Medical Scribe Salary

Medical Scribes in the United States can expect wages of $12.02 per hour on average. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but experience level and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Women account for the majority of Medical Scribes who took the survey — 81 percent to be exact. Health benefits are not claimed by all — more than two-fifths lack any form of coverage — but over one-half have medical insurance, and more than a third have dental, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$20,134 - $49,665
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MEDIAN: $29,594
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$8.80 - $15.98
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,134 - $49,665  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,745  
Total Pay (?
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$18,487 - $35,620  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 36
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$8.80 - $15.98  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.11  
Overtime
$12.22 - $27.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,745  
   
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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$18,487 - $35,620  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 815
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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


Employees at ScribeAmerica take home the smallest paychecks, and $21K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $18K and quickly nearing the top at only $29K.

Popular Skills for Medical Scribe


Medical Scribes report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Medical Coding, Electronic Medical Records, Medical Records, and Medical Terminology are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people who know 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $25K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $30K. Medical Scribes claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $31K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $32K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $25,293

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

With a pay rate for Medical Scribes that is 20 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Medical Scribes will also find cushy salaries in Charleston (+7 percent) and Minneapolis (+3 percent). Medical Scribes in El Paso report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 22 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers in Denver and Seattle also lean toward paying below-median salaries (17 percent lower and 15 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 Coding
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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Medical Records
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Medical Terminology
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Typing
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National Average
$25,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
25%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 53%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
medical benefits
Vision: 29%
dental benefits
None: 45%
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