There are a number of career paths open to a Medical Assistant, and one of the more lucrative options for professional advancement is to move on to becoming an Instructor.
However, unlike Medical Assistant wages where there are centralized collections of information about salaries and benefits which are provided by organizations such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the American Association of Medical Assistants, there are no equivalent centralized sources of salary information for Medical Assistant Instructors.
In light of this, we here at Medical Assistant Atlas decided to do some research and come up with the best information that it's possible to provide.
What we did was take a survey of job advertisements, for MA Instructors, over an 8 week period during March and April 2012, and record the base salary whenever it was provided.*
The average Medical Assistant Instructor salary across the USA was $45,890.
Following are the average salaries for each state which had 2 or more jobs advertised:
You will notice that most states are missing from the table above, that is because we did not find a minimum of 2 job advertisements which included salary information in those states during our survey.
However, data from states with only a single applicable job advertisement were used in the calculation of the national average.
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the national average salary for Medical Assistants is $28,860. This means that becoming an Instructor will improve your salary by approximately 60%.
It does however take a considerable amount of experience and training before you become eligible to apply for most MA Instructing jobs, with most of them requiring at least 3 years clinical experience - some even require applicants to have completed up to 4 years of formal training.
However, what this shows is that training Medical Assistants is a viable career path to aspire to, with scope for healthy increases in income once you get there.