Women comprise the majority of Medical Office Administrators in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $14.74 per hour on average. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $6K each, total incomes of Medical Office Administrators generally range from $24K to $70K depending on individual performance. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — approximately one-third — do not have any health coverage, the larger part do receive medical benefits and more than two-fifths have dental insurance. Most Medical Office Administrators like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,230 - $81,035
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MEDIAN: $50,539
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$29,230 - $81,035  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,960  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,228  
Commission
$2,610  
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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$23,976 - $70,021  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 253
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$10.45 - $22.91  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $43.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,960  
   
Commission
$2,610  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,228  
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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$23,976 - $70,021  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 323
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Job Description for Medical Office Administrator

Medical office administrators (sometimes called medical secretaries or medical office assistants) are responsible for managing the administrative duties of a medical practitioner's office. The main objective of a medical office administrator is to ensure that all administrative duties of the medical office are handled properly and efficiently, that the office runs smoothly, and that all patient needs are met. Their responsibilities include answering phone calls, creating and managing patient files, scheduling and confirming appointments and handling billing issues. Medical office administrators also keep the main waiting area clean and inviting, making sure to have magazines and other reading materials available for patients as they wait. Additionally, medical office administrators must maintain calendars and appointments for the medical professionals who work in the office. The medical office administrator is often the first person that a patient sees when they arrive at the doctor's office. They are in charge of checking patients in, providing forms to patients, answering any questions, and helping patients to feel comfortable as they wait for their appointment.

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Medical Office Administrator Tasks

  • Ensure compliance and maintain awareness of payer and reimbursement policies, coding guidelines and health insurance changes.
  • Maintain organizational policies and procedures for the clinic.
  • Oversee day-to-day operational and staffing activities.
  • Administer fiscal operations; including accounting, planning budgets and coordinating financial reporting.

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Popular Skills for Medical Office Administrator


Medical Office Administrators report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Human Resources, Operations Management, and Payroll Administration are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 41 percent, 37 percent, and 36 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Scheduling and Office Administration. It is often found that people who know Billing are also skilled in Electronic Medical Records (EMR).

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Office Administrator

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $38K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $31K. Medical Office Administrators see a median salary of $50K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $61K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,111

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Home to some of the best pay for Medical Office Administrators, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 90 percent above the national average. Medical Office Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+75 percent), Dallas (+75 percent), Denver (+69 percent), and Chicago (+68 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Medical Office Administrators in Charlotte earning a whopping 27 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Medical Office Administrator Salaries




National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Medical Office Administrator Salaries





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$37,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
medical benefits
Vision: 30%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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