The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported medical assistants to earn $19.62 per hour, or $40,810 per year in 2011. National statistics for medical assistant wages show that 90% of working medical assistants in the USA were earning an hourly wage of nearly $20. Of course, now that some years have passed since the publishing of these figures, the estimates are the low end and in the meantime have changed in favor of the employee.
Certification to Boost Pay
Medical assistant’s pay is influenced by the type of education, training, professional credentials and years of experience, as well as location and the type of medical practice where special technical and clinical skills are required. An increasing number of medical offices seek certified medical assistants and often also expect at least 1-2 years of experience. Wages will increase significantly for a fully qualified, accredited and certified medical assistant in a medical specialty office! Just read the medical assistant vacancies and wanted ads in your local newspaper, or explore job offers on job websites, such as Indeed.com or MonsterJobs.com and you will quickly learn what employers want. You often find: “Certified medical assistants only, non-certified medical assistants need not apply.”