For those looking for a medical assisting job in Iowa or just wanting to know where the state ranks for medical assistant salaries, here is the latest information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The state ranks about in the middle for both employment and salary. Overall the state ranks 33rd for employment level with 4,480 current jobs.
It ranks slightly higher among the states for average annual salary at 27th. State wide the average annual salary in Iowa is about $29,700.
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The table below breaks out employment and salary information by key metropolitan areas in the state. There is also information for four nonmetropolitan areas.
Salary Information for Medical Assistants in Iowa
|Area name||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage||Hourly median wage||Annual median wage|
|Cedar Rapids IA||380||$14.39||$29,930||$14.57||$30,300|
|Davenport-Moline-Rock Island IA-IL||640||$12.57||$26,140||$12.32||$25,630|
|Des Moines-West Des Moines IA||1030||$15.66||$32,570||$14.93||$31,050|
|Iowa City IA||290||$16.15||$33,600||$16.07||$33,420|
|Omaha-Council Bluffs NE-IA||1580||$14.40||$29,940||$14.17||$29,480|
|Sioux City IA-NE-SD||240||$13.28||$27,630||$13.02||$27,090|
|Waterloo-Cedar Falls IA||270||$13.73||$28,550||$13.69||$28,480|
|Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area||280||$14.29||$29,720||$13.84||$28,780|
|Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area||230||$13.97||$29,050||$13.67||$28,430|
|Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area||350||$13.00||$27,030||$12.93||$26,900|
|Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area||680||$13.81||$28,720||$13.65||$28,380|
The highest employment of medical assistants in the state is found in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area with 1580 jobs. This area covers portions of both Iowa and Nebraska. The Des Moines – West Des Moines area has the second highest employment level in the state. This is not surprising since these are the two largest metropolitan areas.
At the low end is Dubuque with employment of about 170 and Ames at 110.
There is a much different ranking of metropolitan areas for average annual salary. The Iowa City area has the highest average annual salary in the state at $33,600. This is followed by the Des Moines area at $32,570 and Ames at $30780. The Omaha-Council Bluffs area is fourth at $29,940.
The lowest average annual salaries are in the Sioux City area with $27,030 and Davenport-Moline-Rock Island area at $26,140.
There is also information for nonmetropolitan areas in the state. The state is divided into 4 areas – Northwest Iowa, Southwest Iowa, Southeast Iowa and Northeast Iowa.
In looking at any of these statistics you must remember they are estimates and they will change over time. This data is the latest available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2012. Also there are many factors that will influence the salary offered for any particular job.
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