The field of medical assisting is growing rapidly throughout the U.S. In South Carolina, the rate of increase is projected to be 2.5% a year in the ten year period ending in 2022 according to the state’s Department of Employment of Workforce. This rate is 2.3 times greater than that for occupations as a whole in the state.
The number of medical assistant jobs that will become available in South Carolina each year is estimated to be 380. More than 59% of these jobs will be due to growth in the medical assisting field. The remaining 155 jobs will be due to the need to replace medical assistants who will leave the workforce.
The median 2013 medical assistant salary in South Carolina was $28,280. Experienced medical assistants made $33,300 a year on average, while those just entering the workforce earned an average of $22,000.
Medical assistant salaries in the workforce regions of South Carolina varied a great deal. The median salary and that of experienced medical assistants was highest in the Trident workforce region. Entry-level salaries were highest in the Upstate and Waccamaw regions:
The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a detailed breakdown of 2013 medical assistant salaries in South Carolina: