The average 2014 medical assistant salary in South Dakota was $27,768 according to the state’s Department of Labor and Regulation, while the median salary was $27,622. Experienced medical assistants in the 90th percentile earned $35,485 a year.
Professionals in the 10th percentile are generally those that have just entered the workforce. Their salaries averaged $21,424 a year.
According to the state’s Department of Labor and Regulation, medical assistant salaries in South Dakota were fairly similar throughout the state. The average, median, and 90th percentile salaries were highest in the central part of the state. The highest 10th percentile salary was in western South Dakota:
As the U.S. population of baby boomers age, they are requiring more medical care. This means doctors are hiring an increasing number of medical assistants to help manage their growing patient load.
The number of medical assistants in South Dakota is projected to grow by 16.4% in the ten-year period leading up to 2022, according to the state’s Department of Labor and Regulation. It projects that 180 jobs a year will become available during this time frame. Thirty-nine jobs a year will be generated on average.
In 2013, 1,090 medical assistants worked in South Dakota. Most of these professionals were employed in the eastern part of the state. Three hundred medical assistants were located there, while only 120 were employed in the eastern and western parts of South Dakota.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics also provides a detailed breakdown of 2013 medical assistant salaries in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas of South Dakota: