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Medical Scribe Salary (United States)

Medical Scribes in the United States can expect wages of $12.52 per hour on average. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Although two in five lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and just over two-fifths get dental coverage, too. There are far more female Medical Scribes who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 83 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Medical Scribe Salary (?
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$22,000 - $56,775
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MEDIAN: $34,276
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Medical Scribe Salary (?
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$8.93 - $17.08
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$22,000 - $56,775  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,454  
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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$18,699 - $37,586  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 14
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$8.93 - $17.08  
   
Overtime
$12.48 - $30.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,454  
   
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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$18,699 - $37,586  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 280
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Job Description for Medical Scribe

Medical scribes perform a wide variety of transcription related tasks such as inputting patient data (such as history or symptoms), recording examination results, and preparing charts Depending on the facility and company, this may involve electronic forms of documentation or physical paperwork, but organizing and cataloging are generally a large part of the job. The daily operations of the position involve close work with physicians and other employees in the medical environment. Medical scribes are generally directly supervised by a nurse manager or similar professional.
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Medical Scribe Tasks
  • Comply with all legal and ethical requirements for medical documentation.
  • Alert physician when medical record is incomplete or medical documentation contains mistakes or inconsistencies .
  • Collect, organize, and catalog data for physician quality reporting system and other quality initiatives to increase patient compliance and improve outcomes.
  • Document medical visits and procedures as they are being performed by the physician accurately and thoroughly.
  • Perform clerical tasks as needed by the physician including faxing, phone calls, referral letters.

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Popular Skills for Medical Scribe

Survey takers who work as Medical Scribes usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Typing, Electronic Medical Records, Medical Terminology, and Medical Coding are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Medical Records. Most people familiar with Electronic Medical Records also know Medical Terminology.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Scribe

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
The average beginner in this position makes around $25K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $31K. For Medical Scribes, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $32K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $31K.

Pay Difference By Location

Houston
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New York
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National Average
$27,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Medical Scribes, Houston offers exceptional salaries, 17 percent above the national average. Medical Scribes will also find cushy salaries in New York (+11 percent) and Carlsbad (+3 percent).

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Experience Affects Medical Scribe Salaries

National Average
$27,000

Skills That Affect Medical Scribe Salaries

Typing
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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Medical Terminology
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National Average
$27,000
Medical Coding
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Medical Records
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
83%
female alumni
 
Male
17%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 41%