Bringing in the most money are Operating Room Registered Nurses — their earnings average about $60.56 per hour. Licensed Vocational Nurses are a close second at $27.50 along with Surgery Schedulers ($23.81) and Certified Medical Assistants ($22.90). Patient Services Representatives make an average around $19.83, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $38.44 per hour) can be spotted in Mountain View, Calif.; Fremont, Calif. (about $37.50), Sunnyvale, Calif. ($30.50), and Palo Alto, Calif. (approximately $28.58) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Santa Cruz, Calif. — at $19.77, salaries are some of the lowest in the country.
Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach around $29.19 per hour. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Palo Alto Medical Foundation employees (41 percent) have five to nine years of experience and earn $24.21 per hour on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Being an Advanced Cardiac Life Support Specialist certainly has its perks — salaries approach $65.55 per hour and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Those with a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc) at Palo Alto Medical Foundation come out on top, and their salaries approach about $46.23 per hour.
When it comes to skills, employees who report Operating Room / OR among their abilities seem to make the most, reporting a median income of around $64.13 per hour. Customer Service is regularly seen around here; just over one in five of those surveyed report it as a core competency. Many workers usually know Insurance, Scheduling, and Electronic Medical Records as well.
Benefits and Perks
Benefits packages do tend to lack paid time off; Palo Alto Medical Foundation gives paid vacation days to 29 percent and sick leave to one in seven respondents. The firm looks out for its employees by sponsoring assorted retirement savings plans such as a 403(b) plan and a 401(k) plan. Health insurance is part of the package for a fair number of workers, and for a strong majority of employees, dental coverage is too. Some other perks are tuition reimbursement.