If you are looking for a medical assistant’s job in West Virginia, this information should be very useful to you. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, West Virginia ranks 35 among the states in medical assistant employment. There are just over 3,200 medical assistant jobs throughout the state.
However the news is not that encouraging for the average annual salaries of those jobs on a state wide basis. West Virginia is dead last at number 50 for average annual salaries for medical assistants. The statewide average salary stands at $24,360 according to the latest information available.
But to really understand the salary and jobs picture in West Virginia you need to look at more detailed state data. West Virginia has some unique aspects that you need to understand.
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The Table below breaks down the state data into ten regional metropolitan areas and two other areas outside the major population centers.
Medical Assistant Salary and Jobs Information for West Virginia
|Area name||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage||Hourly median wage||Annual median wage|
|Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division||6210||$16.81||$34,970||$16.53||$34,370|
|Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area||370||$11.46||$23,830||$10.88||$22,640|
|North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area||640||$10.70||$22,260||$10.63||$22,110|
The first thing you must recognize is that because of the way the data is reported by major population centers you will find many overlapping states. The most obvious is the Washington data. This would indicate that the highest employment and salaries in West Virginia are in this area. While this is true, most of those jobs are not totally in West Virginia. But if you live and work in this area the news is very good for employment and the salary you might find.
Disregarding that area, the Charleston area has the highest number of medical assistants employed at about 830. The Huntington-Ashland area comes in next at 740 jobs.
At the other end of the employment range are Cumberland and the Steubenville-Weirton area with 150 and 100 jobs respectively.
Looking at the average annual salary data outside of the Washington area you see something interesting. The Cumberland area which has a low number of jobs has the highest average salary at $27,830. The Charleston Area which had the largest number of jobs has an average salary of $24,690.
Of the major metropolitan areas, The Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna area has the lowest average salaries at $23,060.
In West Virginia it is clear that where you are looking for a job will have a significant influence on job availability and the salary.
Make sure you prepare well for your job search. That starts with getting the right training and the right credentials. Get that medical assistant certification. It’s more important today than it ever has been. Have a good resume and an eye catching cover letter and you will be successful in your job search.