Medical assistants are at the top of a long list of healthcare professionals that are needed in greater and greater numbers as the state’s population ages.
According to the Wisconsin Hospital Association, between 2017 and 2032, the state’s population will age dramatically, with the number of residents aged 65 and older growing by 48% and those aged 75 and older growing by a staggering 75%.
It’s all hands on deck when it comes to producing a healthcare workforce in Wisconsin that will be capable of handling the healthcare demands of a population dealing with the diseases of aging, so job projections for medical assistants are as impressive as you’d imagine.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, there were 12,220 MAs working in the state as of 2019, with another 600 new jobs expected to be created in the field by 2021 – a jump of nearly 5% in just a couple years. When you add in all the MAs that will be entering retirement or moving into other positions during that time, a full 1,680 MA positions are expected to open up statewide every year. This means excellent prospects when it comes time to enter the workforce and make your way in the field.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Wisconsin’s medical assistants earned $17.80 an hour, or $37,020 annually, as of 2019. But the top earners here (top 10%)—those who’ve positioned themselves as experts in the field through experience and by earning professional certification like the CMA—enjoyed an hourly wage of $22.92, or $47,680 annually during this time.
Average Hourly Wages for Medical Assistants in Wisconsin’s Metro Areas
The BLS reported the following wage ranges (median – top 10%) for medical assistants in Wisconsin’s largest metro areas:
- Eau Claire: $17.39 – $21.13 (approximately 770 medical assistants)
- Green Bay: $17.69 – $22.48 (approximately 740 medical assistants)
- Madison: $18.77 – $23.55 (approximately 1,610 medical assistants)
- Milwaukee (greater metro area includes Waukesha and West Allis): $17.9 – $22.86 (approximately 3,340 medical assistants)
- Oshkosh: $17.10 – $21.32 (approximately 300 medical assistants)
Average Salaries for Medical Assistants in Wisconsin’s Metro Areas
The following BLS stats reveal what medical assistants in the median – top 10% salary range are earning in Wisconsin’s largest metro areas:
- Eau Claire: $36,180 – $43,950
- Green Bay: $36,790 – $46,760
- Madison: $39,040 – $48,990
- Milwaukee (greater metro area includes Waukesha and West Allis): $37,270 – $47,550
- Oshkosh: $35,560 – $44,340
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 Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development 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.