The state of Florida ranks 3rd in the country behind California and Texas for the number employed as medical assistants. Total employment is just over 38,000. This is clearly one of the larger states for medical assistant employment which is not surprising given the growing state population and the number of older retirees in the state.
Hoverer the news is not as good when it comes to the average annual salary. It is $28,600 ranking Florida 37th in the country. However, there are metropolitan areas in the state where the average annual salary is significantly above the state average.
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The table below breaks out the employment and salary data for 23 metropolitan areas.
Medical Assistant Salary Data for the State of Florida
|Area name||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage||Hourly median wage||Annual median wage|
|Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL||1250||$15.03||$31,270||$15.11||$31,440|
|Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin FL||210||$12.50||$26,000||$12.21||$25,400|
|Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach FL||860||$15.12||$31,440||$15.39||$32,010|
|Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach FL||4080||$14.66||$30,500||$14.34||$29,820|
|Lakeland-Winter Haven FL||810||$12.73||$26,480||$12.25||$25,470|
|Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach FL||11280||$14.03||$29,180||$13.90||$28,910|
|Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall FL||4760||$12.71||$26,430||$12.48||$25,960|
|Naples-Marco Island FL||500||$16.93||$35,210||$16.70||$34,730|
|North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota FL||1100||$15.45||$32,130||$15.33||$31,890|
|Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville FL||1630||$12.93||$26,900||$12.82||$26,670|
|Palm Coast FL||80||$12.31||$25,610||$12.14||$25,250|
|Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach FL||260||$12.53||$26,060||$12.09||$25,150|
|Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent FL||1010||$12.17||$25,320||$11.95||$24,860|
|Port St. Lucie FL||610||$14.20||$29,540||$13.92||$28,960|
|Punta Gorda FL||320||$12.99||$27,030||$12.88||$26,780|
|Sebastian-Vero Beach FL||170||$15.22||$31,660||$14.55||$30,260|
|Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater FL||6390||$13.71||$28,520||$13.41||$27,900|
|West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach FL||2440||$15.55||$32,350||$15.79||$32,840|
Looking at employment information first, the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach area has the highest employment of medical assistants. This is followed by the Tampa and Orlando areas in that order.
The Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin area, Sebastian-Vero Beach area and Palm Coast make up the lowest three employment areas.
If you look at the areas of highest average annual salary it is found in the Naples-Marco Island area at $35,210. This is followed by the West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach and North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota areas. While the lowest average annual salary is found in the Pensacola area.
The Naples area while it has the highest average salary only ranks 18th in terms of employment.
If you look at the salary spread across the state there is a significant range. It goes from $35,210 in Naples to $25,320 in Pensacola.
It is important to remember that these numbers are only averages and actual salaries may vary widely in any particular area based on many factors. The type of facility and years of experience are two of the largest determinants of the salary for a specific job.
If you’re looking for a job in Florida remember to present yourself and qualifications in the best light possible. This means taking the time to prepare a good resume and a strong cover letter. These will make or break your chances at getting that job you want. Take the the time and make the effort. It will pay dividends in the future.