According to a recent report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical assistant salaries range between $20,000 for the lowest paid, up to $39,000 for the highest. The average was around $23,000 per year, with an average hourly rate of around $9 per hour.
Salary levels will depend on a variety of factors, for example a certified (CMA) or registered (RMA) would expect a greater income than someone in a similar position without either. Location will have an impact, depending on a region’s cost of living, as will experience or specialist skill.
Working in a larger practice could also be a way to increase income.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a career as a medical assistant is a fairly stable one, with expected growth by 29% up to 2018. It is envisaged that medical assisting will be in high demand along with all other health care related jobs due to the increased demand for heath provision from an ageing population.
The best prospects for finding employment and for advancement within the field will be for those registered medical assistants (RMAs). An RMA is an assistant who has graduated from an accredited program and passed a registration exam. The exam may be taken as soon as you graduate and will provide employers with an instant reference for your skills and qualifications.
Offering flexibility and additional skills is something that gives an advantage to those medical assistants able to do so. If an employer can bring in one person with a wide range of skills including potentially the ability to double up on certain administrative tasks, then they would prefer that rather than to employ two people, one to conduct medical assistant tasks and the other to make appointments over the telephone.
At the moment there are around 600,000 medical assistants in the U.S. The government projects that there will be almost 800,000 by 2018.
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- Korey J, LVN, SBBCollege Graduate 2011