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Entry-Level Medical Assistant Salary (United States)

For Entry-Level Medical Assistants, hourly wages usually total $12.20 per hour. In the world of Entry-Level Medical Assistants, overall income ranges from $20K near the bottom to $33K at the top; this can include more than $800.1814790520773 from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — roughly two in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by approximately two in five. Most Entry-Level Medical Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Entry-Level Medical Assistant Salary (?
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$19,141 - $39,568
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MEDIAN: $28,205
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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  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 953
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.58 - $15.48  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.72  
Overtime
$7.83 - $23.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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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  
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

Planned Parenthood, Kaiser Permanente, Family Practice Clinic, Internal Medicine Group, and Dermatology Associates are top-notch employers for Entry-Level Medical Assistants in this area. Although Kaiser Permanente heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $31K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $24K to $49K. Dermatology Associates, Community Health Center, Inc., and Gastroenterology Associates are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Entry-Level Medical Assistants earning around $28K, $28K, or $27K at each firm, 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. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Internal Medicine Group ($23K), DaVita Inc. ($26K), and Medical Associates ($26K).

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Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Medical Assistants, 30 percent higher than the national average. New York, Dallas, Atlanta, and Chicago are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Entry-Level Medical Assistants earning around 15 percent, 7 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent more than average. The smallest paychecks in the market, 8 percent south of the national average, can be found in San Antonio. Below-median salaries also turn up in Tampa and Orlando (6 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

Medical Assistant Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
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.
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.
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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Medical Assistant Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
93%
female alumni
 
Male
7%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 59% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 39%