Entry-Level Medical Assistant Salary

Median pay for Entry-Level Medical Assistants lies in the neighborhood of $13.22 per hour. Total cash earnings of Entry-Level Medical Assistants range from $21K on the low end to $36K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $2K and $2K, respectively. The company and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although around two in five lack health benefits of any kind, the larger part do enjoy medical insurance, and more than two-fifths get dental coverage, too. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$19,796 - $41,156
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$29K
$41K
MEDIAN: $29,489
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$10.13 - $16.51
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$19,796 - $41,156  
   
Bonus
$101.95 - $1,900  
Profit Sharing
$9.79 - $2,451  
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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$21,107 - $35,598  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 852
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.13 - $16.51  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.90  
Overtime
$14.48 - $25.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$101.95 - $1,900  
   
Commission
$125.00  
Profit Sharing
$9.79 - $2,451  
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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$21,107 - $35,598  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 12,551

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Entry-Level Medical Assistants fill the offices of leading firms Planned Parenthood, Family Practice Clinic, Banner Health, Kaiser Permanente, and Mercy Hospital. Although Dignity Health offers the highest salaries (median pay is $37K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $33K to $43K. Other big spenders include Swedish Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, and Internal Medicine Group, top-paying firms where Entry-Level Medical Assistants see paychecks nearing $37K, $36K, or $32K.

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: $27,875

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

With a pay rate for Entry-Level Medical Assistants that is 32 percent greater than the national average, Seattle offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Entry-Level Medical Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+15 percent), New York (+9 percent), Philadelphia (+4 percent), and Chicago (+4 percent). In Dallas, salaries are 8 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Jacksonville and San Antonio (7 percent lower).

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
92 %
Male
8 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1413 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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Patient Education
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Family Practice
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National Average
$28,000


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Phlebotomy
▼1%

Triage
▼1%


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▼2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1413 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
no benefits
None: 39%
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