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.

$19,464 - $40,601
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MEDIAN: $29,376
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$19,464 - $40,601  
   
Bonus
$103.17 - $1,673  
Profit Sharing
$8.00 - $2,200  
Commission
$300.00  
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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$20,925 - $35,207  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 832
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.05 - $16.37  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.94  
Overtime
$14.39 - $25.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$103.17 - $1,673  
   
Commission
$300.00  
Profit Sharing
$8.00 - $2,200  
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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$20,925 - $35,207  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 12,297
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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

National Average: $27,555

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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).

Medical Assistant Advice

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.

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Skills That Affect Medical Assistant Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1271 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
medical benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 38%
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