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.
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
Salary and employment data compiled by the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics in May of 2019. Figures represent accumulated data for all employment sectors in which medical assistants work. BLS salary data represents average and median earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries.
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. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
All salary and employment data accessed May 2020.