Here is the latest medical assistant salary and jobs data for Oklahoma from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It should be used as a guide for anyone looking for a better paying job or for anyone just starting out in the field.
Oklahoma ranks right in the middle of the fifty states at number 25 for employment of medical assistants. So there are a fairly good number of current jobs filled. The salary picture however is a bit different.
When you look at the average annual salary for medical assistants on a statewide basis Oklahoma ranks near the bottom at number 48. To see the differences across locations in the state you need to look more detailed state information.
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The table below breaks the state data out into four metropolitan areas and four areas outside the major cities.
Medical Assistant Salary Information for Oklahoma
|Area name||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage||Hourly median wage||Annual median wage|
|Fort Smith, AR-OK||120||$11.02||$22,920||$10.82||$22,510|
|Oklahoma City OK||3680||$11.93||$24,820||$11.69||$24,310|
|Northeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area||510||$12.57||$26,140||$10.74||$22,330|
|Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area||400||$11.12||$23,120||$10.76||$22,380|
|Southwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area||330||$10.54||$21,920||$10.37||$21,560|
|Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area||530||$11.70||$24,340||$11.46||$23,830|
The highest number of jobs in the state is found in the Oklahoma City area. This is probably not a surprise. Employment there stands at almost 3,700 jobs. The Tulsa area is next with about 1,700 jobs.
The Lawton area and the area around Fort Smith have the lowest employment levels at 140 and 120 respectively.
When you look at the average annual salaries you find Tulsa at the top of the list with average salaries of $27,850. In second place is the Northeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area at $26,140. Oklahoma City is in third place at $24,820.
Lawton is has the lowest salaries of the major cities at $22,700. Some may find this salary information surprising or maybe even disappointing. But remember, these are estimates and many things can and will affect the actual pay levels you may find in your job search.
The best thing you can do if you’re just starting out or if you want to find a better medical assisting job is to take steps that will allow you to better stand out for potential employers. Make you have or will get the best training. To stay ahead of the competition you need to be certified. Finally when you begin your job search make sure you have the best resume possible along with a cover letter that will get the attention of potential employers.
Take these steps and they will pay off for you in the long run. It’s your future – invest in it.