This information should be useful for anyone looking for a better job or a new job as a medical assistant in Oregon. The state ranks 24th in the country for the number of people employed as a medical assistant. The number is 7,720.
When you look at average annual salaries for medical assistants, the state ranks 7th in the country. The average salary in Oregon statewide is $33,510. Overall the prospects for finding a relatively good paying job as a medical assistant in Oregon are pretty good.
To better understand the employment and salary picture you need to look at more detailed state information.
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The table below breaks out the sate data into six metropolitan areas and four other areas outside the major cities.
Medical Assistant Salary Information for Oregon
|Area name||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage||Hourly median wage||Annual median wage|
|Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area||420||$15.56||$32,360||$14.81||$30,790|
|Southern Oregon and Linn County nonmetropolitan area||410||$14.26||$29,660||$14.24||$29,610|
|North Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area||280||$13.71||$28,520||$13.15||$27,350|
|Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area||250||$15.92||$33,110||$15.05||$31,300|
From the employment perspective, the Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro area has by far the highest level of medical assistant employment. This does overlap with the State of Washington. Employment there stands at 4,720 jobs. The next highest area is The Salem area but its number drops to 840 jobs.
The Corvallis area has the fewest number of medical assistant jobs at about 140. This is one state where it is quite clear where the vast majority of the jobs are located. This doesn’t mean however, it will be impossible to find jobs outside the Portland area.
Looking at the average annual salaries, the highest are found in the Bend area. Here salaries average $34,860 per year. Yet this area has only about 430 medical assistants employed. The Portland area has the second highest salaries at $34,620 – almost identical.
The lowest salaries will be found in Corvallis and Medford at $32,320 and $32,230 respectively. If you are looking for jobs outside the major cities, the highest salaries will be found in Eastern Oregon where they stand at about $33,110 on average.
Numbers should only serve as a guide as to what to expect in your job search. Many things can affect both the number of jobs and the pay level at any particular time. Take your time and take an in depth look at the job market in your area.
Make sure you have prepared yourself to meet the competition. Get the proper training and certification to standout in the crowd. Build a strong resume and cover letter that will get the attention of potential employers. The time you spend will be the best investment in yourself you can make.