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Medical Assistant Salaries and Jobs in Arkansas

Arkansas State SealIf you are looking for a job as a medical assistant in Arkansas, here are the latest salary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Arkansas ranks 45 out of 50 for the average annual salary for medical assistants. The annual average salary is just over $26,700.  It ranks 40th among states in terms of the number employed as medical assistants. The number is estimated at over 2000 jobs in the state.



To get a better picture of the distribution of medical assisting jobs in Arkansas you need to look at the data in the table below.

Medical Assistant Salary Data for Arkansas

Area nameEmploymentHourly mean wageAnnual mean wageHourly median wageAnnual median wage
Memphis TN-MS-AR2420$14.02$29,170 $13.39$27,850
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway AR650$13.27$27,600 $12.65$26,320
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO510$13.91$28,940 $13.34$27,740
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area180$12.22$25,410 $12.34$25,660
Texarkana-Texarkana TX-AR160$10.34$21,510 $10.10$21,000
Pine Bluff AR150$11.21$23,310 $10.82$22,510
Fort Smith AR-OK120$11.02$22,920 $10.82$22,510
Central Arkansas nonmetropolitan area110$13.27$27,600 $12.55$26,110
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area80$10.85$22,560 $10.70$22,250
Hot Springs AR60$12.24$25,460 $12.13$25,230
Jonesboro AR50$11.20$23,300 $11.00$22,880
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


This shows the highest concentration of medical assistant jobs in the northeast part of Arkansas located around the Memphis area.

Note: Because of the way the data is collected (by metropolitan area) this data might not appear to be relevant to Arkansas. But people who live in Arkansas may in fact work in the Memphis area so the data is included here as well as for Tennessee.

This area plus Little Rock, Fayetteville, Texarkana and Pine Bluff make up the top five areas for employment in the state. Fort Smith, Hot Springs and Jonesboro are the bottom three.

The highest wages in the state will be found in the Fayetteville-Springfield-Rogers area and the lowest will be found in the Texarkana area. There is over a 30% difference in the salaries for medical assistants between these two areas of the state.

There is also for data for areas of the state not included in the major metropolitan areas. These are labeled the West, Central and East nonmetropolitan areas. If you’re not located in the metropolitan areas, then use this data an estimate of potential pay scales.

Keep in mind that these numbers are estimates and averages collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They should be used only as guidelines for expected salary ranges. Different job openings and employment circumstances will affect specific pay levels.

Follow some of the suggestions here at the CMA Training Hub to make sure you maximize your chances for the best paying jobs available.