Average Clinical Assistants in the United States make around $14.65 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. There are far more female Clinical Assistants who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 88 percent. For the most part, Clinical Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. While roughly a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and a little more than half have dental, as well. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$23,489 - $65,245
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MEDIAN: $34,972
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$10.78 - $19.65
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$23,489 - $65,245  
   
Bonus
$350.00 - $2,300  
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$22,806 - $43,103  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 62
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.78 - $19.65  
   
Hourly Tips
$10.42  
Overtime
$3.14 - $25.83  
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$350.00 - $2,300  
   
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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$22,806 - $43,103  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 389

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Clinical Assistant


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It's not very common for Clinical Assistants to move on to become Registered Nurses. Average pay for a Registered Nurse is $56K annually. However, becoming a Medical Assistant or Administrative Assistant is a more frequent transition for Clinical Assistants.

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Popular Skills for Clinical Assistant


Survey results imply that Clinical Assistants put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Scheduling, Patient Education, Patient Counseling, and Phlebotomy are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 10 percent. Medical Records and Medical Terminology as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Most people familiar with Customer Service also know Phlebotomy and Medical Terminology.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Assistant

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


For Clinical Assistants, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $30K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $33K. Clinical Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $35K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $36K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $31,151

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

Boston is home to an above-average pay rate for Clinical Assistants, 49 percent higher than the national average. Clinical Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+44 percent), Charlotte (+25 percent), Philadelphia (+19 percent), and Indianapolis (+9 percent). In Baltimore, salaries are 12 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Atlanta (11 percent lower) and Houston (10 percent lower).

Clinical Assistant Reviews

Q: 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.

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Key Stats for Clinical Assistant

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Clinical Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%



National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Clinical Assistant Salaries

Scheduling
up arrow 10%

Patient Education
up arrow 10%

Patient Counseling
up arrow 6%


Customer Service
0%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
0%

National Average
$31,000

Medical Terminology
up arrow 13%

Medical Records
up arrow 30%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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