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Medical Assistant Salary

A Medical Assistant earns an average wage of $13.44 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.

$20,060 - $41,255
(Median)
$20K
$30K
$41K
MEDIAN: $29,995
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90%

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$10.07 - $17.55
(Median)
$10
$13
$18
MEDIAN: $13.00
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90%

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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
$20,060 - $41,255  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $963  
Profit Sharing
$245.66 - $4,000  
Commission
$302.01 - $17,879  
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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$21,034 - $37,628  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,665
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.07 - $17.55  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.82  
Overtime
$6.88 - $25.74  
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$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $963  
   
Commission
$302.01 - $17,879  
Profit Sharing
$245.66 - $4,000  
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).
)
$21,034 - $37,628  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 21,307

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Job Description for Medical Assistant

Medical assistants help leading physicians take care of patients. They interview and record patients' medical information, measure their vital signs, weight and height. They also show patients to examination rooms and gather the necessary information to prepare them for the physician. Medical assistants may also be in charge of preparing and administering medications as directed by a physician, and they record and understand many different laboratory and diagnostic tests. Additionally, they may collect, prepare and log blood, tissue, plasma or other laboratory specimens. Medical assistants may also assist with administrative duties including scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing and coding for insurance purposes.

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Medical Assistant Tasks

  • Prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician.
  • Interview and record patients' medical information and measure their vital signs, weight, and height.
  • Collect, prepare and log blood, tissue or other laboratory specimens.
  • Show patients to examination rooms and prepare them for the physician.
  • May assist with administrative duties including scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding for insurance purposes.

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Pay by Experience Level for Medical Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

Medical Assistant Reviews

What is it like working as a Medical Assistant?

Medical Assistant in Phoenix:
"Medical assistant."
Pros: I like that I get to help people feel better or simply smile. I like how I can interact with my patients.
Cons: The least would be no paid time off or vacation time.

Medical Assistant in Bridgeton:
"Good Job."
Pros: I enjoy working with patients and it is steady work. No weekends.
Cons: The compensation is not enough for what I am expected to do, I drive longer than I would like adding wear and tear to my only vehicle. I am often at the office at late hours.

Medical Assistant in Lakewood:
"Can Be Stressful But Rewarding."
Pros: Learning new things. Nothing really.
Cons: Not getting compensated for all the consistent hard work. New responsibility, no compensation. The office politics. Stress level is very high. Some people don't pull their own weight. There are no perks. There is no management at all. Office conditions are unstable.

Medical Assistant in Philadelphia:
"MA."
Pros: I like the practice I work for. I like the patient care I give. It's in my nature to nurture. The doctors/surgeons are so enlightening. The fact that I work along side students give me education on the job.
Cons: The pay rate do to the fact I pay to go to work.

Medical Assistant in Chesapeake:
Pros: Nice environment to work with. All employees get along.
Cons: Low pay, poor communications between the management and staff.

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Experience Affects Medical Assistant Salaries




National Average
$29,000


Skills That Affect Medical Assistant Salaries

Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
up arrow 4%

Procedures
up arrow 3%

Internal Medicine
up arrow 3%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 2%

Triage
up arrow 2%

Pediatrics
up arrow 2%

Patient Education
up arrow 1%

Phlebotomy
0%

Scheduling
0%

Customer Service
0%

Family Practice
0%

Billing
0%

National Average
$29,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Insurance
up arrow 1%

Medical Records
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3442 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 63% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 34%
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