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The Highest Paying Medical Assistant Specialties

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The Highest Paying Medical Assistant Specialties

Becoming a medical assistant can be a very rewarding career. However, if you become a traveling medical assistant, you can maximize your income in this career field. Furthermore, you can increase this even more by picking up a specialty.

There are over fifty specialties you can choose from, but we are going to cover the top five highest paid medical assistant specialties, the top five states for becoming one, the top five industries to go into, and provide you with all other relevant information pertaining to this topic.


Top 5 States to Become a Medical Assistant:

  • Washington D.C.
    • Number Employed: 1,180
    • Hourly Mean Wage: $19.16
    • Annual Mean Wage: $39,860
  • Alaska
    • Number Employed: 1,440
    • Hourly Mean Wage: $19.08
    • Annual Mean Wage: $39,680
  • Massachusetts
    • Number Employed: 16,100
    • Hourly Mean Wage: $18.09
    • Annual Mean Wage: $37,640
  • Washington State
    • Number Employed: 12,850
    • Hourly Mean Wage: $17.24
    • Annual Mean Wage: $35,850
  • Connecticut
    • Number Employed: 6,920
    • Hourly Mean Wage: $17.00
    • Annual Mean Wage: $35,360

Top 5 Industries for Medical Assistants:

  • Scientific Research and Development Services
    • Hourly Mean Wage: $17,63
    • Annual Mean Wage: $36,670
  • Personal Care Services:
    • Hourly Mean Wage: $17.32
    • Annual Mean Wage: $36,030
  • Insurance Carriers:
    • Hourly Mean Wage: $16.87
    • Annual Mean Wage: $35,090
  • Colleges, Universities, and Professional Skills:
    • Hourly Mean Wage: $16.69
    • Annual Mean Wage: $34,720
  • Offices of Dentists
    • Hourly Mean Wage: $16.62
    • Annual Mean Wage: $34,570

Besides niching down like we are going to cover, there are also a few things you can do to increase your salary as a medical assistant. These things can be used in negotiating your salary, so that you can get the best bang for your experience.

  • Amount of experience
  • Specific industry or setting where you work
  • What certifications you have
  • What specialty care you can offer
  • Cost of living for area
  • Demand for medical assistants in a given area

Top 5 Highest Paying Traveling Medical Assistant Salary Specialty’s:

  • Medical Record and Health Information Technician
    • Minimum Education: Postsecondary certificate or associate’s degree
    • Job Growth: 15%
    • Salary: $35,900
  • Dental Assistant
    • Minimum Education: Graduation from an accredited postsecondary program, depending on the state
    • Job Growth: 18%
    • Salary: $35,980
  • Licensed Practical and Vocational Nurse (LPN/LVN)
    • Minimum Education: Completion of a postsecondary program
    • Job Growth: 16%
    • Salary: $42,490
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
    • Minimum Education: Associate’s degree
    • Job Growth: 41%
    • Salary: $54,410
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
    • Minimum Education: Associate’s degree
    • Job Growth: 43%
    • Salary: $56,950

Traveling Medical Assistant Benefits

In addition to what can be a very solid salary, traveling medical assistants also receive a lot of benefits. Here is a list of the most common and what percentage of traveling CMAs receive them:

  • Paid Vacation (84%)
  • Dental (76%)
  • Major medical (75%)
  • Vision (67%)
  • Sick leave (63%)
  • Disability (59%)
  • Accidental death (48%)
  • Discount prescription (43%)
  • Basic hospitalization (41%)
  • Professional liability (24%)
  • Other (7%)
  • None (6%)

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Some of the best medical assistant travel assignments will have the majority of the above benefits. We also know where to look for that next assignment. Our online job board here at Healthcare Consultant helps connect you with your next best career opportunity.


How to Become a Traveling Medical Assistant

Becoming a traveling CMA is something you might be interested in after reading this blog. If so, you’ll need several things to get into the field.

  • Diploma in Medical Assisting (DMA)
    • Takes 10 months and allows a faster start to your career.
  • Associate of Science in Medical Assisting Services (ASMAS)
    • 16 months program that will teach you the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in this field.

Interested in landing a job in this field? Check out our opportunities on Healthcare Consultant!


The Highest Paying Medical Assistant Specialties
Jake Tilk

Jake is the Digital Marketing Manager for OptyConnect and Healthcare Consultant. He holds a B.B.A. in Marketing with a minor in Business from Western Michigan University and has a certification in Software Development.

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