Medical Assistant Salary (United States)

A Medical Assistant earns an average wage of $13.20 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.
Medical Assistant Salary (?
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$19,782 - $40,882
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MEDIAN: $29,674
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Medical Assistant Salary (?
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$9.95 - $17.30
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$19,782 - $40,882  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $971  
Profit Sharing
$244.68 - $4,005  
Commission
$494.35 - $6,000  
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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$20,783 - $37,147  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,558
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.95 - $17.30  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.77  
Overtime
$7.33 - $25.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $971  
   
Commission
$494.35 - $6,000  
Profit Sharing
$244.68 - $4,005  
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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$20,783 - $37,147  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 19,504
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Job Description for Medical Assistant

Medical assistants help leading physicians take care of patients. They interview and record patients' medical information, measure their vital signs, weight and height. They also show patients to examination rooms and gather the necessary information to prepare them for the physician. Medical assistants may also be in charge of preparing and administering medications as directed by a physician, and they record and understand many different laboratory and diagnostic tests. Additionally, they may collect, prepare and log blood, tissue, plasma or other laboratory specimens. Medical assistants may also assist with administrative duties including scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing and coding for insurance purposes.
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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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Medical Assistant Reviews

What is it like working as a Medical Assistant?
Medical Assistant in Lakewood:
"Can Be Stressful But Rewarding."
Pros: Learning new things. Nothing really.
Cons: Not getting compensated for all the consistent hard work. New responsibility, no compensation. The office politics. Stress level is very high. Some people don't pull their own weight. There are no perks. There is no management at all. Office conditions are unstable.
Medical Assistant in Philadelphia:
"MA."
Pros: I like the practice I work for. I like the patient care I give. It's in my nature to nurture. The doctors/surgeons are so enlightening. The fact that I work along side students give me education on the job.
Cons: The pay rate do to the fact I pay to go to work.
Medical Assistant in Chesapeake:
Pros: Nice environment to work with. All employees get along.
Cons: Low pay, poor communications between the management and staff.
Medical Assistant in High Point:
"Work in the early morning doing GI and also working Internal."
Pros: My day starts out round 6:40 in the morning and get to leave early in the day. Getting the experience in working in the GI and Internal medicine. Working with teams at different locations getting the knowledge I need to do my job.
Cons: Management, some of them can be difficult to work with and how they handle situations in the practice. Working with certain doctors who all do not work the same and have different views on patient care.

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Experience Affects Medical Assistant Salaries

National Average
$28,000

Skills That Affect Medical Assistant Salaries

Procedures
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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Triage
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Pediatrics
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Scheduling
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Patient Education
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Billing
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Phlebotomy
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Customer Service
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Family Practice
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Insurance
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National Average
$28,000
Medical Records
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 3076 votes.

Gender

Female
95%
female alumni
 
Male
5%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 35%