Entry-Level Medical Assistant Salary

Average Entry-Level Medical Assistants make around $12.46 per hour. The particular firm and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Entry-Level Medical Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — more than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by more than two-fifths. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$19,340 - $39,833
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$19K
$29K
$40K
MEDIAN: $28,846
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$9.75 - $15.73
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$19,340 - $39,833  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $681  
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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$20,313 - $34,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,004
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
$7.35 - $23.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $681  
   
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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$20,313 - $34,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 12,642
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Medical Assistant


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. Employees of Kaiser Permanente can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $35K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $26K to $51K. 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 seems to offer the smallest paychecks with a median salary of only $22K. The pay range is quite narrow, too; compensation generally sits 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


Surpassing the national average by 29 percent, Entry-Level Medical Assistants in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Entry-Level Medical Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+22 percent), Portland (+16 percent), New York (+15 percent), and Chicago (+6 percent). In San Antonio, salaries are 9 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Orlando and Los Angeles (6 percent lower and 4 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

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National Average
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1672 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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