Alaska having a relatively low population as compared to the larger states will have relatively fewer medical assistant jobs available. Those that are will be found mainly in the two main population centers of Anchorage and Fairbanks as you would expect.
Overall, Alaska ranks 45th in medical assistant employment, but ranks #1 in terms of average annual salaries for medical assistants. So while there may be fewer jobs in the field, these jobs are paying some of the highest wages in the country.
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The table below shows employment and salary date for the two major metropolitan areas of Anchorage and Fairbanks. The table presents both the average hourly and annual salary data as well as median data for each area.
Medical Assistant Salary Data for Alaska Metropolitan Areas
|Area name||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage||Hourly median wage||Annual median wage|
|Southeast Alaska area||70||$16.59||$34,500||$15.92||$33,120|
|Railbelt / Southwest Alaska area||200||$20.81||$43,280||$20.84||$43,360|
It is interesting to note that while Anchorage currently has the largest number of medical assistant jobs; Fairbanks has the highest average annual salary. In fact the average salary in Fairbanks is almost 9% higher than in Anchorage.
The table also includes data for two areas that are not in the major metropolitan areas. The Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area overall has more employment than Fairbanks and has the highest average salary of any place in Alaska.
When you’re looking for a job as a medical assistant in Alaska, use this data to evaluate prospective job openings. While there can be substantial variations in salary and benefits among open positions this will give you a starting point. Keep in mind that employment and salary ranges change over time.
Because of the lower number of medical assisting jobs in the state, you should expect to find more competition for open positions. Make sure you do everything that you can to make yourself standout. That includes taking the time to prepare a good resume, getting an interview with a great cover letter and getting certified to show you are a professional and dedicated to the profession.