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Entry-Level Medical Assistant Salary

The average Entry-Level Medical Assistant earns approximately $12.41 per hour. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although over a third lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and just over two-fifths get dental coverage, too. Most Entry-Level Medical Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$19,311 - $39,812
(Median)
$19K
$29K
$40K
MEDIAN: $28,801
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$9.73 - $15.69
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary 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$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$19,311 - $39,812  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $694  
Profit Sharing
$483.39 - $3,959  
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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$20,270 - $33,956  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 978
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.73 - $15.69  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.96  
Overtime
$6.97 - $23.60  
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 - $694  
   
Profit Sharing
$483.39 - $3,959  
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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$20,270 - $33,956  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 11,950

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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Medical Assistant


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Entry-Level Medical Assistants include Planned Parenthood, Kaiser Permanente, Family Practice Clinic, Medical Associates, and Internal Medicine Group. Although Kaiser Permanente leads the field in pay with a median salary of $35K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $24K on the low end all the way up to $49K at the top. Entry-Level Medical Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks at Doctors Express ($28K), Dermatology Associates ($28K), and Community Health Center, Inc. ($28K).

For Entry-Level Medical Assistants, below-average salaries can be found at Family Practice Clinic; in fact, average earnings are around $22K, the lowest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($16K versus $33K) is great. Internal Medicine Group, Henry Ford Health Systems, and DaVita Inc. also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $24K, $24K, and $26K.

Pay Difference by Location


Entry-Level Medical Assistants will find that Seattle offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 28 percent. Entry-Level Medical Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+22 percent), New York (+14 percent), Chicago (+6 percent), and Atlanta (+5 percent). Trailing the national average by 9 percent, San Antonio is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Orlando (6 percent lower) and Tampa (5 percent lower).

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

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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Procedures
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Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
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Phlebotomy
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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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Scheduling
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National Average
$26,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1660 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 38%
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