Entry-Level Medical Assistant Salary

Entry-Level Medical Assistants take home an average $12.45 per hour. The company and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Entry-Level Medical Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — more than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the greater part have medical insurance and more than two-fifths receive dental plans. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$19,268 - $39,777
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$19K
$29K
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MEDIAN: $28,765
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$9.75 - $15.73
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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
$19,268 - $39,777  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $687  
Profit Sharing
$481.77 - $3,973  
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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$20,310 - $33,978  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,008
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.75 - $15.73  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.45  
Overtime
$7.16 - $23.69  
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 - $687  
   
Profit Sharing
$481.77 - $3,973  
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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$20,310 - $33,978  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 12,604
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Medical Assistant


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Entry-Level Medical Assistants include Planned Parenthood, Kaiser Permanente, Family Practice Clinic, Medical Associates, and Internal Medicine Group. Entry-Level Medical Assistants flock to Kaiser Permanente for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $35K lead the pack in compensation; however, Kaiser Permanente also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $26K at one end to $49K at the other end. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Doctors Express, Dermatology Associates, and Community Health Center, Inc., top-paying firms where Entry-Level Medical Assistants rake in a decent $29K, $28K, or $28K, respectively.

Family Practice Clinic offers the lowest compensation; the median salary there averages out to only $22K. The pay range is also narrow, ranging between $16K and $33K. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Internal Medicine Group ($24K), Henry Ford Health Systems ($24K), and DaVita Inc. ($26K).

Pay Difference by Location


For Entry-Level Medical Assistants, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Medical Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+22 percent), Portland (+16 percent), New York (+14 percent), and Chicago (+6 percent). With compensation 9 percent below the national average, San Antonio is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 6 percent less in Orlando and 4 percent less in Los Angeles, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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

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Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
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Phlebotomy
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Internal Medicine
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National Average
$26,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1671 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 38%
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