Entry-Level Medical Assistant Salary (United States)

Entry-Level Medical Assistants ordinarily take home approximately $12.20 per hour. Total cash compensation approaches anywhere from $19,141 on the lower end to $39,568 on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $800.1814790520773 from bonuses and upwards of $3,973 from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Some workers in this field—39 percent—are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by 41 percent. Work is enjoyable for the better half of Entry-Level Medical Assistants who claim high levels of job satisfaction. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.
Entry-Level Medical Assistant Salary (?
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$19,141 - $39,568
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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 (?
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: 953
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
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$9.58 - $15.48  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.72  
Overtime
$7.83 - $23.21  
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 - $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

Known for taking on a considerable number of Entry-Level Medical Assistants, Planned Parenthood, Kaiser Permanente, Family Practice Clinic, Internal Medicine Group, and Dermatology Associates are leading firms in the industry. Kaiser Permanente attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area—the median in that office is $31,411—but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $24K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $49K. Entry-Level Medical Assistants will also find cushy salaries at Dermatology Associates (+$27,849), Community Health Center, Inc. (+$27,849, $27,738), and Gastroenterology Associates (+$27,360).
Family Practice Clinic offers the smallest salaries in town—$22,404 on average—but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $16,412 to $33K) creates a rather varied pay scale. Employees at Internal Medicine Group and DaVita Inc. can also expect below-average earnings of $22,882 and $25,735.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Entry-Level Medical Assistants, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Also paying near the top of the field are New York, Dallas, Atlanta, and Chicago, where Entry-Level Medical Assistants annually earn 15 percent, 7 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent more than the national average. 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 Tampa and Orlando (-6 percent and -5 percent, respectively).

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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Gender

Female
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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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