Entry-Level Medical Assistant Salary (United States)

Entry-Level Medical Assistants usually make around $12.20 per hour. Geography and the specific employer each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all—39 percent lack any form of coverage—but more than half have medical insurance, and 41 percent have dental, too. Work is enjoyable for Entry-Level Medical Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Entry-Level Medical Assistant Salary (?
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$19,141 - $39,568
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MEDIAN: $28,205
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Entry-Level Medical Assistant Salary (?
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$9.58 - $15.48
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$19,141 - $39,568  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $800  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $3,973  
Total Pay (?
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$19,988 - $33,490  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 953
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.58 - $15.48  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.72  
Overtime
$7.83 - $23.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
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$0.00 - $800  
   
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $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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$19,988 - $33,490  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 11,411
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Medical Assistant

Planned Parenthood, Kaiser Permanente, Family Practice Clinic, Internal Medicine Group, and Dermatology Associates are all popular places to work. Kaiser Permanente offers the largest salaries in town—$31,411 on average—but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $24K to $49K) creates a rather varied pay scale. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Dermatology Associates, Community Health Center, Inc., and Gastroenterology Associates, top-paying firms where Entry-Level Medical Assistants rake in a solid $27,849, $27,738, or $27,360, respectively.
The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Family Practice Clinic, where the median salary is just $22,404. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Internal Medicine Group at $22,882 and DaVita Inc. where $25,735 is the norm.

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For those looking to make money, Entry-Level Medical Assistants in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. New York, Dallas, Atlanta, and Chicago also offer top salaries for Entry-Level Medical Assistants. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 15 percent, 7 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent more, respectively. Falling short of the national average by 8 percent, the area with the worst salaries is San Antonio. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Tampa (-6 percent) and Orlando (-5 percent).

Medical Assistant Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
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.
Medical Assistant in Springfield:
"Rewarding Job."
Continue your career path and learn as much now as possible as a medical assistant then follow on to become a RN.
Medical Assistant in Virginia:
"There Are More Responsibilities That Are Being Passed On."
Being a medical assistant has it flaws I guess depending on where you at will make all the difference. Overall if people would work together where I work at things would be a lot better the Clinicans do not like to get clients signatures that have been seeing. And they expect the Medical Assistant to obtained those signatures for them. There are 2 medical assistants in this office and we have a total of close to 400 charts on our caseload.
Medical Assistant in Sugar Land:
"What Other Employees Were Being Paid."
Entry level medical assistants minimum hourly wage should be at least 12.00 per hour.

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Medical Assistant Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 1506 votes.

Gender

Female
93%
female alumni
 
Male
7%
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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 59% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 39%
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