Entry-Level Medical Assistant Salary

Median pay for Entry-Level Medical Assistants lies in the neighborhood of $12.47 per hour. Location and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by more than two-fifths. The majority of Entry-Level Medical Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$19,327 - $39,848

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$9.75 - $15.74

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$19,327 - $39,848  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $671  
Profit Sharing
$480.47 - $3,987  
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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$20,322 - $34,013  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,010
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.75 - $15.74  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.42  
Overtime
$7.22 - $23.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $671  
   
Profit Sharing
$480.47 - $3,987  
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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$20,322 - $34,013  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 12,813
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Medical Assistant


Planned Parenthood, Kaiser Permanente, Family Practice Clinic, Internal Medicine Group, and Medical Associates are among the top companies that take on many Entry-Level Medical Assistants. Entry-Level Medical Assistants seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Kaiser Permanente, where the median salary comes to $32K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($25K) and those starting out ($51K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Doctors Express, Dermatology Associates, and Community Health Center, Inc., where Entry-Level Medical Assistants typically earn around $29K, $28K, or $28K, respectively.

Though certain workers may see earnings of up to $33K, Family Practice Clinic still falls short in the compensation department — the median pay is only $22K, the lowest in the field. Other low-paying employers include Henry Ford Health Systems at $24K and Internal Medicine Group at $25K, though some Entry-Level Medical Assistants there earn up to $38K.

Pay Difference by Location


Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Medical Assistants, 29 percent higher than the national average. Entry-Level Medical Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+22 percent), New York (+14 percent), Baltimore (+7 percent), and Chicago (+6 percent). San Antonio ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 10 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Orlando (6 percent less) and Los Angeles (4 percent less).

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 Entry-Level Medical Assistant Salaries

Procedures
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Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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Patient Education
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Billing
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Phlebotomy
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Customer Service
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Scheduling
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Triage
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Microsoft Office
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Internal Medicine
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Pediatrics
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National Average
$26,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1672 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 38%
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