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Medical Office Administrator Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Medical Office Administrators in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $52K per year. Total cash compensation for Medical Office Administrators runs from $25K to $77K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $8K and profit sharing that can reach almost $12K. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Medical Office Administrators. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under a third lack any form of coverage — but more than half have medical insurance, and two in five have dental, too. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,748 - $80,478
(Median)
$31K
$52K
$80K
MEDIAN: $52,104
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$10.26 - $25.73
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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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$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$30,748 - $80,478  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,027  
Profit Sharing
$341.53 - $12,164  
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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$24,521 - $76,558  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 349
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.26 - $25.73  
   
Overtime
$1.36 - $39.59  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,027  
   
Profit Sharing
$341.53 - $12,164  
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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$24,521 - $76,558  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 316

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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 wide range of professional 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 31 percent, 25 percent, and 24 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Insurance, Electronic Medical Records, and Medical Coding. Human Resources and Operations Management are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Office Administrator

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Medical Office Administrators. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $40K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $32K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $52K in this role. Medical Office Administrators who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $60K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Atlanta is home to an above-average pay rate for Medical Office Administrators, 98 percent higher than the national average. Medical Office Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+69 percent), Chicago (+50 percent), San Diego (+34 percent), and Chattanooga (+29 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Charlotte Medical Office Administrators earning much less — 20 percent less — than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Seattle (9 percent lower) and Tampa (8 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Medical Office Administrator Salaries



National Average
$42,000



Skills That Affect Medical Office Administrator Salaries





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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 120 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 30%
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