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Georgia Medical Assistant Salary and Job Data

Georgia State SealGeorgia 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.



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 nameEmploymentHourly mean wageAnnual mean wageHourly median wageAnnual median wage
Albany, GA510$11.29$23,490$10.24$21,310
Athens-Clarke County GA430$13.36$27,780$13.52$28,110
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta GA10010$14.40$29,960$14.01$29,140
Augusta-Richmond County GA-SC1150$14.40$29,950$13.31$27,680
Brunswick GA170$13.89$28,890$13.70$28,490
Chattanooga TN-GA1380$12.85$26,730$12.67$26,360
Columbus GA-AL850$12.24$25,450$12.02$24,990
Dalton GA180$13.49$28,050$13.06$27,160
Gainesville GA550$14.37$29,890$13.97$29,050
Macon GA500$13.77$28,640$13.80$28,700
Rome GA310$13.09$27,230$12.74$26,490
Savannah GA660$13.81$28,720$13.43$27,930
Valdosta GA270$12.54$26,080$12.38$25,760
Warner Robins GA230$13.18$27,420$12.88$26,780
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statics


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.