Chiropractic Assistant Salary
Women make up the vast majority of Chiropractic Assistants in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $12.32 per hour. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Chiropractic Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. Roughly a sixth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and less than one in ten collect dental insurance. 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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Chiropractor. The latter position pays an average of $60K annually. As Chiropractic Assistants progress in their field, many go on to become Office Manager of a Medical Offices. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $37K per year. Another common career choice for Chiropractic Assistants is to move into a Chiropractic Therapy Assistant role. Typically, Chiropractic Therapy Assistants get paid $25K.
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Popular Skills for Chiropractic Assistant
Survey takers working as Chiropractic Assistants report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Rehabilitation, Customer Relations, Billing, and Office Administration are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 10 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Chiropractic Techniques. The majority of those who know Customer Service also know Office Administration and Insurance.
Pay by Experience Level for Chiropractic Assistant
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average beginner in this position makes around $25K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $28K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $30K. Chiropractic Assistants with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $31K.
Pay Difference by Location
Surpassing the national average by 24 percent, Chiropractic Assistants in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Chiropractic Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Portland (+20 percent), Phoenix (+20 percent), Austin (+18 percent), and Raleigh (+17 percent). The lowest-paying market is Cincinnati, which sits 7 percent below the national average. Workers in Atlanta and Charlotte earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (6 percent less and 4 percent less, respectively).
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