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Entry-Level Medical Assistant Salary

Entry-Level Medical Assistants can expect to earn an average of $12.28 per hour. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Medical Assistants bottoms out near $20K and approaches $34K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $722.1769370964797 from bonuses and almost $4K from profit sharing. Residence and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — more than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and around two in five receive dental plans. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$19,195 - $39,698
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MEDIAN: $28,492
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$19,195 - $39,698  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $722  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $4,009  
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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$20,097 - $33,708  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 948
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.64 - $15.56  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.70  
Overtime
$7.62 - $23.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $722  
   
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $4,009  
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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$20,097 - $33,708  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 11,546
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Medical Assistant


Planned Parenthood, Kaiser Permanente, Family Practice Clinic, Medical Associates, and Internal Medicine Group are among the top companies that take on many Entry-Level Medical Assistants. Employees of Kaiser Permanente can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $32K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $24K to $49K. Dermatology Associates, Community Health Center, Inc., and Norton Healthcare Inc. also offer top salaries for Entry-Level Medical Assistants. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $28K, $28K, and $27K, respectively.

Family Practice Clinic offers the smallest salaries in town — $22K on average — but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $16K to $33K) creates a rather varied pay scale. Workers at Internal Medicine Group, Henry Ford Health Systems, and DaVita Inc. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $23K, $24K, and $26K respectively.

Pay Difference by Location


For Entry-Level Medical Assistants, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Entry-Level Medical Assistants will also find cushy salaries in New York (+15 percent), Dallas (+6 percent), Chicago (+5 percent), and Atlanta (+5 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 9 percent south of the national average, can be found in San Antonio. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Tampa and Orlando (5 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.

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Medical Assistant Salaries

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National Average
$26,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1570 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 59% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 38%