Entry-Level Medical Assistant Salary

Entry-Level Medical Assistants take home an average $12.66 per hour. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Over a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and just over two-fifths claim dental coverage as well. Work is enjoyable for Entry-Level Medical Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$19,236 - $40,107
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$19K
$29K
$40K
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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Entry-Level Medical Assistants flock to Planned Parenthood, Kaiser Permanente, Family Practice Clinic, Internal Medicine Group, and Swedish Medical Center, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Entry-Level Medical Assistants in search of the best pay head to Dignity Health, where the median salary rolls in at $37K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $42K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $31K. Other big spenders include Swedish Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, and Doctors Express, top-paying firms where Entry-Level Medical Assistants see paychecks nearing $36K, $33K, or $29K.

Family Practice Clinic offers the smallest salaries in town — $22K on average — but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $16K to $33K) creates a rather varied pay scale. Henry Ford Health Systems, DaVita Inc., and Internal Medicine Group are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($25K, $26K, and $26K respectively).

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $26,746

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

Surpassing the national average by 30 percent, Entry-Level Medical Assistants in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. 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. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Orlando and Las Vegas (7 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 Medical Assistant Salaries

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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Procedures
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Patient Education
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Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
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Customer Service
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Phlebotomy
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Triage
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Pediatrics
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Billing
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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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