Medical Office Administrator Salary

Medical Office Administrators in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $52K per year for pay. Total cash compensation for Medical Office Administrators runs from $24K to $76K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $12K. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — close to one-third — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and more than a third have dental insurance. Most Medical Office Administrators report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$29,938 - $82,120
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$30K
$52K
$82K
MEDIAN: $51,736
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$10.25 - $24.99
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$29,938 - $82,120  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,761  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $11,635  
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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$24,278 - $75,809  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 387
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.25 - $24.99  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $40.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,761  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $11,635  
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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$24,278 - $75,809  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 364
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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 seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Human Resources, Operations Management, and Payroll Administration are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 35 percent, 30 percent, and 27 percent, respectively. Those listing Scheduling as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Insurance and Electronic Medical Records also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with Billing also tend to 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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $31K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $41K. On average, Medical Office Administrators make $53K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $61K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,238

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Surpassing the national average by 76 percent, Medical Office Administrators in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Medical Office Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+62 percent), Denver (+56 percent), Chicago (+55 percent), and San Diego (+37 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Charlotte Medical Office Administrators earning much less — 23 percent less — than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Seattle and Orlando (5 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Medical Office Administrator Salaries




National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Medical Office Administrator Salaries





Billing
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National Average
$40,000

Medicaid & Medicare Billing
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Scheduling
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 113 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
medical benefits
Vision: 28%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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