Medical Assistant Salary

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Insights Into Medical Assistant Salary Expectations

When you study to become a medical assistant, you know that you will be making a difference in the lives of a large number of patients every day, playing a vital role in the health care industry, and assisting physicians, podiatrists, dentists, or other health practitioners in essential work. The job involves a wide variety of tasks, ranging from clerical, such as office administration, to clinical, including basic patient care, reading vital signs, and drawing blood. However, job satisfaction is just one critical factor to consider when deciding your career; another major consideration is pay. Before you decide to enroll in a course, learn more about the medical assistant salary.  

How Much Can Medical Assistants Expect to Earn?
The median annual wage for medical assistants in May 2012 was $29,370, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This means that half of all medical assistants earned more than this and half less. The lowest 10 percent earned under $21,080, but the top 10 percent earned more than $41,570.  

What Factors Affect Annual Salary?
The disparity in pay is due to several factors, including: Certification Medical assistants who hold a certification not only have a higher chance of finding work to begin with, they also earn more. There are several options to become certified, including Registered Medical Assistant (RMA), Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT), Certified EKG Technician (CET), Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA), and Electronic Health Records Specialist (EHRS).

The right choice for you will depend on the nature of the work you want to pursue. Workplace Medical assistants receive the highest salaries when employed by scientific research services, personal care services, insurance carriers, universities, and dentists’ offices — earning, on average, between $34,570 to $36,670 per year. However, the majority of work for medical assistants is found in physician’s offices, hospitals, and outpatient care centers, reports the BLS. Years of experience The longer you work as a medical assistant, the more you can expect to earn.  

Job Outlook Employment for medical assistants is predicted to grow by 29 percent between 2012 and 2022 — from 560,800 positions to 723,700, or an increase of 162,900 jobs. This is much faster than the average for all occupations due to the aging population requiring preventive medical services. Physician’s and other health care professionals are needing more assistants to carry out routine clinical duties and for support with administrative tasks while doctors attend to patients.  

The Situation in Texas
In 2014, there were around 55,620 medical assistant jobs in Texas alone. You can expect to earn around $13.73 per hour or $28,550 per year, according to mean wages reported by the BLS. Improve your chances of receiving a high salary, starting from your very first job as a medical assistant, by studying a program that prepares you for at least one of the above certifications and teaches you essentials skills like phlebotomy, EKG monitoring, patient care, office administration, and pharmacology. Look for schools that offer a well-rounded education, hands-on training, and practical experience to increase your job opportunities and the likelihood of receiving a good medical assistant salary after you graduate.

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What SCI Students Are Saying

“I made a complete career change when I started my training at Southern Careers Institute. I needed a stable career to continue providing for my growing family. SCI provided me with the medical terminology and know how that I needed to understand and acquire a career in the medical field. SCI taught me that it doesn’t matter where you are in life right now; you always have room to advance and learn.”


Denise S.
Medical Assistant

“I am extremely grateful for the assistance I received from SCI’s Career Services team. I enjoy where I work and what I do. SCI has helped me succeed in life by getting me the necessary education and by making me a stronger and more confident person.”


Raquel S.

“Once I graduated from SCI, I had a sense of accomplishment that helped me through the job search process. SCI provided me with the opportunity to brush up on my skills, extend my accounting knowledge, and they boosted my self-confidence. I went to work two days after my last day of school.”


Annette D.
Business Accounting

“When my youngest child graduated from high school, I told my husband that it was my time. I went back to school to change careers after spending 37 years in the business field. At SCI, the instructors are professional, and they care about what they are teaching you, as well as expect you to give 100% in return. I had problems understanding how to draw in syringes and give injections. I requested extra help from a knowledgeable instructor, and I was able to receive one-on-one training. Today, I draw injections for approximately 100 patients each week. I am very confident in what I’ve learned. SCI has given me the chance to do what I always wanted to do. Thank you for my education. I am doing wonderful.”


Bonnie M
Medical Assistant

“I am now a certified Lab Tech. SCI helped me get an externship, and I came out with a job. After my little sister had cancer, I knew I wanted a career in the medical field that allowed me to help others. I am happy about what I do.”


Sidney B
Medical Assistant

“The best place ever!! Ms.Tonia rocks she is the best teacher… I love going to school my time there is amazing.”


Andrea Garcia

“Southern Careers went beyond my expectations. Very impressed. The assistance I got from Career Services is truly amazing. They really went out of their way to get me placed. They really care and I am grateful to all of them.”


Olga C.

“Southern Careers Institute totally surpassed my expectations. Once I finished school, the Career Services team helped me find a job. I would tell anyone thinking about starting career training that you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain. I wish I would have started my training sooner.”


Valerie D.

“I am very happy with where I am and where I’m going. Through high school, I struggled with math. When I came to SCI, I enrolled in the Business Accounting Specialist program to see if I could do it. SCI provided me with the accounting skills I needed to help me find a career. Now, I have an amazing career and room to grow in the company.”


Crystal H.
Business Accounting

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