The average Medical Scribe in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $11.99 per hour. While experience level and the particular employer impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. Most Medical Scribes survey respondents are women (76 percent). A little less than one-half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, roughly one-half report medical coverage and nearly one in three claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Medical Scribes claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$19,427 - $44,385
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MEDIAN: $27,075
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$8.86 - $16.37
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$19,427 - $44,385  
   
Bonus
$102.56 - $2,525  
Profit Sharing
$600  
Total Pay (?
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$18,579 - $35,753  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 41
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.86 - $16.37  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.11  
Overtime
$12.79 - $25.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$102.56 - $2,525  
   
Profit Sharing
$600  
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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$18,579 - $35,753  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,116
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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 Employer Salaries for Medical Scribe


The biggest paychecks can be found at ScribeAmerica — the median salary there is $21K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $18K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $36K.

Popular Skills for Medical Scribe


Survey results suggest that Medical Scribes use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Medical Records, Medical Coding, and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 14 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Those proficient in Medical Terminology are, more often than not, also skilled in Electronic Medical Records (EMR).

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Scribe

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


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $25K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $31K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Medical Scribes make a median salary of $31K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $32K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $25,150

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

Medical Scribes will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 23 percent. Medical Scribes will also find cushy salaries in Charleston (+8 percent) and Portland (+3 percent). Medical Scribes' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Medical Scribes in El Paso bring in salaries that are 21 percent lower than the national average. Philadelphia and Orlando are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 19 percent lower and 16 percent lower, respectively.

Medical Scribe Reviews

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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Experience Affects Medical Scribe Salaries




National Average
$25,000


Skills That Affect Medical Scribe Salaries

Medical Records
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Medical Terminology
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National Average
$25,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
29%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 51%
dental benefits
Dental: 34%
medical benefits
Vision: 28%
dental benefits
None: 46%
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