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Medical Assistant Salary and Jobs Data for the State of Iowa

Iowa State SealFor 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.


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 nameEmploymentHourly mean wageAnnual mean wageHourly median wageAnnual median wage
Ames, IA110$14.80$30,780$14.50$30,160
Cedar Rapids IA380$14.39$29,930$14.57$30,300
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island IA-IL640$12.57$26,140$12.32$25,630
Des Moines-West Des Moines IA1030$15.66$32,570$14.93$31,050
Dubuque IA170$14.28$29,700$14.13$29,390
Iowa City IA290$16.15$33,600$16.07$33,420
Omaha-Council Bluffs NE-IA1580$14.40$29,940$14.17$29,480
Sioux City IA-NE-SD240$13.28$27,630$13.02$27,090
Waterloo-Cedar Falls IA270$13.73$28,550$13.69$28,480
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area280$14.29$29,720$13.84$28,780
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area230$13.97$29,050$13.67$28,430
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area350$13.00$27,030$12.93$26,900
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area680$13.81$28,720$13.65$28,380
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


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.

Make sure you are well prepared for your job search. Always have a strong resume and cover letter ready to give to prospective employers.