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Medical Assistant Salaries in Oregon

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:

Oregon City
Number of Employed
Hourly Mean
Clackamas
608
$18.16
Bend
430
$16.76
Portland
4720
$16.64
Eugene
510
$16.28
Salem
840
$15.96
Corvallis
140
$15.54
Medford
620
$15.50

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:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bend, OR
430
35430
Corvallis OR
220
33260
Eugene-Springfield OR
550
32540
Medford OR
590
33030
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro OR-WA
4880
35270
Salem OR
910
33760
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area
320
30770
Southern Oregon and Linn County nonmetropolitan area
480
30200
North Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area
310
31010
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area
180
30000