In this article, you will discover approximately how much medical assistants make while working on the job in AK. We will provide you with estimate salary figures for a large variety of cities within Alaska, and they will be listed alphabetically.Medical Assistant Salary Numbers for Alaska

Do note, however, that the numbers below are estimates and are not concrete numbers. The salary figures were found via Indeed.com’s salary search page, as well as Salary.com, and may potentially be somewhat inaccurate or a bit out of date. Still, no salary figure you find will be completely exact, but hopefully this gives you a rough idea of how much an MA earns in each city.

It is, of course, always possible to earn more or less money than you see here, as salary numbers can be based on a variety of different circumstances.

Medical Assistant Earnings in Alaska

Below, please take a look at the salary numbers for many cities in Alaska. As mentioned before, the cities are listed alphabetically. After we have listed all the salary numbers, we’ll then go into detail about medical assisting employment and salary figures in Alaska compared to that of the rest of the country:

  1. Adak:  $30,464
  2. Akiachak: $30,000
  3. Akiak:  $30,000
  4. Akutan: $23,000
  5. Alakanuk: $27,000
  6. Aleknagik: $22,000
  7. Ambler: $15,000
  8. Anaktuvuk Pass: $34,000
  9. Anchor Point: $18,000
  10. Anchorage: $37,115
  11. Anderson: $22,000
  12. Angoon: $22,000
  13. Aniak: $31,000
  14. Atmautluak: $33,000
  15. Atqasuk: $28,000
  16. Badger: $20,000
  17. Barrow: $28,000
  18. Bear Creek: $18,000
  19. Bethel: $33,000
  20. Big Delta: $20,000
  21. Big Lake: $37,023
  22. Brevig Mission: $31,000
  23. Buckland: $30,169
  24. Buffalo Soapstone: $17,000
  25. Butte: $18,000
  26. Cantwell: $20,000
  27. Chefornak: $33,000
  28. Chena Ridge: $17,000
  29. Chevak: $36,000
  30. Chickaloon: $19,000
  31. Cohoe: $18,000
  32. College: $20,000
  33. Cooper Landing: $22,000
  34. Copper Center: $19,000
  35. Cordova: $19,000
  36. Craig: $22,000
  37. Delta Junction: $21,000
  38. Deltana: $20,000
  39. Diamond Ridge: $18,000
  40. Dillingham: $22,000
  41. Eek: $33,000
  42. Eielson AFB: $20,000
  43. Elim: $31,000
  44. Emmonak: $27,000
  45. Ester: $21,000
  46. Fairbanks: $36,819
  47. Farm Loop: $17,000
  48. Farmers Loop: $20,000
  49. Fishhook: $15,000
  50. Fort Greely: $20,000
  51. Fort Yukon: $30,000
  52. Fox: $22,000
  53. Fox River: $18,000
  54. Fritz Creek: $20,000
  55. Funny River: $18,000
  56. Gakona: $21,000
  57. Galena: $23,000
  58. Gambell: $14,000
  59. Gateway: $17,000
  60. Glacier View:  $18,000
  61. Glennallen: $21000
  62. Goldstream: N/A
  63. Goodnews Bay: $25,000
  64. Grayling: $37,000
  65. Gustavus: $22,000
  66. Haines: $22,000
  67. Happy Valley: $18,000
  68. Harding-Birch Lakes: $21,000
  69. Healy: $20,000
  70. Homer: $18,000
  71. Hoonah: $22,000
  72. Hooper Bay: $37,000
  73. Houston: $17,000
  74. Huslia: $19,000
  75. Hydaburg: $22,000
  76. Juneau: $22,000
  77. Kachemak: $18,000
  78. Kake: $22,000
  79. Kaktovik: $20,000
  80. Kalifornsky: $18,000
  81. Kasigluk: $33,000
  82. Kasilof: $21,000
  83. Kenai: $18,000
  84. Kenny Lake: $22,000
  85. Ketchikan: $19,000
  86. Kiana: $22,000
