Entry-Level Medical Assistant Salary

Entry-Level Medical Assistants can expect to earn an average of $13.17 per hour. In the world of Entry-Level Medical Assistants, total cash compensation can vary between $21K and $35K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $2K and $3K, respectively. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Entry-Level Medical Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and around two in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by just over two-fifths. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$19,651 - $40,951
$20K
$29K
$41K
MEDIAN: $29,394
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$10.09 - $16.46
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$19,651 - $40,951  
   
Bonus
$102.66 - $1,717  
Profit Sharing
$8.00 - $3,200  
Commission
$125.00  
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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$21,027 - $35,444  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 797
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.09 - $16.46  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.94  
Overtime
$14.54 - $25.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$102.66 - $1,717  
   
Commission
$125.00  
Profit Sharing
$8.00 - $3,200  
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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$21,027 - $35,444  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 12,239

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Leading companies who hire large numbers of Entry-Level Medical Assistants include Planned Parenthood, Family Practice Clinic, Banner Health, Kaiser Permanente, and Mercy Hospital. Salary cannot be beat at Dignity Health, where median pay comes to $37K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $33K, and the higher end is not far away at $43K. Swedish Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, and Internal Medicine Group are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Entry-Level Medical Assistants earning around $37K, $36K, or $32K at each firm, respectively.

Offering a median salary of only $22K, Family Practice Clinic gives out the smallest paychecks. Furthermore, the earnings range of $16K to $33K isn't that wide, either. Pediatric Clinic, Medical Associates and Mercy Hospital are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $24K, $26K, and $27K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $27,755

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

For those looking to make money, Entry-Level Medical Assistants in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 32 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Medical Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+16 percent), New York (+9 percent), Philadelphia (+5 percent), and Chicago (+4 percent). With compensation 8 percent below the national average, Dallas is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Workers in Jacksonville and San Antonio earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less and 6 percent less, respectively).

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 1314 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
75%
5-9 years
14%
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Skills That Affect Medical Assistant Salaries

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Phlebotomy
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Triage
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Patient Education
▼0%

Family Practice
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National Average
$28,000


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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1314 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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