Medical Scribe Salary

Median pay for Medical Scribes in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $11.99 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by career duration and the individual firm. While some workers in this profession — approximately half — do not have any health coverage, close to one-half do receive medical benefits and nearly one in three have dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Medical Scribes, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Medical Scribes making up 76 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$19,506 - $46,369
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MEDIAN: $29,781
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$8.84 - $16.42
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$19,506 - $46,369  
   
Bonus
$103.04 - $2,517  
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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$18,569 - $35,831  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 45
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.84 - $16.42  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.67  
Overtime
$12.69 - $25.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$103.04 - $2,517  
   
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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$18,569 - $35,831  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,125

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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

  • 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.
  • Collect, organize, and catalog data for physician quality reporting system and other quality initiatives to increase patient compliance and improve outcomes.
  • Comply with all legal and ethical requirements for medical documentation.
  • Alert physician when medical record is incomplete or medical documentation contains mistakes or inconsistencies .

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Scribe


For Medical Scribes, comfortable salaries can be found at ScribeAmerica; in fact, average earnings are around $21K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($17K versus $36K) is great.

Popular Skills for Medical Scribe


Survey results imply that Medical Scribes put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Medical Records, Transcription, and Medical Coding are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 22 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Most people experienced in Medical Terminology also know Electronic Medical Records (EMR).

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Scribe

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


For Medical Scribes, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $25K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $31K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $32K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $25,155

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 26 percent, Medical Scribes in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Medical Scribes will also find cushy salaries in Charleston (+7 percent) and Portland (+5 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Medical Scribes is geography, with workers in El Paso earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Philadelphia (20 percent lower) and Denver (16 percent lower).

Medical Scribe Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Medical Scribe?

Medical Scribe in Columbia:
"Life of a Scribe."
Pros: As a Medical Scribe, I love the endless amount of knowledge I'm able to obtain. It's not only beneficial to me, but in the process I'm helping to care for, treat, and assist my patients; which is so rewarding. I'm extremely detail oriented and having the ability to truly justify and express the pain or condition the patient is for* them is such an honor. I'm respected amongst my coworkers and they look to me for direction and guidance as I direct them toward a successful day.
Cons: My least favorite part of my position is the compensation. I do EVERYTHING for these Doctors and my value gets looked over by the "big dogs" all of the time. From reading the HPI, to ordering the procedures, to completing the exam and sending the prescriptions - I do it all. I've even gotten so used to the doctors and each of their styles that I can have a patient diagnosed and treated according to their lab results before I even enter the room - that's wonderful, however, I don't have MD in front of my name and I'm not getting a six figure salary for it.

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Key Stats for Medical Scribe

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 87 votes.
Less than 1 year
30%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
4%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Medical Scribe Salaries

▲28%

▲25%

▲25%

National Average
$25,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Medical Scribe Salaries

Medical Records
▲26%

Transcription
▲22%



Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding
▲5%


▲2%

National Average
$25,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 87 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
30%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 49%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
vision benefits
Vision: 27%
dental benefits
None: 48%
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