Here are the most recent medical assistant employment and salary data as of May 2012 – the most recent available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Louisiana ranks 28th among the 50 states for the number of medical assistant jobs. It has about 6800 across the state. It only ranks 46th for the average annual salary. Its average annual salary is $26,560.
These statistics are across the state. The table below breaks out the state data for eight metropolitan areas and four areas outside of these major metropolitan areas. This gives you a better picture of employment levels and salary data for the state if you are looking for a medical assisting job.
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Medical Assistant Salary Information for Louisiana
|Area name||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage||Hourly median wage||Annual median wage|
|Baton Rouge LA||1070||$13.14||$27,340||$12.56||$26,130|
|Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux LA||350||$12.96||$26,950||$12.72||$26,460|
|Lake Charles LA||330||$10.96||$22,800||$11.10||$23,090|
|New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner LA||2090||$14.11||$29,350||$13.92||$28,950|
|Shreveport-Bossier City LA||450||$12.97||$26,980||$12.85||$26,740|
|Hammond nonmetropolitan area||400||$12.78||$26,570||$12.92||$26,870|
|Natchitoches nonmetropolitan area||210||$11.52||$23,960||$11.05||$22,980|
|Winnsboro nonmetropolitan area||N/A||$10.89||$22,660||$10.53||$21,900|
|New Iberia nonmetropolitan area||560||$10.09||$20,990||$9.67||$20,100|
As you might expect the New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner metropolitan area has the highest concentration of medical assistant employment in the state with just under 2100 jobs. This is followed by the Baton Rouge and Lafayette areas with just under 1100 in Baton Rouge and about 600 in Lafayette.
At the bottom of the list is Alexandria with 200 jobs and Monroe with about 170.
When you look at the average annual salary data across the state you notice there is a fairly wide range.
The New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner area has the highest salaries at $29,350. Baton Rouge is next at $27,340 and Shreveport-Bossier City follows with$26,980 rounding out the top three areas of highest salaries.
Of the metropolitan areas, Monroe with an average annual salary of $23,770 and Lake Charles with $22,800 are the two lowest salary areas.
The range across the state goes from the highest of $29,350 in New Orleans to $20,990 in the nonmetropolitan area of New Iberia.
You need to remember this information can vary widely as you pursue your job search. There are many factors that will influence the actual salary being offered for any one specific job.
Make the most of any job search you undertake by putting things in your favor. That means spending the necessary time to put together as strong a resume as possible. There are things you can do to make it standout. Then make sure you write a cover letter specific to each job you are interested in. If you spend the time it will pay off for you.