Chiropractic Assistant Salary
Most Chiropractic Assistants in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $12.28 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. About a sixth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and less than one-tenth collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Chiropractic Assistants is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Job Description for Chiropractic Assistant
The person who helps set up appointments, answers the phone, keeps patient records, and facilitates payments at a chiropractic office is the chiropractic assistant. He or she works with the chiropractor and act as the go-between to help manage an efficient flow of patients to maximize staff time during office hours.Read More...
Chiropractic assistants must possess excellent telephone skills and be willing to work with existing and new patients to help set up appointments. The assistant also serves as the “face” of the chiropractic office and should cheerfully greet each person arriving for an appointment and ensure that any delays or waiting time to see the chiropractor is communicated in a positive and patient-friendly manner.
The chiropractic assistant also helps keep records updated of patient visits and must have that information organized in a manner that allows the chiropractor to easily access this data. In part because many chiropractic services are generally not covered by insurance companies, the assistant is expected to process payments for patients as necessary.
The educational requirements for the position are normally a high school diploma or equivalent. In larger chiropractic practices, the chiropractors may prefer to hire persons with previous office experience in the field. Chiropractic assistants normally work regular business hours, although some chiropractors do offer a few days where evening appointments are accepted as well. Assistants need strong organizational skills and an ability to spend much of their workday on their feet. A good familiarity with computers and some data entry is also preferred.
Chiropractic Assistant Tasks
- Perform electrical stimulation, ultrasound and hot and cold pack applications.
- Assist doctor performing chiropractic patient therapy and rehabilitation techniques.
- Supervise patient during procedures, informing doctor of any changes or issues.
Common Career Paths for Chiropractic Assistant
Chiropractic Assistants' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Chiropractor. The average Chiropractor brings home $60K per year. Becoming an Office Manager of a Medical Office is, more often than not, the most common role that Chiropractic Assistants move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $37K. Another frequent advance is for Chiropractic Assistants to assume a Chiropractic Therapy Assistant role; in this role, workers often earn $25K.
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Popular Skills for Chiropractic Assistant
Chiropractic Assistants report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Rehabilitation, Billing, Office Administration, and Insurance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 11 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Chiropractic Techniques. Those proficient in Customer Service are, more often than not, also skilled in Office Administration and Insurance.
Pay by Experience Level for Chiropractic Assistant
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Chiropractic Assistants, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $25K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $28K. Chiropractic Assistants claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $29K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Chiropractic Assistant generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $32K.
Pay Difference by Location
For those looking to make money, Chiropractic Assistants in Portland enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 24 percent above the national average. Chiropractic Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+21 percent), Phoenix (+21 percent), Raleigh (+18 percent), and Chicago (+13 percent). Cincinnati is the lowest-paying area, 7 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Atlanta (6 percent less) and Charlotte (5 percent less).
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