Entry-Level Medical Assistant Salary

Entry-Level Medical Assistants can expect wages of $12.38 per hour on average. The company and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. While more than a third report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and more than two-fifths have dental, as well. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$19,252 - $39,812
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$19K
$29K
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MEDIAN: $28,771
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$9.71 - $15.65
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$19,252 - $39,812  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $696  
Profit Sharing
$483.39 - $3,959  
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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$20,233 - $33,889  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 978
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.71 - $15.65  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.96  
Overtime
$7.03 - $23.54  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $696  
   
Profit Sharing
$483.39 - $3,959  
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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$20,233 - $33,889  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 11,677

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Planned Parenthood, Kaiser Permanente, Family Practice Clinic, Medical Associates, and Internal Medicine Group are top-notch employers for Entry-Level Medical Assistants in this area. Kaiser Permanente does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $35K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $24K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $49K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Dermatology Associates at $28K, Doctors Express at $28K, and Community Health Center, Inc., where Entry-Level Medical Assistants annually earn $28K.

Offering a median salary of only $22K, Family Practice Clinic pays the least. Not only that, but the earnings range of $16K to $33K is pretty narrow, too. Internal Medicine Group, Henry Ford Health Systems, and DaVita Inc. are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($24K, $24K, and $26K respectively).

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Medical Assistants, Seattle offers exceptional salaries, 28 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Medical Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+22 percent), New York (+15 percent), Chicago (+6 percent), and Atlanta (+6 percent). Falling short of the national average by 9 percent, the area with the worst salaries is San Antonio. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Orlando and Tampa (6 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

Medical Assistant Advice

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

Medical Assistant in Grand Rapids:
"Not very clinical."
I would not suggest working in certain specialty offices if you are a new MA out of school. You will not be able to utilize your clinical skills to the fullest capability. You will only do vital signs and that is it. The job does not feel very rewarding patient care wise. Though if you like a laid back, paper work kind of job then certain specialty offices may be the place for you!

Medical Assistant in Medford:
"Soft Spot."
Make sure you have empathy, patience, understanding, warmth, multi-tasking skills along with clinical skills to be optimal in your position.

Medical Assistant in Oklahoma City:
"Being Honest And Accurate And Putting The Patients First."
Always be courteous to the patients and be accurate with everything in the medical field it is very important.

Medical Assistant in Bend:
"My Salary."
What the level of advancements are offered or is it better to continue ones education.

Medical Assistant in Houston:
"Waste Of Time And Money!"
Do NOT pick this type of job as long term career path. It does not pay enough and you are over worked and under paid.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Medical Assistant Salaries

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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National Average
$26,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1652 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 38%