When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($37.00 per hour) can be spotted in Mountain View, Calif.; San Francisco, Calif. (around $36.72), Palo Alto, Calif. (approximately $29.21), and Burlingame, Calif. (about $22.65) are the next top-paying cities. Santa Cruz, Calif. ranks low on the pay scale — at $19.36, it is one of the lowest-paid cities.
Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $33.45 per hour. Overall, the greater share of Palo Alto Medical Foundation folks have five to nine years of experience and earn an average around $20.31 per hour.
Certified Medical Assistants rake in the most money, with average earnings of $21.90 per hour; Medical Assistants come in second with median earnings amounting to about $20.10, and Patient Services Representatives rank near the top as well ($19.58).
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Advanced Cardiac Life Support Specialists, who make $66.71 per hour. Palo Alto Medical Foundation compensates Bachelor's Degree-holders the most at approximately $20.25 per hour.
Employees who count Recovery / Post-Anesthesia Care Unit among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is around $63.00 per hour. Folks here also tend to know Electronic Medical Records; on the survey, about one in four of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Three more common skills are Customer Service, Scheduling, and Insurance.
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
The benefits packages at Palo Alto Medical Foundation can sometimes lack paid time off; 43 percent get paid vacation days, and one in five workers receive paid sick leave. With an eye toward the future, Palo Alto Medical Foundation offers several choices in retirement planning such as a 401(k) plan and a 403(b) plan. For a solid majority of employees, benefits include health insurance, and a fair number of respondents get dental coverage, too. Employees can also look forward to tuition reimbursement and life insurance.