When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $37.00 per hour) can be spotted in Mountain View, Calif.; San Francisco, Calif. ($36.72), Palo Alto, Calif. ($29.21), and Burlingame, Calif. (approximately $22.65) are the next top-paying cities. Approaching the lower end of the pay scale (at about $19.36) is Santa Cruz, Calif.
Years of Experience
Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make $34.04 per hour on average. The largest fraction of Palo Alto Medical Foundation people (40 percent) have been working for five to nine years and earn $20.31 per hour on average.
Bringing in the most money are Medical Assistants — their earnings average approximately $20.10 per hour. Patient Services Representatives are a close second at $19.83 per hour.
Certifications and Degrees
Being an Advanced Cardiac Life Support Specialist certainly has its perks — salaries approach $66.71 per hour and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Palo Alto Medical Foundation workers who hold a Bachelor's Degree are also well compensated, earning around $20.25 on average.
The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Recovery / Post-Anesthesia Care Unit; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of about $63.00 per hour. One of the more prevalent skills at Palo Alto Medical Foundation is Insurance, with approximately one in four considering it a key competency. Some other standard skills here are Electronic Medical Records, Customer Service, and Scheduling.
The number of female employees who completed the survey outweighs the number of men; the female-to-male ratio is more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
Only 45 percent at Palo Alto Medical Foundation enjoy paid vacation time, and just 18 percent can take sick leave. Employees can save for retirement by joining one of several savings plans such as a 403(b) plan and a 401(k) plan. At Palo Alto Medical Foundation, a solid majority of employees have health insurance, and a strong majority of survey participants have dental coverage. The company also dishes out perks such as tuition reimbursement.