The medical assistant jobs and salaries in South Carolina overall are about average. For employment South Carolina ranks 23rd in the country with a little more than 8,000 jobs.
For average annual salaries of medical assistants, South Carolina ranks 29th with an average of $29,130. Again this is just slightly below the national average of about $30,000.
To get a true picture of jobs and salaries across the state you need to look at data from the major metropolitan areas in the state.
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The table below has salary and employment data for ten metropolitan areas around the state as well as for fourr nonmetropolitan areas.
Medical Assistant Salary Information for South Carolina
|Area name||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage||Hourly median wage||Annual median wage|
|Augusta-Richmond County GA-SC||1150||$14.40||$29,950||$13.31||$27,680|
|Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville SC||2250||$14.89||$30,970||$14.21||$29,550|
|Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill NC-SC||2630||$14.45||$30,060||$14.25||$29,640|
|Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach SC||250||$13.65||$28,390||$13.06||$27,170|
|Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area||440||$13.68||$28,450||$13.08||$27,200|
|Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area||340||$12.89||$26,820||$12.66||$26,330|
|Pee Dee South Carolina nonmetropolitan area||130||$12.71||$26,440||$12.00||$24,960|
|Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area||140||$11.56||$24,050||$11.14||$23,170|
Looking first at employment levels you will see that the Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill area has the most jobs at 2,630. Note that this area includes data from both North and South Carolina. The Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville area is in second place with about 2,200 jobs.
The metropolitan areas with the fewest number of medical assistants include Florence, Anderson and Sumter with 230, 220 and 170 jobs respectively.
Looking at average annual salaries you see the top two areas reversed. The highest salaries will be found in Charleston-North Charleston- Summerville area at $30,970 and the Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill area is second with $30,060.
The lowest metropolitan areas for average salary are Spartanburg, Sumter and Florence at $28,330, $26,640 and $25,140 respectively.
While all these numbers are estimates they should prove a useful guide for anyone looking a medical assistant’s job throughout the state. Remember though that there are many factors that will influence the pay level of any particular job you may find. The best thing you can do to get the best jobs available is to prepare yourself well.
Make sure your have the proper training from an accredited medical assistant training program. This will allow you to become a certified medical assistant upon successful completion of the exam. Once you have completed this, prepare a strong resume that make you attractive to prospective employers. Prepare a good cover letter for each job you want to apply for and then get out and start applying.