A Medical Assistant earns an average wage of $14.06 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.

$20,358 - $43,836
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$44K
MEDIAN: $30,365
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$10.58 - $18.19
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$20,358 - $43,836  
   
Bonus
$150.52 - $2,034  
Profit Sharing
$194.89 - $3,345  
Commission
$0.32 - $5,034  
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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$22,087 - $38,873  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,437
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.58 - $18.19  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.88  
Overtime
$14.80 - $27.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$150.52 - $2,034  
   
Commission
$0.32 - $5,034  
Profit Sharing
$194.89 - $3,345  
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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$22,087 - $38,873  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 21,139
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Job Description for Medical Assistant

Most of the time, medical assistants work in doctors’ offices, hospitals, or medical clinics. They prepare treatment rooms to make sure that they are clean. They walk patients from waiting rooms to examination or treatment rooms. They interview patients. They take patients’ vital signs, such as temperature, weight, and blood pressure. They write down other information, such as why the patients come to their facility, their symptoms, and medication that patients are currently taking. They must place all information given by their patients in their medical records.

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Medical Assistant Tasks

  • Prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician.
  • Interview and record patients' medical information and measure their vital signs, weight, and height.
  • Collect, prepare and log blood, tissue or other laboratory specimens.
  • Show patients to examination rooms and prepare them for the physician.
  • May assist with administrative duties including scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding for insurance purposes.

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $29,617

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Medical Assistant Reviews

What is it like working as a Medical Assistant?

Medical Assistant in Dayton:
"It was caring, giving, professional, loving, happy, sincere."
Pros: I like that I could make a difference in someone's life by giving them proper care. Also by giving them patient education. Also by making them feel better and confident about there health.
Cons: There is nothing least that I like about my job. I like everything about it because it equals out to benefit the patients overall health condition, safety, patient education, concerns, care and needs.

Medical Assistant in Covington:
Pros: There are several things that I like about my job: 1. The interaction and relationships I get to build with my patients. Everyone is unique in their own way. Everyone has something to offer to you. 2. There is always something you learn everyday. 3. The satisfaction of knowing someone needed my help. And our team cured them.
Cons: Office conditions. The management. There is no manager.

Medical Assistant in Haddonfield:
"Give me the opportunity for more knowledge and set my skills."
Pros: Patients, surgery and interaction with the public.
Cons: The environment (people the I work with)

Medical Assistant in Staten Island:
"My job experience."
Pros: What I like most about my job I get to expand my learning and knowledge. You can learn new things and there's a variety of things to do such as assisting the doctor with a procedure, working the front desk with patients handling paper work etc.
Cons: The bad thing about my job one will never get benefits, paid vacation, it is extremely hard to get a raise even if you try to learn everything in the office.

Medical Assistant in Manchester:
Pros: I like taking care of people and helping them get better. I especially like our reputation of being well known for actively listening to our patients, spending more than 15 minutes with them, and actually making a positive impact on their health.
Cons: I dislike that we are short-handed on office staff and that it is difficult to get in touch with certain providers.

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Experience Affects Medical Assistant Salaries




National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Medical Assistant Salaries

Internal Medicine
up arrow 3%

Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
up arrow 3%

Procedures
up arrow 2%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 1%

Triage
up arrow 1%

Patient Education
up arrow 1%

Pediatrics
up arrow 1%

Scheduling
0%

Customer Service
0%

Phlebotomy
0%

Family Practice
0%

National Average
$30,000

Insurance
up arrow 1%

Medical Records
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Billing
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 2501 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
medical benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 35%
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