  87. King Cove: $41,000
  88. King Salmon: $23,000
  89. Kipnuk: $33,000
  90. Kivalina: $43,000
  91. Klawock: $22,000
  92. Knik River: $18,000
  93. Knik-Fairview: $18,000
  94. Kodiak: $18,000
  95. Kodiak Station: $18,000
  96. Koliganek: $22,000
  97. Kongiganak: $33,000
  98. Kotlik: $33,000
  99. Kotzebue: $43,000
  100. Koyuk: $14,000
  101. Kwethluk: $30,000
  102. Kwigillingok:  $33,000
  103. Lakes: $15,000
  104. Lazy Mountain: $17,000
  105. Lower Kalskag: $30,000
  106. Manokotak: $22,000
  107. Marshall: $33,000
  108. McGrath: $18,000
  109. Meadow Lakes: $17,000
  110. Metlakatla: $22,000
  111. Minto: $21,000
  112. Moose Creek: $20,000
  113. Moose Pass: $23,000
  114. Mosquito Lake: $22,000
  115. Mountain Village: $33,000
  116. Mud Bay: $22,000
  117. Naknek: $22,000
  118. Nanwalek: $18,000
  119. Napakiak: $33,000
  120. Napaskiak: $33,000
  121. Nenana: $21,000
  122. New Stuyahok: $22,000
  123. Newtok: $33,000
  124. Nightmute: $37,000
  125. Nikiski: $18,000
  126. Nikolaevsk: $18,000
  127. Ninilchik: $21,000
  128. Noatak: $43,000
  129. Nome: $31,000
  130. Noorvik: $42,000
  131. North Pole: $20,000
  132. Nuiqsut: $31,000
  133. Nulato: $21,000
  134. Nunapitchuk: $33,000
  135. Old Harbor: $18,000
  136. Palmer: $15,000
  137. Petersburg: $22,000
  138. Pilot Station: $33,000
  139. Pleasant Valley: $21,000
  140. Point Hope: $17,000
  141. Point MacKenzie: $18,000
  142. Port Lions: $18,000
  143. Prudhoe Bay: $33,000
  144. Quinhagak: $33,000
  145. Red Dog Mine: $43,000
  146. Ridgeway: $18,000
  147. Russian Mission: $31,000
  148. Salamatof: $18,000
  149. Salcha: $21,000
  150. Sand Point: $24,000
  151. Savoonga: $14,000
  152. Saxman: $22,000
  153. Scammon Bay: $37,000
  154. Selawik: $41,000
  155. Seldovia: $18,000
  156. Seward: $18,000
  157. Shaktoolik: $29,000
  158. Shishmaref: $20,000
  159. Shungnak: $16,000
  160. Sitka: $22,000
  161. Skagway: $22,000
  162. Soldotna: $21,000
  163. South Van Horn: $20,000
  164. St. Mary’s: $17,000
  165. St. Michael: $34,000
  166. St. Paul: $36,000
  167. Stebbins: $31,000
  168. Steele Creek: $17,000
  169. Sterling: $18,000
  170. Susitna North: $17,000
  171. Sutton-Alpine: $17,000
  172. Talkeetna: $18,000
  173. Tanaina: $17,000
  174. Tanana: $21,000
  175. Tazlina: $21,000
  176. Teller: $31,000
  177. Thorne Bay: $22,000
  178. Togiak : $23,000
  179. Tok: $20,000
  180. Toksook Bay: $38,000
  181. Trapper Creek: $18,000
  182. Tuluksak: $30,000
  183. Tuntutuliak: $33,000
  184. Tununak: $38,000
  185. Two Rivers: $20,000
  186. Unalakleet: $36,000
  187. Unalaska: $23,000
  188. Upper Kalskag: $30,000
  189. Valdez: $18,000
  190. Wainwright: $27,000
  191. Wasilla: $36,599
  192. Whittier: $22,000
  193. Willow: $15,000
  194. Womens Bay: $18,000
  195. Wrangell: $21,000
  196. Y (Susitna North, inside the Matanuska-Susitna Borough): $18,000
  197. Yakutat: $12,000

Alaska Medical Assistants vs the Country

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Alaska is very unique as it pertains to medical assistants. First, Alaska actually has one of the lowest employment numbers for medical assistants—meaning that while some states like New York or California or Ohio employ a large quantity of MA’s, Alaska doesn’t.

