Medical Scribe Salary

For Medical Scribes, hourly average wages total $11.98 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by career duration and the individual firm. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Medical Scribes. Female Medical Scribes make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. Although close to one-half have medical coverage and nearly one in three have dental coverage, nearly one-half claim no health benefits at all. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$19,195 - $46,369
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MEDIAN: $29,485
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$8.89 - $16.48
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$19,195 - $46,369  
   
Bonus
$103.04 - $2,517  
Total Pay (?
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$18,616 - $36,006  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 45
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.89 - $16.48  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.67  
Overtime
$12.69 - $25.65  
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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$18,616 - $36,006  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,102

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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


Although ScribeAmerica leads the field in pay with a median salary of $21K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $17K on the low end all the way up to $35K at the top.

Popular Skills for Medical Scribe


Medical Scribes report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Medical Records, Transcription, and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 22 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. It is often found that people who know Medical Terminology are also skilled in Electronic Medical Records (EMR).

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Scribe

Pay by Experience for a Medical Scribe has a positive trend. An entry-level Medical Scribe with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 984 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Medical Scribe with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 108 salaries. An experienced Medical Scribe which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 86 salaries. A Medical Scribe with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 43 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $25,152

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

For Medical Scribes, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Medical Scribes will also find cushy salaries in Charleston (+8 percent) and Portland (+6 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. Employers also pay below the national average in Houston 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 90 votes.
Less than 1 year
29%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Medical Scribe Salaries

▲30%

▲25%

▲25%

National Average
$25,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Medical Scribe Salaries

Medical Records
▲26%

Transcription
▲22%

Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding
▲14%




▲2%

National Average
$25,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 90 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
29%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 48%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
vision benefits
Vision: 27%
no benefits
None: 49%
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