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How Much Does a Medical Assistant Make in New Hampshire?

A medical assistant in New Hampshire makes $17.17 per hour, which according to indeed.com, is 10% higher than the average national hourly salary of medical assistants. More precise insight into their hourly & annual salaries is provided below:

Resource Hourly Salary Annual Salary Date Updated
BLS $17.97 $37,370 March 31, 2020
Indeed $17.18 $39,990 February 1, 2021
Salary.com $18 $36,954 January 29, 2021
ZipRecruiter $14 $29,257 January 24, 2021

Medical assistants earn between $14 and $17.97 per hour in the state, as per the data from various wage resources shown above. Their salaries are dependent upon many factors like skills, certification, demographic location, and formal training. Certified MAs with more skilled specializations draw more salaries than their amateur counterparts.

Medical Assistant Pay in NH at Different Percentiles

Percentile Annual Salary (New Hampshire) Annual Salary (National)
10% $30,150 $25,820
25% $33,680 $29,460
50% $37,230 $34,800
75% $41,330 $40,270
90% $47,690 $48,720

Source: BLS (as of March 31, 2020)

As evident by the table above, the annual salary of medical assistants in New Hampshire was more than the national average at all percentiles, except 90 percentile.

Highest Paying Cities for Medical Assistants in NH

Here are the top-paying cities for MAs in New Hampshire:

City Per Hour Salary (salary.com) Per Hour Salary (indeed.com)
Portsmouth, NH $18 $18.01
Salem, NH $19 $17.96
Keene, NH $18 $17.33
Nashua, NH $19 $17.15
Exeter, NH $18 $16.78
Derry, NH $18 $16.54
Bedford, NH $18 $16.54
Concord, NH $18 $16.48
Somersworth, NH $18 $16.44
Manchester, NH $18 $15.72
Rochester, NH $18 $15.79

Source: salary.com (as of January 29, 2021) and indeed.com (as of February 1, 2021)

According to indeed.com, the highest hourly salary of NH was recorded by Portsmouth, followed by Salem, both paying around $18 per hour. If we consider salary.com, Salem and Nashua are the 2 top-paying New Hampshire cities that provide $19 to their medical assistants per hour. The rest of the cities paid $18, as per salary.com.

Highest Paying Metropolitan Areas for New Hampshire Medical Assistants

Different metropolitan areas pay medical assistants differently for their spatial extents, network characteristics, internal structures, and socio-economic functions. The highest-paying metropolitan areas for NH MAs are:

Metropolitan Area Mean Annual Wage 10th Percentile Wage 50th Percentile (Median) Wage 90th Percentile Wage
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH $42,560 $32,490 $41,610 $54,640
Manchester, NH $37,520 $30,520 $37,230 $47,630
Portsmouth, NH-ME $36,790 $30,130 $36,760 $46,260
Dover-Durham, NH-ME $38,460 $29,570 $38,350 $48,870

Sources: BLS (as of March 31, 2020)

The highest-paying metropolitan area in New Hampshire is Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, which paid their MAs more than $42,000 mean annual wage, and the second position is taken by Dover-Durham.

Top 3 Cities/Areas with Highest Employment

New Hampshire employs a total of 2,770 medical assistants. The location quotient is 0.86. The employment rate per 1,000 is 4.19. The top 3 metropolitan areas with the highest employment in New Hampshire are:

Metropolitan Area Number of Employed Medical Assistants
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 10,860
Manchester, NH 700
Portsmouth, NH-ME 430

Sources: BLS (as of March 31, 2020)

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua metropolitan area not only pays the best to its MAs, but it also employs the highest professionals in NH, followed by Manchester and Portsmouth.

Top 10 Paying Employers for Medical Assistants in New Hampshire

Though New Hampshire has a mean average hourly salary of $17.18, medical assistants draw higher hourly salaries from high paying employers. The top 10 paying employers for MAs in NH are:

Employer Per Hour Salary
Kaiser Permanente $23.56
UCLA Health $23.41
NYU Langone Health $20.74
Virginia Mason $20.00
Scripps Health $19.76
Atrius Health $19.54
Massachusetts General Hospital $18.15
Providence $18.06
Maxim Healthcare Group $17.50
Action Urgent Care $17.42

Source: indeed (as of February 1, 2021)

The top 3 top-paying employers in New Hampshire are Kaiser Permanente, UCLA Health, and NYU Langone Health. Kaiser Permanente and NYU Langone Health are 2 of the highest-paying employers consistently in most US states. Other medical assistant employers in the state paid between $17 to $21 per hour.

