The State of Virginia ranks well among the states for medical assistant employment. It stands at number 18 with about 10,300 jobs being reported. So if you’re looking for a job in the state you should have a good chance of finding something.
When you look at the average annual salaries across the state Virginia ranks about in the same place at number 22 among the states. It has an average annual salary statewide of $30,490.
To really understand the job and salary picture in Virginia you need to look more closely at the state data.
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The Table below breaks out the state data into eleven metropolitan areas and four areas outside the major cities. This will give you a better picture of where the jobs are and what salary you might expect.
Medical Assistant Salary and Jobs Information for Virginia
|Area name||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage||Hourly median wage||Annual median wage|
|Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News VA-NC||2560||$13.31||$27,690||$13.04||$27,110|
|Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division||6210||$16.81||$34,970||$16.53||$34,370|
|Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area||360||$11.42||$23,760||$11.11||$23,110|
|Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area||90||$12.25||$25,490||$12.07||$25,100|
|Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area||110||$12.30||$25,580||$12.45||$25,890|
|Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area||340||$14.70||$30,580||$13.86||$28,830|
Certainly the areas that you expect the highest employment of medical assistants would be the Washington DC area. This is in fact the case. This metropolitan area has over 6,200 reported medical assistant jobs. A distant second is the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News area with about 2,500 jobs.
The metropolitan areas with the fewest jobs are Danville and Harrisonburg with 130 and 110 respectively.
Sometimes the area with most jobs is not the area with the highest average salaries. In the case of Virginia this is not so. The Washington area has the most jobs and the highest average salaries. Average salaries in the Washington area are almost $35,000. The Richmond area which has the third highest number of jobs has an average salary of about $30,000.
The Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News area which has the second highest number of jobs has an average salary of $27,690. The metropolitan area with the lowest average salary is the Lynchburg area at $26,170.
The lowest salaries in the state are found outside the major cities in the Southern and Southwestern parts of the state. Here the average salaries stand at $25,490 and $23,760. Virginia has one of the widest ranges of average salaries of any state in the country. Where you will be looking for a job might make a significant difference in the salary.
But you should use these numbers only as a guide in your job search. There are so many factors that can influence the salary of any particular job. Get the right training and get certified. Prepare a good resume and you will be successful in the long run.