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.

$18,456 - $38,763
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$18K
$28K
$39K
MEDIAN: $28,032
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$9.68 - $15.58
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$18,456 - $38,763  
   
Bonus
$196.01 - $2,583  
Profit Sharing
$1,600  
Commission
$4,500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,146 - $33,642  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 82
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.68 - $15.58  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.50  
Overtime
$13.23 - $23.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$196.01 - $2,583  
   
Commission
$4,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,600  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,146 - $33,642  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,036
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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.

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Chiropractic Assistant Tasks

  • Supervise patient during procedures, informing doctor of any changes or issues.
  • Assist doctor performing chiropractic patient therapy and rehabilitation techniques.
  • Perform electrical stimulation, ultrasound and hot and cold pack applications.

Common Career Paths for Chiropractic Assistant


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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

National Average: $25,823

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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).

Chiropractic Assistant Reviews

What is it like working as a Chiropractic Assistant?

Chiropractic Assistant in Plano:
Pros: That every day we learn something new either about their health and how we can help of new ways to keep our patients in better health.
Cons: When trying to educate the patient in their current health and the reasons why our Drs practice could benefit them but they choose to not continue to get treated.

Chiropractic Assistant in Columbia:
"Office Manager."
Pros: Independence; I am responsible for all communications to and from the office as well as co-managing PIP cases with attorneys and orthopedics in the area.
Cons: I would appreciate being contracted as I have been at previous jobs. Also I would enjoy paid time off after a specific amount of time spent with a company.

Chiropractic Assistant in McHenry:
"I love my job!"
Pros: I love working directly with patients and making sure that their medical documentation is up to the industry requirements. This gives me the opportunity to constantly learn and be challenged in my job. I am never bored and I work for someone who is always encouraging me to learn more and stretch my abilities. She is an excellent teacher and extremely smart. I find documentation comes very easily to me as does working with patients to better their health.
Cons: Although I can work at the front desk answering phones, scheduling appointments and taking patient payments, I no longer find it as easy as documentation and working with patients.

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Experience Affects Chiropractic Assistant Salaries




National Average
$26,000


Skills That Affect Chiropractic Assistant Salaries

Rehabilitation
up arrow 11%

Office Administration
up arrow 4%

Billing
up arrow 4%

Insurance
up arrow 3%

Office Management
up arrow 2%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 2%

Medical Records
up arrow 1%

Physical Therapy
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
0%

Scheduling
0%

Medical Terminology
0%

Customer Relations
0%

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0%

National Average
$26,000

Patient Education
up arrow 1%

Chiropractic Techniques
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 135 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 17%
dental benefits
Dental: 7%
medical benefits
Vision: 4%
dental benefits
None: 82%
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