A medical assistant in Kentucky makes $32,570 annually, as per the latest BLS data, which is lower than the national annual salary of $35,720. The national hourly wage is $17.17 hourly, and Kentucky pays its medical assistants an hourly salary between the range of $13 and $16. A glimpse of the hourly and annual wage for medical assistants in Kentucky is provided below:
|Resource||Hourly Salary||Annual Salary||Date Updated|
|BLS||$15.66||$32,570||March 31, 2020|
|Indeed||$14.34||$33,378||December 13, 2020|
|Salary.com||$16||$34,139||November 25, 2020|
|Ziprecruiter||$13||$27,783||December 1, 2020|
The table reflects the range of salaries available to both certified and non-certified MAs in the state. Certified MAs get not only a better salary but also more opportunities. Employers would prefer certified MAs with formal training, as the national certification stands as a testimony of their skills and aptitude in the profession.
According to indeed.com, the average per hour salary of medical assistants in Kentucky was $14.47 as of June 2, 2020, which was 7% lower than the national average.
In Kentucky, the mean hourly and annual salary of a medical assistant, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of May 2019) was $15.66 and $32,570, respectively.
|Percentile||Annual Salary (Kentucky)||Annual Salary (National)|
The above table represents that the annual salary of medical assistants in Kentucky was lower than the national average wage.
Salaries differ within the same state or even city for several reasons, both external and internal. Here’s a look at the top 8 cities in KY that pay the highest hourly salary to its medical assistants:
|City||Per Hour Salary (indeed.com)||Per Hour Salary (salary.com)|
As per the latest information from indeed.com, the highest paying city in Kentucky was Florence, KY, with $16.16, closely followed by Louisville, KY at $15.31 and Edgewood, KY at $14.20. The lowest paying cities were recorded to be Owensboro, KY, and Elizabethtown, KY, with $13.83 and $13.44, respectively.
Here are the top 9 metropolitan areas in Kentucky which pay the highest salary to their medical assistants. A comprehensive insight with all the figures can be found below:
|Metropolitan Area||Mean Annual Wage||10th Percentile Wage||50th Percentile (Median) Wage||90th Percentile Wage|
|Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN||$34,780||$25,850||$34,830||$45,060|
|Bowling Green, KY||$28,600||$20,080||$28,180||$38,610|
|Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY||$30,290||$24,420||$30,090||$38,060|
Source: BLS (as of March 31, 2020)
As per Bureau of Labor records updated on March 31, 2020, Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN pays the highest salary of $35,100 to MAs it employs. The second place is occupied by Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN and the third place’s proud occupant is Lexington-Fayette, KY. When all percentiles are compared, these two metropolitan areas continue to share the second and third positions in an interchanging manner. The lowest is paid by Owensboro, KY, and Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY.
BLS data confirms Kentucky employs a total number of 9,940 medical assistants, and the employment rate per 1,000 is 5.24, with the location quotient of total MA employment being 1.08. Within the state of Kentucky, the top 10 cities/areas that have the highest employment of medical assistants are:
|Metropolitan Area||Number of Employed Medical Assistants|
|Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN||3,440|
Source: BLS (as of March 31, 2020)
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN employs 4,910 medical assistants in the state, which is almost more than half of the total number of medical assistants employed. The second position is occupied by 3,440 employed MAs in Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN.
Medical assistants can be employed in many healthcare settings, from clinics, hospitals, and other intensive care units. The top 10 highest paying employers in Kentucky include the industry best:
|Employer||Per Hour Salary|
|Virginia Mason Medical Center||$19.26|
|Multicare Health System||$18.66|
|Massachusetts General Hospital||$18.15|
|Providence Health Service||$17.47|
Source: indeed (as of December 13, 2020)
Kaiser Permanente is the highest paying employer in Kentucky. It pays a record salary of $23.89, followed closely by Sutter Health, renowned for paying $20.94 per hour to its accomplished MAs. The lowest top paying employer is Providence Health & Service at $17.47, which is higher than the base national hourly salary of $17.17.
As per salary.com, a medical assistant enjoys not only a handsome annual salary of $34,139, which is 66.7% of the total compensation but also is subject to a lot of perks and benefits. A bonus of $40 is also provided, which makes up for another 0.1% of the total compensation.
Other additional perks one enjoys are listed below:
An MA enjoys healthcare insurance of $6,371, which makes up for 12.5% of the total compensation, besides the base salary and bonus.
MAs are also entitled to paid time-offs of $4,388, which make up for 8.5% of the total compensation.
Benefits pertaining to social security are also provided; 5.1% of the total payment amounts to $2,615 annually.
Your employer contributes a total of $1,675 to your retirement program, which is a total of 3.3% that goes towards securing your future beyond your working days.
A total of 2.8% is kept aside for your pension plans to secure a life after retirement for you and your family. It amounts to $1,436 annually in Kentucky.
Another 1.1% goes towards disability insurance, where you are liable to be compensated $547 annually.
Medical assistants in Kentucky also enjoy flexible working hours and do not have to work beyond their shift timings, making their desire to spend time with family or simply for leisure.
These added benefits make 33.2% of the total compensation, which is $51,159.
|Related Professions||Average Hourly Salary|
|Medical Assistant (Certified)||$14.18|
|Back Office Medical Assistant||$13.63|
|Medical Office Assistant||$12.61|
Source: indeed (as of December 13, 2020)
You can also consider similar allied healthcare professions, which pay in the same range. The salaries of a Certified MA, Back Office MA, Medical Scribe, and Medical Receptionist are provided above. They are all in the range of $12-$15, which is lower than the national base salary of a MA at $17.17.
|Related Professions||Average Annual Salary|
|Physician Assistant- Specialty||$110,967|
|Physician Assistant- Medical||$102,189|
|Medical Billing Specialist||$39,481|
|Medical Librarian Assistant||$35,670|
Source: salary.com (as of November 25, 2020)
Out of other similar professions, Physician Assistant- Specialty earns the highest $110,967 annually, followed by Physician Assistant- Medical, who makes $102,189. Other related professionals earn in the range of $32,000 and $40,000 annually.
Though no law makes it mandatory for medical assistants in KY to have certification, it is recommended that one has formal training and national certification. They act as evidence of one’s skills and aptitude in the field, at par with nationally accepted standards. To get a national certification, one can avail any of the many options available. The two most reputed ones include Registered Medical Assistant by AMT and Certified Medical Assistant by AAMA.
Both these national certifications need to be renewed after a period of 3 to 5 years. Kentucky is expanding its healthcare sector, and as per Projections Central, the annual job openings for medical assistants in the state are 1,200.
|Estimated Employment and Projected Growth (Medical Assistants)|
|Projected Area||Base Year Employment
|Numeric Change||Percentage Change||Annual Job Openings|
Source: Projections Central (2018-2028)
The table above confirms that MAs would continue to enjoy a blooming and prosperous career in Kentucky all through 2028 and beyond.
Written by : Casey Gardner
Casey Gardner is both a healthcare support professional and an accomplished content creator. She has been working as a certified health care professional with marketable skills as a physician assistant, and a qualified medical assistant for last two decades. She has dedicated her nursing career to produce over hundreds of content pieces since 2001, and her work has been published both online as well as offline.