On average the state of Maryland ranks fairly high among the states for medical assistant employment and salaries. It is well within the upper half of the states. It ranks 19th among the states for medical assistant employment and 14th among states for average annual salary.
This should be good news for anyone looking for a job as a medical assistant in the state.
The table below breaks out both employment and salary information for seven metropolitan areas and three nonmetropolitan areas across the state. Given the population centers in Maryland you will find that many of the metropolitan areas include parts of neighboring states. While this may seem to skew the Maryland data remember these are significant population centers that just happen to cross state boundaries. It is not uncommon for individuals to live in one state and work in another.
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Medical Assistant Salary Data for Maryland
|Area name||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage||Hourly median wage||Annual median wage|
|Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick MD Metropolitan Division||2430||$16.16||$33,610||$16.09||$33,460|
|Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division||6210||$16.81||$34,970||$16.53||$34,370|
|Wilmington DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division||1270||$15.94||$33,160||$15.77||$32,810|
|Upper Eastern Shore nonmetropolitan area||230||$15.98||$33,230||$14.69||$30,550|
|Garrett County Maryland nonmetropolitan area||50||$12.52||$26,030||$12.50||$26,000|
|St. Mary's County Maryland nonmetropolitan area||80||$13.84||$28,780||$14.00||$29,120|
As you might expect, the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria area has the highest medical assistant employment. This area covers DC, Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia. A large but heavily populated area. Employment here is just over 6200. In second place is the Baltimore-Towson area. It has about 4600 jobs.
At the lower end is Salisbury with just under 300 jobs and Cumberland with about 150.
When you look at the average annual salary, The Washington-Arlington-Alexandria area is again in first place with an average annual salary of $34,970. In second place is The Bethesda-Rockville-Fredrick area with $33,610.
At the lower end of the metropolitan areas is Cumberland at $27,830 and Hagerstown-Martinsburg at $27,210. The Garrett County nonmetropolitan area has the lowest average annual salary in the state at $26,030.
You can see there is a fairly wide range in average annual salary across the state. This means that where you are looking for that job can have a significant impact on the pay level you might find. But remember these statistics are estimates that can and do change over time. Plus, there are many factors that will determine the actual pay level of any given job.
If you prepare for your job search with a good resume and cover letter you will be well on your way to getting those interviews. Take the time to do it right. It will be to your benefit in the long run.