Clinical Assistant Salary

Most Clinical Assistants in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $13.96 per hour. Compensation ranges between $10.11 per hour and $19.30. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most Clinical Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and close to one-fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$24,211 - $65,520
(Median)
$24K
$36K
$66K
MEDIAN: $36,259
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$10.11 - $19.30
(Median)
$10
$14
$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$24,211 - $65,520  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,017  
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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$21,378 - $43,013  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 80
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.11 - $19.30  
   
Hourly Tips
$10.42  
Overtime
$13.85 - $26.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,017  
   
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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$21,378 - $43,013  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 487
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Job Description for Clinical Assistant

Clinical assistants are responsible for assisting clinical professionals with day-to-day clinical tasks in their organization. They are in charge of completing administrative activities, as well as more complex clinical duties. Their main functions include coordinating front desk responsibilities and maintaining proper documentation, as well as keeping accurate supplies and inventory records and ordering new items as needed. They also complete routine clinical duties such as drawing blood and taking temperatures, as well as complete training programs to increase their productivity and assist with other clinical tasks.

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Clinical Assistant Tasks

  • Schedule patients, rooms, and equipment and ensure room turnover.
  • Educate patients, advocates and families about diagnoses, treatments and options.
  • Provide clinical care, conduct exams, and collect basic information from and for patients.
  • Enter data into online systems, following regulations and ensuring accuracy.

Common Career Paths for Clinical Assistant


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Clinical Assistants might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Registered Nurse, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $55K per year. Becoming a Clinical Coordinator or an Administrative Assistant is a common transition from a Clinical Assistant role.

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Popular Skills for Clinical Assistant


Clinical Assistants report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Patient Education, Electronic Medical Records, Customer Service, and Phlebotomy are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Medical Records as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Medical Terminology and Scheduling also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Customer Service also know Medical Terminology.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Clinical Assistants with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $29K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $32K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Clinical Assistants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $34K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,273

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

Boston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Clinical Assistants, 20 percent above the national average. Clinical Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Indianapolis (+12 percent), Rochester (+11 percent), Minneapolis (+8 percent), and Miami (+8 percent). Falling short of the national average by 9 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Austin. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Cleveland (9 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

Clinical Assistant Reviews

What is it like working as a Clinical Assistant?

Clinical Assistant in Motherwell:
"If you cant smile at work your in the wrong job."
Pros: Being thanked by the patients, the flexible hours I can work and spend time with my kids thanks to the flexibility of hours.
Cons: Not being able to send a patient home to their family.

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Clinical Assistant in San Ramon:
"A positive attitude is infectious."
Put your best self forward each day and with every patient. Treat patients and parents the way you would like to be treated. Take your time with each patient and be sure to complete every task with a smile.

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Experience Affects Clinical Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Clinical Assistant Salaries

Patient Education
up arrow 13%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 5%

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

National Average
$30,000

Phlebotomy
up arrow 9%

Scheduling
up arrow 12%

Medical Terminology
up arrow 17%

Medical Records
up arrow 28%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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