Medical Office Administrator Salary

Women account for the majority of Medical Office Administrators in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $52K per year. Total cash compensation for Medical Office Administrators runs from $24K to $76K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $8K and profit sharing that can reach almost $12K. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. While just under a third report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and around two in five have dental, as well. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$30,524 - $80,425
(Median)
$31K
$52K
$80K
MEDIAN: $52,020
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$10.18 - $25.67
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$15
$26
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$30,524 - $80,425  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,027  
Profit Sharing
$337.70 - $12,365  
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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$24,381 - $76,214  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 346
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.18 - $25.67  
   
Overtime
$1.43 - $39.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,027  
   
Profit Sharing
$337.70 - $12,365  
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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$24,381 - $76,214  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 324
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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 diverse set 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 31 percent, 25 percent, and 23 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Insurance, Electronic Medical Records, and Medical Coding. Most people who know Billing also know Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Office Administrator

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


Medical Office Administrators with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $32K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $40K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $52K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $61K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 101 percent, Medical Office Administrators in Atlanta receive some of the highest pay in the country. Medical Office Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+71 percent), Chicago (+52 percent), San Diego (+36 percent), and Chattanooga (+30 percent). Medical Office Administrators' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Medical Office Administrators in Charlotte bring in salaries that are 24 percent lower than the national average. Workers in Seattle and Tampa earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less and 7 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Medical Office Administrator Salaries



National Average
$41,000



Skills That Affect Medical Office Administrator Salaries





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National Average
$41,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 116 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 31%
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