While many rural hospitals in the nation are struggling to stay afloat, in Wyoming, some are finding ways to not just survive, but thrive. For healthcare support pros like medical assistants this, of course, means job security and opportunities for advancement.
Take, for instance, Evanston Regional Hospital, which has successfully implemented a number of efforts to improve its bottom line, including improving revenue cycle operations, reducing bad debt, and increasing telemedicine options.
According to the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, from 2019 to 2021, some 80 annual job openings are expected for MAs throughout the state, a combination of both new job creation and normal turnover as existing MAs retire and move into other positions. This, of course, bodes well for both aspiring and practicing medical assistants looking to make their way in the field.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported an average hourly wage of $16.23, or $33,770 annually for medical assistants in Wyoming as of 2019. The top earners here (top 10%) who’ve climbed the career ladder through experience made $21.72 during this time, or $45,170 annually – nearly $12,000 more than the median.
Average Hourly Wages for Medical Assistants in Wyoming’s Metro Areas
The BLS reported the following hourly wage ranges (median – top 10%) for medical assistants in Wyoming’s biggest metro areas:
- Casper: $16.38 – $21.17 (approximately 140 medical assistants)
- Cheyenne: $16.68 – $20.77 (approximately 210 medical assistants)
Average Salaries for Medical Assistants in Wyoming’s Metro Areas
The following BLS stats indicate what medical assistants are earning in the median – top 10% salary range in Wyoming’s major metro areas:
- Casper: $34,060 – $44,030
- Cheyenne: $34,700 – $43,200
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 Wyoming Department of Workforce Services 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.