Benefits for New Hampshire Medical Assistants other than Salaries

A medical assistant in New Hampshire earns a base salary of $36,954, which is 67.4% of the total compensative value, along with a bonus of $42, which makes up for 0.1%. The total compensation received by them comes to $54,851, including several other benefits they receive throughout the year. These added benefits compositely make up 32.5% of their total remuneration. Take a look at these perks:

  • Healthcare

    $6,371 is paid to medical assistants in New Hampshire in addition to the base salary compensation, which makes up 11.6% of the total benefit value.

  • Time Off

    A total of 8.6% of compensation value is reserved towards covering paid time off of medical assistants in the state, which makes up for $4,696 in a year.

  • Social Security

    $2,830 is allotted towards benefits MAs in NH receive for social security needs, and it covers 5.2% of their total compensation value.

  • 401K/403B

    $1,813 is reserved for retirement plans and savings that would make 3.3% of the total compensation value.

  • Pension

    Another $1,554 is reserved for ensuring you have a stable and happy life post retirement, thus making up for 2.8% of the total compensation value.

  • Disability

    1.1% is saved towards disability insurance, which is $592 annually.

  • Flexible Work Hours

    As MAs in NH are employed in various clinical and ambulatory settings that do not open on nights or are operational on holidays and weekends, they do not have to work those shifts.

    (Source: salary.com as of January 29, 2021)

Salaries of Similar Professions in New Hampshire

To understand whether you want to be in this profession, besides knowing how much medical assistants make in New Hampshire, you need to know the salaries of related professions.

Related Professions Average Hourly Salary
Dermatology Assistant $24.37
Certified Medical Assistant $16.87
Medical Office Assistant $16.02
Medical Receptionist $15.37
Medical Scribe $15.12
Clinical Assistant $14.88

Source: indeed (as of February 1, 2021)

Dermatology Assistant earns $24.37 per hour, which is the highest average hourly salary received in the list of related professions, followed by Certified MA. Rest of the related occupations earned between the range of $14 to $16, which is less than what a medical assistant makes in NH.

Related Professions Average Annual Salary
Physician Assistant- Specialty $120,135
Physician Assistant- Medical $110,615
Medical Billing Specialist $42,743
Medical Librarian Assistant $38,613
Medical Secretary $42,359
Medical Scribe $35,509

Source: salary.com (as of January 29, 2021)

When talking about average annual salaries, Physician Assistant- Specialty earns the highest average annual salary, followed by Physician Assistant- Medical, both earning more than $110,000 per annum. They get paid significantly higher than the average annual salary received by a medical assistant in New Hampshire. Medical Scribes are the least paid professionals in this category.

Projected Employment and Hiring Trends for NH Medical Assistants (2018-2028)

Job Outlook

Medical assistants in New Hampshire are not required by law to have national certification or formal training, in theory. However, in practice, it is best if they have either or both. Those considering formal training must procure it from an ABHES or CAAHEP sponsored school that would make them eligible for procuring national certification later on.

Estimated Employment and Projected Growth (Medical Assistants)
Projected Area Base Year Employment

(2018)

Projected Employment

(2028)

Numeric Change Percentage Change Annual Job Openings

New Hampshire

2,580 3,130 550 +21.3% 370

Source: Projections Central

According to Projections Central, the numeric change in the number of employed MAs in the state between 2018 and 2028 is 550, which translates to a 21.3% change. The rate of expected growth rate in New Hampshire is higher than the national figure, according to BLS. The average annual openings would be 370 in New Hampshire, which is quite impressive.

Hiring Trends

  • According to New Hampshire Occupational Employment & Wages 2020, based on the May 2019 survey by the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program, the estimated employment is 2,770. The entry-level wage of medical assistants in NH is $16.00, whereas the average mean wage is $18.64. The median salary of medical assistants in NH is $18.57, whereas the experienced wage MAs receive is $19.95.
  • There are 484 growing occupations in New Hampshire. A 2019 careeronestop.org report claims that medical assisting is among the top 25 fastest-growing jobs, featuring 14th, with 3,200 expected jobs in 2026. A total of 2,580 MAs were employed in New Hampshire in 2016.
  • Similarly, according to careeronestop.org report, 567 occupations exist in New Hampshire which have job openings. Medical assisting features among the top 50 careers with most job openings, ranking at 49, with 370 openings annually.
  • A 2019 Zippia survey ranks medical assisting as one of the top 10 fastest-growing jobs in New Hampshire. It features 9th on the list with a 119.2% growth rate.
  • In another 2019 survey by USAWage.com, medical assisting is one of the top 100 jobs featuring 56 on the list, with 2,700 total employees in the state and an employment rate of 0.42%.
  • According to a 2019 survey of Zippia, the top 5 healthcare companies in New Hampshire include Catholic Medical Center, Concord Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

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.

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