Clinical Assistant Salary

Women account for the majority of Clinical Assistants in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $13.88 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $10.04 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $18.92. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although a fair number have medical coverage and the greater part have dental coverage, about a fourth claim no health benefits at all. Most Clinical Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,046 - $65,245
(Median)
$24K
$36K
$65K
MEDIAN: $36,211
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$10.04 - $18.92
(Median)
$10
$14
$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$24,046 - $65,245  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,238  
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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$21,207 - $43,163  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 72
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.04 - $18.92  
   
Overtime
$14.74 - $30.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,238  
   
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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$21,207 - $43,163  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 419
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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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Many Clinical Assistants move into a Registered Nurse role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $55K per year.

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Clinical Assistants generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Patient Education, Phlebotomy, Customer Service, and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) 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.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Assistant

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


Clinical Assistants with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $29K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $31K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Clinical Assistants make a median salary of $34K. Clinical Assistants who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 17 percent, Clinical Assistants in Boston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Clinical Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Indianapolis (+12 percent), Rochester (+12 percent), Miami (+8 percent), and Dallas (+5 percent). With compensation 13 percent below the national average, Atlanta is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Clinical Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Clinical Assistant Salaries

Patient Education
up arrow 13%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Phlebotomy
up arrow 3%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
0%

National Average
$30,000

Scheduling
up arrow 15%

Medical Terminology
up arrow 19%

Medical Records
up arrow 28%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 25%
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