Entry-Level Medical Assistant Salary
An average Entry-Level Medical Assistant can expect to take home roughly $13.08 per hour. Cash earnings for Entry-Level Medical Assistants — including $2K in bonuses and $2K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $21K to $35K depending on individual performance. The particular firm and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and more than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than half and dental coverage is claimed by more than two-fifths. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Entry-Level Medical Assistants include Planned Parenthood, Family Practice Clinic, Family Practice Group, Kaiser Permanente, and Banner Health. Entry-Level Medical Assistants seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Kaiser Permanente, where the median salary comes to $41K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($28K) and those starting out ($54K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Other big spenders include Dignity Health, Swedish Medical Center, and Internal Medicine Group, top-paying firms where Entry-Level Medical Assistants see paychecks nearing $38K, $37K, or $32K.
Family Practice Clinic reports the lowest median salary in the area by far — it's only $22K, just about half of the top paying company's median. Employees at Corizon, Medical Associates, and Health Clinic can also expect below-average earnings of $23K, $26K, and $27K.
Pay Difference by Location
For Entry-Level Medical Assistants, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 32 percent greater than the national average. Entry-Level Medical Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+15 percent), New York (+11 percent), San Diego (+4 percent), and Chicago (+3 percent). Jacksonville ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 6 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Orlando and San Antonio (6 percent lower).