For anyone planning on looking for a medical assistant’s job in Wisconsin the news is pretty encouraging. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in their latest study, Wisconsin ranked 17th in medical assistant employment. Employment stands at 10,750.
It has a similar ranking for the average annual salary of medical assistants in the state. Wisconsin ranks 18th in average annual salaries for medical assistants. The average in Wisconsin for medical assistants is $31,390.
But statewide numbers sometimes can be misleading if you are looking for a job in a particular area of the state. To get a better picture you have to look at more detailed state information.
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The table below breaks out Wisconsin data into 15 metropolitan areas and five areas outside the major population centers. As in the case with most states, many of the major markets cross state boundaries. This is true in Wisconsin as well.
Medical Assistant Salary and Jobs Information for Wisconsin
|Area name||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage||Hourly median wage||Annual median wage|
|Eau Claire WI||270||$14.90||$31,000||$14.83||$30,840|
|Fond du Lac WI||180||$15.01||$31,230||$14.23||$29,610|
|Green Bay WI||680||$14.50||$30,160||$14.32||$29,780|
|La Crosse WI-MN||500||$14.58||$30,330||$14.50||$30,150|
|Lake County-Kenosha County IL-WI Metropolitan Division||1160||$15.18||$31,560||$15.27||$31,770|
|Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis WI||3360||$15.38||$32,000||$15.28||$31,780|
|Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI||6140||$15.99||$33,260||$16.18||$33,660|
|Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area||400||$15.10||$31,410||$15.22||$31,670|
|West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area||1250||$15.18||$31,570||$14.76||$30,690|
|South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area||430||$14.22||$29,570||$14.10||$29,320|
|Southwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area||200||$14.54||$30,250||$14.30||$29,740|
|Northern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area||260||$14.37||$29,890||$14.19||$29,520|
Looking first at the employment rankings you’ll find the area with most jobs to be in the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington area with 6,140 jobs. Because of the state overlap many of those jobs are in fact in Minnesota. The second highest area for jobs is the Milwaukee area with 3,360. In third place is the area around Lake County and Kenosha County in Ill. Employment here is 1,160.
At the bottom of the rankings are Fond du Lac and Wausau both with about 180 jobs.
If you look at the average annual salaries in Wisconsin the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington area reports the highest salaries for medical assistants at $33,260. Madison is in second place with $32,470.
It is interesting to note that Duluth and Appleton, which both have relatively fewer jobs, has some of the highest average salaries in the state at $32,330 and $32,010 respectively.
Green Bay and Racine are on the lower end of the pay range with $30,160 and $28,580 respectively.
Remember these numbers are estimates and they will change over time. To give yourself the best possible chance at the job you want, make sure you prepare well. That starts with getting the right training and certification. Being a certified medical assistant is more important today than it ever has been.
When you’re ready to start your job search, have a good resume and a cover letter that stand out for prospective employers. Take the time to do this right and you will find that job.