Georgia ranks well among states for medical assistant employment. At around 17,600 employed, it ranks 9th among the 50 states. Given the metropolitan areas like Atlanta and in increasing population in the Southern states this might be expected.
The salary information however is different. The state ranks 36th among the states for average annual salary. Across the state the average annual salary is $28,720.
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The table below contains employment and salary data for 14 metropolitan areas in the state of Georgia.
Medical Assistant Salary Data for the State of Georgia
|Area name||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage||Hourly median wage||Annual median wage|
|Athens-Clarke County GA||430||$13.36||$27,780||$13.52||$28,110|
|Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta GA||10010||$14.40||$29,960||$14.01||$29,140|
|Augusta-Richmond County GA-SC||1150||$14.40||$29,950||$13.31||$27,680|
|Warner Robins GA||230||$13.18||$27,420||$12.88||$26,780|
As would probably be expected the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta leads the employment statistics with just over 10,000 medical assistant jobs. The area with the second highest medical assistant employment includes the area of Chattanooga Tennessee.
Because of the way the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the information the area that includes parts of two states in reported together. This area has about 1300 jobs. It shows that the Atlanta area by far has the highest employment of medical assistants in the state.
In third place is the Augusta-Richmond County area with over 1100 jobs.
At the other end is Brunswick GA with the lowest employment in medical assistants at around 170.
Looking at the average hourly salary data, Atlanta still comes in on top with $29,960 but not by much. The top three metropolitan areas all have average annual salaries of just under $30,000.
The lowest salary can be found in the Albany area at $23,490. If you look at the spread of salary information across all the metropolitan areas you will see that it is a fairly narrow range. This is especially true across the top eight areas.
Information such as this is useful data as a guide in understanding employment and salary patterns across the state. You must understand that any one specific job salary may vary considerably. Many factors go into determining the pay level for individual jobs.
That’s why it is so important to be as prepared as you can with a good resume and cover letter when you begin your job search. Take the time to prepare well. It will be worth the effort.