Medical Office Administrator Salary

Women comprise the majority of Medical Office Administrators in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $52K annually on average. Total cash earnings of Medical Office Administrators range from $24K on the low end to $76K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $8K and $12K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under one in three lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and two in five have dental, too. Most Medical Office Administrators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$30,552 - $80,285
(Median)
$31K
$52K
$80K
MEDIAN: $52,135
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$10.15 - $25.71
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$26
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$30,552 - $80,285  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,139  
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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$24,335 - $76,264  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 349
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.15 - $25.71  
   
Overtime
$1.36 - $39.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,139  
   
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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$24,335 - $76,264  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 321
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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 pretty varied skill set 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 32 percent, 25 percent, and 22 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Insurance and Electronic Medical Records. Most people skilled in Billing are similarly competent in 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.


For many Medical Office Administrators, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $32K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $40K. Medical Office Administrators bring in $53K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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


Medical Office Administrators will find that Atlanta offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 100 percent. Medical Office Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+71 percent), Chicago (+52 percent), San Diego (+36 percent), and Chattanooga (+30 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Medical Office Administrator's salary, with Charlotte Medical Office Administrators earning salaries that are 24 percent less than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Seattle (8 percent lower) and Tampa (7 percent lower).

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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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$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
13%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 30%
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