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Medical Assistant Salaries in Tennessee

The average 2014 medical assistant salary in Tennessee was $28,674 according to the state’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Professionals in the 25th percentile salary bracket earned $23,944 a year on average. More experienced medical assistants in the 75th percentile averaged $32,507 a year.

Medical assistant salaries in Tennessee are available for the 12.3% of the state’s 13,860 professionals who worked outside of the major metropolitan areas in 2014:

Tennessee Area
25th Percentile
90th Percentile
Eastern
$21119
$27138
South central
$20449
$27486
North central
$20913
$26923
Western
$20160
$27193

The number of medical assistant jobs in Tennessee is projected to grow 2.4% a year in the ten year period leading up to 2018 according to the state’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The Department projects that an average of 390 jobs a year will become available during these years. Over two thirds of these jobs will come as a result of growth in the field of medical assisting. The remainder will come from the replacement of medical assistants who retire or otherwise leave the workforce.

Medical assistant jobs are expected to be among the fastest growing occupations in several of Tennessee’s Labor Workforce Investment Areas (LWIA). Growth is predicted to be particularly high in Knox County (LWIA 03) with an annual increase of 4.1% in the number of jobs becoming available. The medical assisting field in this county is predicted to be the second fasting growing occupation during this ten-year period.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics also provides a detailed breakdown by percentile of 2013 medical assistant salaries in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas of Tennessee:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Chattanooga TN-GA
1730
28410
Clarksville TN-KY
230
29010
Cleveland TN
230
26690
Jackson TN
440
25440
Johnson City TN
390
24250
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol TN-VA
630
26870
Knoxville TN
1700
28410
Memphis TN-MS-AR
2520
28470
Morristown TN
210
26730
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin TN
4560
31640
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
360
23580
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
640
23820
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
370
23770
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
340
24500