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Medical Assistant Salary and Jobs Data for North Carolina

North Carolina State SealIf you are looking for a medical assistant job in North Carolina, then here is the latest information on North Carolina salaries and jobs. There are a good number of job opportunities in North Carolina. The State ranks 11th among all 50 states for medical assistant employment.

The average medical assistant salary in North Carolina however is in the lower half of the 50 states. The average annual salary for medical assistants in North Carolina is $29,090. This puts it in 30th place among the states.

These numbers are statewide averages and do not always tell the full story. You need to look jobs and salary levels in different parts of the state to get a clear picture of job opportunities.


The table below breaks out state data for 15 metropolitan areas and four nonmetropolitan areas around the state. Some of the metropolitan areas cross state lines but they do reflect the major population centers.

Medical Assistant Salary Information for North Carolina

Area nameEmploymentHourly mean wageAnnual mean wageHourly median wageAnnual median wage
Asheville, NC1060$13.83$28,760$13.61$28,300
Burlington NC160$13.58$28,250$13.45$27,970
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill NC-SC2630$14.45$30,060$14.25$29,640
Durham-Chapel Hill NC1100$14.50$30,150$14.01$29,150
Fayetteville NC420$12.09$25,140$11.70$24,330
Goldsboro NC170$12.18$25,340$12.23$25,440
Greensboro-High Point NC1280$14.17$29,470$13.89$28,890
Greenville NC360$13.15$27,350$12.77$26,550
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton NC540$13.50$28,080$13.42$27,900
Jacksonville NC150$13.09$27,230$13.06$27,170
Raleigh-Cary NC1500$14.49$30,130$14.53$30,220
Rocky Mount NC130$12.84$26,710$13.03$27,090
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News VA-NC2560$13.31$27,690$13.04$27,110
Wilmington NC920$14.69$30,560$14.35$29,850
Winston-Salem NC840$14.68$30,540$14.22$29,580
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area610$12.97$26,970$12.91$26,850
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area830$12.89$26,810$12.48$25,960
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area770$13.75$28,600$13.62$28,340
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area850$13.43$27,930$13.26$27,580
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The largest area of medical assistant jobs is found in the Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill area. The employment level there is just over 2600 jobs. This is followed by the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News area with a little over 2500 jobs.

The metropolitan area that has the fewest number of medical assisting jobs is in Rocky Mount with just 130 jobs. The Goldsboro, Burlington and Jacksonville areas are also on the low end of the list.

If you look at the average annual salary for medical assistants there is a slightly different ranking. The Wilmington area has the highest average salary at $30,560. Other comparable areas include Winston-Salem at $30,540, Durham-Chapel Hill at $30,150 and Raleigh-Cary at $30,130.

At the other end of the scale are Rocky Mount, Goldsboro and Fayetteville with average annual salaries of $26,710, $25,340 and $25,140 respectively.

If you are looking for medical assistant jobs outside the major cities you will find the highest salaries in the Western Central North Carolina area at $28,600.

It is important to remember that all these numbers are estimates and will change over time. For this reason you may find considerable variation in any particular job opportunity. To get the best jobs out there make sure you are among the best qualified. Get the right training and medical assistant certification that will help you stand out among the crowd. Then when you’re ready to start your job search make sure you have a good strong resume and cover letter to get you those job interviews.