/$14.80 and makes Oregon’s medical assistant salaries the 10th highest among the 50 US states.
In addition, job prospects are excellent. The number of medical assistant jobs in Oregon is expected to increase 25 percent by 2018.
Those who complete their education and successfully attain national certification obtain the highest salaries.
Salaries differ by education, experience and location. According to the Oregon State Department of Employment, the number of medical assistants and their salaries, from highest to lowest, in different Oregon cities are as follows:
It is noted that Clackamas is an unincorporated area that is a suburb of Portland near Withycombe military base. It is also the location of a major Kaiser Permanente Hospital. Kaiser Permanente employee pay scales list medical assistant salaries as $28,115 to $53,892. Kaiser prefers to hire medical assistants who are certified.
Salaries also differ in various non-metropolitan areas of Oregon: