Medical Assistant Salaries in South Dakota

The medical assisting field is actually seeing some real benefits from a trifecta of factors that are hitting the state all at once and spiking demand for healthcare services, according to the South Dakota Department of Health: an aging patient population…an expanding general population…and an aging healthcare workforce. This type of environment has kept South Dakota’s healthcare sector growing at a steady clip, seeing to it that professional opportunities for medical assistants are holding strong.

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According to the South Dakota Department of Labor & Regulation, there were 970 medical assistants working in the state in 2019; by 2021, this number is projected to increase by 4.1%, one of the fastest growth rates seen anywhere in the country during this two-year timeframe.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average hourly wage for medical assistants in South Dakota was $14.72, or $30,620 annually as of 2019. Gain a few years of experience and show a commitment to your profession by earning an industry-recognized professional certification and you’ll be among the state’s top earners who enjoyed an average hourly wage of $18.83, or $39,170 annually during this time.

Average Hourly Wages for Medical Assistants in South Dakota’s Metro Areas

The following BLS stats provide a glimpse into what medical assistants in the median – top 10% hourly wage range are earning in South Dakota’s largest metro areas:

  • Rapid City: $15.74 – $19.64 (approximately 150 medical assistants)
  • Sioux Falls: $14.19 – $18.27 (approximately 470 medical assistants)

Average Salaries for Medical Assistants in South Dakota’s Metro Areas

The BLS reported the following salary ranges (median – top 10%) for medical assistants in South Dakota’s largest metro areas:

  • Rapid City: $32,730 – $40,850
  • Sioux Falls: $29,510 – $38,000

 

US Bureau of Labor Statistics salary figures for medical assistants represents state data not school-specific information.

2019 job growth projections from the South Dakota Department of Labor & Regulation are aggregated through the U.S. Department of Labor-Sponsored resource, Projections Central.

Conditions in your area may vary. 

All salary and employment data accessed May 2020.