The average Entry-Level Medical Assistant can expect to rake in roughly $13.13 per hour. In the world of Entry-Level Medical Assistants, overall income ranges from $21K near the bottom to $35K at the top; this can include more than $2K from bonuses and more than $2K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. The company 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. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about two in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by more than two-fifths. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$19,531 - $40,611
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$29K
$41K
MEDIAN: $29,305
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$10.07 - $16.42
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$19,531 - $40,611  
   
Bonus
$102.04 - $1,649  
Profit Sharing
$8.00 - $2,200  
Commission
$212.50  
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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$20,982 - $35,335  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 832
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.07 - $16.42  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.94  
Overtime
$14.46 - $25.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$102.04 - $1,649  
   
Commission
$212.50  
Profit Sharing
$8.00 - $2,200  
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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$20,982 - $35,335  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 12,484

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Entry-Level Medical Assistants fill the offices of leading firms Planned Parenthood, Family Practice Clinic, Banner Health, Kaiser Permanente, and Family Practice Group. Although Kaiser Permanente boasts the highest average salary in town at $38K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $26K or as much as $54K. Dignity Health, Swedish Medical Center, and Internal Medicine Group are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Entry-Level Medical Assistants earning around $37K, $37K, or $32K at each firm, respectively.

Earnings fall especially short at Family Practice Clinic, where the median salary of $22K is the lowest in the field, 70 percent lower than the top payer. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Corizon ($23K), Medical Associates ($26K), and Mercy Hospital ($26K).

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $27,659

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

Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Medical Assistants, 33 percent higher than the national average. Entry-Level Medical Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+16 percent), New York (+11 percent), Chicago (+5 percent), and Atlanta (+4 percent). In Dallas, salaries are 8 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Jacksonville and San Antonio (7 percent lower).

Medical Assistant Advice

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

Medical Assistant in Orange:
"Treat others as you want to be treated."
Find a field you love, don't cut quarters, take pride in your job, listen to the more experienced staff.

Medical Assistant in New London:
"Do what you want to do because you can do it."
Work hard and don't worry if you get something wrong just try again.

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!

Key Stats for Medical Assistant

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1319 votes.
074
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
75%
5-9 years
14%
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Skills That Affect Medical Assistant Salaries






Phlebotomy
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Triage
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Patient Education
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National Average
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1319 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 39%
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