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Medical Assistant Salary and Employment Data for North Dakota

North Dakota State SealThe Truth of the matter is that medical assistant jobs in North Dakota are few in number. North Dakota ranks last among the 50 states for the number employed as medical assistants. The state employment stands at only 410 statewide.

However, the average annual salary is not all that bad. North Dakota ranks 25th among the states for the highest salary. The average salary statewide stands at $29,920. So when you find a job as a medical assistant the pay level will be about average across the country.

To see the picture for employment levels and salaries in the state you need to look various locations across the state.


The table below breaks out the state data for the three major metropolitan areas and three nonmetropolitan areas across the state.

Medical Assistant Salary Information for North Dakota

Area nameEmploymentHourly mean wageAnnual mean wageHourly median wageAnnual median wage
Bismarck, ND120$15.17$31,550$15.54$32,330
Fargo ND-MN170$13.31$27,680$13.23$27,510
Grand Forks ND-MN40$15.99$33,250$16.20$33,700
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan areaN/A$15.37$31,980$15.50$32,230
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area40$13.92$28,950$13.85$28,810
East Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area30$15.55$32,350$15.57$32,390
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


First it is interesting to note that salary variations across these locations are rather small. This is in some part due to the small number of jobs reported. The Fargo area has the largest number of jobs at 170 while Grand Forks has the fewest at around 40.

You will find the highest average annual salaries in the Grand Forks area at $33,250. This clearly shows that the highest salaries are not always where the most jobs are. This is a good salary level in Grand Forks and might reflect the need to attract more people into the profession.

Fargo, while it has the most jobs in the state actually has the lowest average salary at $27,680. Again, just because an area has the most jobs doesn’t necessarily mean they are the highest paying.

Salaries are also pretty good in a couple of the nonmetropolitan areas in the East Central and Far Western parts of the state.

You have to remember that these numbers are estimates. Your job search may show significant variations. Use these numbers only as a guide as to what you might expect when you begin your own search.

Where there are fewer jobs available it becomes very important to stand out in the crowd. Make sure you have the best training and make sure you get that certification. Then prepare a great resume and cover letter and be aggressive in your job hunting. Your efforts will pay off in the end.