In fact, Alaska employs anywhere from 60 to 2,160 medical assistants, a far cry from some states that employ up to 81,000 medical assistants.

But here’s where things get interesting. Although Alaska has one of the lowest numbers in terms of employing medical assistants, the state is actually one of the best in the country in terms of paying their medical assistants.

According to the BLS, Alaska is not only a top paying state for MA’s, but it actually ranks second in the country, only trailing the District of Columbia. Although it’s only an average, medical assistants make an estimated median annual wage of $39,680 in Alaska. That median annual salary averages out to be about $19.08 per hour.

Top Paying Metropolitan Areas in Alaska

But that’s not all. The BLS also breaks down medical assistant salary by metropolitan area, as well. And the findings are that Fairbanks and Anchorage are some of the best metropolitan areas in the entire country in terms of salary numbers.

Fairbanks, for example, has an annual mean wage of $40,180. Anchorage is not far behind either, with a annual median wage of $38,640. These numbers average out to about $19.32 and $18.58 an hour, respectively.

Top Paying Non-Metropolitan Areas in Alaska

For those interested in working in a non-metropolitan area—you’re in luck. The Railbelt/Southwest Alaska non-metropolitan area actually comes in at number one for being a non-metro location that pays its medical assistants the best. The average mean wage for this particular area is $42,180, which actually converts to an amazing $20.28 per hour.

The Southeast Alaska non-metropolitan area comes in second as well, paying its medical assistants an average of $41,180 per year. This averages out to be about $19.80 per hour.

Can I Make a Good Living as a Medical Assistant in Alaska?

Anyone interested in going to school to become a medical assistant ultimately will end up asking him or herself a version of this question. And while it may be a bit harder to answer this question depending on where you live and your personal or financial situation, the truth is that Alaska medical assistants have it quite good.

True, it may be harder to find a job as an MA in Alaska simply because there aren’t that many of them employed within the state when compared to other regions of the country. But the fact is that Alaska MA’s earn more than the national average per year (the national average is $31,220).

And, if you live in certain cities or within a certain metro or even non-metropolitan area, you’re going to earn more per hour and more annually than the national average. For example, if you’re a medical assistant in Anchorage or Fairbanks, there’s a good chance you might be earning up to $10,000 more annually than someone working in middle America.

So to that end, while you always have to factor in your weekly expenses and of course the cost of living in Alaska, medical assistants are compensated very well in certain parks of this state.

Is Being a Medical Assistant Good Practice for Nursing?

The short answer is yes and no. First, let’s examine why we said yes.

Being a medical assistant helps you engage with patients, insurance companies, and even doctors. To that end, you will feel comfortable with the social aspect of the job, and that’s something that will absolutely help you if or once you decide to pursue nursing school and begin clinicals.

Now, here’s why we said no. Being a medical assistant and working as a nurse are two completely different jobs. In fact, according to the BLS, registered nurses earn approximately $65,000, which is virtually double what medical assistants make. It also requires an Associates degree, while medical assistants can graduate and get a job with simply a diploma.

So these jobs are two different entities and require vastly different skills and education. While you can certainly applying for an ADN program, or a medical assistant to LPN program, it’s always important to know that you will not, in any way, be able to smoothly sail through this program simply because you worked as a medical assistant for a handful of years.

So while being a medical assistant will help you be more prepared for the social aspect of working as a nurse, the daily duties of a nurse are very different than that of a medical assistant.

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