A medical assistant in Nevada makes between $14 and $18 per hour. The highest annual salary observed by an MA in the state is $37,186, whereas the lowest is $28,345, according to data from salary.com and ZipRecruiter, respectively.
|Resource||Hourly Salary||Annual Salary||Date Updated|
|BLS||$16.76||$34,860||March 31, 2020|
|Indeed||$14.94||$34,779||December 13, 2020|
|Salary.com||$18||$37,186||November 25, 2020|
|ZipRecruiter||$14||$28,345||October 23, 2020|
The above table reflects the salary for certified as well as non-certified medical assistants employed in Nevada. However, it must be noted that top employers have an established preference for certified professionals from the field that exhibit a dedication to their vocation and are equipped with adequate formal training.
According to the latest data available on indeed.com, uploaded on September 23, 2020, medical assistants in Nevada obtain a salary of $14.88 per hour. The state pays its medical assistants at par with the national hourly wage.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics data reveals that the mean hourly salary of medical assistants in Nevada is $16.76, and the annual mean wage is $34,860, as of May 2019.
|Percentile||Annual Salary (Nevada)||Annual Salary (National)|
Source: BLS (as of May 2019)
As the table depicts, the annual salary of MAs in NV is higher than the national annual salary of medical assistants at the 10th and 25th percentiles. It is almost at par with the national salary at the 50th percentile but becomes lower than the national average at 75th and 90th percentiles.
As salaries of medical assistants differ between states, wages difference between cities within a state too. There are numerous factors responsible for it. Without going into these, here’s a glimpse at the top 8 cities in Nevada that are known for paying the highest hourly salary to their MAs:
|City||Per Hour Salary (indeed.com)||Per Hour Salary (salary.com)|
|Carson City, NV||$19.19||$18|
|Incline Village, NV||$19.06||$18|
|Boulder City, NV||$16.52||$18|
|Las Vegas, NV||$14.37||$18|
Source: indeed.com (December 13, 2020) & salary.com (November 25, 2020)
According to the data from indeed.com, the highest paying city in Nevada was Carson City at $19.19, closely followed by Incline Village at $19.06 and Sparks at $17.05. The lowest paying city is Henderson and Las Vegas, according to indeed.com, whereas according to other reports, it is Elko at $15.
As cities have different salaries, metropolitan areas also have different wages for the medical assistants they employ, owing to several factors. Here are the top 3 metropolitan areas that pay the highest salaries to their MAs:
|Metropolitan Area||Mean Annual Wage||10th Percentile Wage||50th Percentile (Median) Wage||90th Percentile Wage|
|Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV||$34,480||$26,590||$34,150||$44,040|
|Carson City, NV||$36,790||$32,230||$36,980||$41,990|
Source: BLS (as of March 31, 2020)
The highest-paying metropolitan area in Nevada is Reno, NV at $47,050 90th percentile wage and $36,250 mean annual salary, closely followed by Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV at $34,480 mean annual wage and $34,150 median salary, whereas its 90th percentile wage goes up to $44,040 and leaves the other metropolitan area Carson City, NV behind ($41,990 90th percentile wage).
BLS data reflects that the total number of employed medical assistants in Nevada is 6,800, and the location quotient of employment is 1.01. Also, 4.88 is the employment per 1,000 rate. Here are the top 3 cities that have the highest number of employed MAs:
|Metropolitan Area||Number of Employed Medical Assistants|
|Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV||5,310|
|Carson City, NV||160|
Source: BLS (as of March 31, 2020)
Out of the total 6,800 employed MAs in the state, Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV employs more than 90% of the total number. A total of 5,310 employed MAs are working in metropolitan areas. The other 2 places that make it to the top 3 cities include Reno, NV and Carson City, NV.
Medical assistants are employed in many settings, from hospitals and clinics to ambulatory settings. The top 10 highest paying employers in Nevada include:
|Employer||Per Hour Salary|
|Perry Ellis International, Inc||$28.00|
|Virginia Mason Medical Center||$21.12|
|NYU Langone Health||$20.71|
|Summit Medical Group||$19.73|
|Tahoe Forest Hospital District||$19.30|
|MultiCare Health System||$18.50|
|Massachusetts General Hospital||$18.15|
Source: Indeed (as of December 13, 2020)
Kaiser Permanente is the highest paying employer in many states, but in Nevada, the top-paying employer is Perry Elis International, Inc, with a $28 hourly salary for its MAs. The second position is occupied by Kaiser Permanente, with $23.89, and The Polyclinic occupies the third position with $22.52.
According to the recent data from salary.com, the base salary of a medical assistant is $37,186, which makes up for 67.4% of the total compensation. A bonus of $44 is also provided, which makes up for another 0.1% of their payment. Total compensation for the MAs in the state comes to $55,158. Other perks medical assistants enjoy in Nevada include:
A medical assistant enjoys healthcare insurance of $6,371, which makes up for 11.6% of their total compensation, in addition to their base salary and bonus.
Medical assistants in Nevada also enjoy paid time-offs of $4,725, contributing to a whopping 8.6% of their total compensation.
5.2% of their total compensation is put towards social security, which makes up for $2,848.
A total of 3.3% of compensation is kept towards the retirement program. Your employer contributes $1,824 to this retirement plan yearly.
Your employer keeps aside 2.8% for your pension plans to secure your life after retirement. It amounts to $1,564 every year in Nevada.
An additional 1.1% goes towards the disability insurance for MAs, where compensation of $596 is kept aside.
Medical assistants in Nevada are also entitled to flexible working hours, and they do not have to tire beyond their working hours.
|Related Professions||Average Hourly Salary|
|Certified Medical Assistant||$14.98|
|Back Office Medical Assistant||$14.32|
|Medical Office Assistant||$14.33|
Source: indeed (as of December 13, 2020)
There are numerous other allied healthcare professions that pay in the same range as a medical assistant. These professions pay between $13 and $15 per hour. The highest paying similar job is a Clinical Assistant who earns $20.65 per hour, followed by a Certified MA, which makes $14.98, and Back Office MA with $14.32.
|Related Professions||Average Yearly Salary|
|Physician Assistant- Specialty||$120,872|
|Physician Assistant- Medical||$111,311|
|Medical Billing Specialist||$43,005|
|Medical Librarian Assistant||$38,854|
Source: salary.com (as of November 25, 2020)
Out of other similar professions, Physician Assistant- Specialty earns the highest ($120,872) in a year, closely followed by Physician Assistant- Medical, earning $111,311 yearly. Other related professionals, such as Medical Billing Specialist or Medical Librarian Assistant, make in the range of $35,000 and $43,000 annually.
Healthcare and allied healthcare professions are ranked within the top 10 works of the state, as per the latest research. The demand for medical assistants in Nevada is only expected to rise in the coming years, as an anticipated growth of approximately 26% has been recorded by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In this scenario, it is crucial to have a competitive edge over other medical assistant aspirants by having formal training from an institute with CAAHEP or ABHES accreditation and national certification.
Numerous organizations provide nationally acclaimed certifications as well that stand out as evidence of your skills and aptitude. However, the 2 most reputed institutions are:
|Estimated Employment and Projected Growth (Medical Assistants)|
|Projected Area||Base Year Employment
|Numeric Change||Percentage Change||Annual Job Openings|
Source: Projections Central
With the annual job openings at 260, as reported by Projections Central, Nevada has a prosperous future for medical assistants and medical assistant aspirants. The percentage change noted between the base year of employment in 2018 and the projected employment year of 2028 is 25.6%, and the numeric change is 440.
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.