Entry-Level Medical Assistant Salary

Entry-Level Medical Assistants can expect wages of $12.66 per hour on average. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. While some workers in this profession — over a third — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and just over two-fifths have dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$19,236 - $40,107
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$29K
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MEDIAN: $29,017
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$9.84 - $15.97
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$19,236 - $40,107  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $780  
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $3,070  
Commission
$960  
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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$20,500 - $34,448  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,144
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.84 - $15.97  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.03  
Overtime
$9.92 - $24.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $780  
   
Commission
$960  
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $3,070  
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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$20,500 - $34,448  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 15,246
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Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Entry-Level Medical Assistants include Planned Parenthood, Kaiser Permanente, Family Practice Clinic, Internal Medicine Group, and Swedish Medical Center. Employees at Dignity Health enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $37K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $31K and higher ones not far away at only $42K. Entry-Level Medical Assistants will also find cushy salaries at Swedish Medical Center (+$36K), Kaiser Permanente (+$33K), and Doctors Express (+$29K).

Offering a median salary of only $22K, Family Practice Clinic gives out the smallest paychecks. Furthermore, the earnings range of $16K to $33K isn't that wide, either. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Henry Ford Health Systems ($25K), DaVita Inc. ($26K), and Internal Medicine Group ($26K).

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $26,746

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

For Entry-Level Medical Assistants, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Entry-Level Medical Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+20 percent), New York (+13 percent), Austin (+9 percent), and Atlanta (+5 percent). In San Antonio, salaries are 8 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Orlando (7 percent lower) and Las Vegas (4 percent lower).

Medical Assistant Advice

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

Medical Assistant in New York:
"Being a valued employee."
Don't be afraid to express to your employer what a true asset you really are.

Medical Assistant in Gambrills:
"Daily Struggle."
Do not bring outside drama into the work field. If you do not like your coworkers just remember you are here for a paycheck and to be happy with your career. Ignore the ignorance.

Medical Assistant in Hattiesburg:
Think long and hard about this type of work. You are treated like a slave by nurses who are above you.

Medical Assistant in Kennewick:
"Medical Assistant Tips."
As a new medical assistant always research things you encounter and ask questions when appropriate. The worst thing you can do is to pretend you know something when you don't!

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!

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Skills That Affect Medical Assistant Salaries

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National Average
$27,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1898 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
medical benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 37%
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