Chiropractic Assistant Salary
Women make up the vast majority of Chiropractic Assistants in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $12.48 per hour. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Roughly a seventh enjoy medical while less than 10 percent get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to fewer than one in twenty. For the most part, Chiropractic Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
|Salary||$18,574 - $37,722|
|Bonus||$173.60 - $2,060|
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|$20,432 - $34,342|
|Hourly Rate||$9.83 - $16.03|
|Overtime||$14.43 - $24.84|
|Bonus||$173.60 - $2,060|
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Job Description for Chiropractic Assistant
The person who helps set up appointments, answers the phone, keeps patient records, and facilitates payments at a chiropractic office is the chiropractic assistant. He or she works with the chiropractor and act as the go-between to help manage an efficient flow of patients to maximize staff time during office hours.Read More...
Chiropractic assistants must possess excellent telephone skills and be willing to work with existing and new patients to help set up appointments. The assistant also serves as the “face” of the chiropractic office and should cheerfully greet each person arriving for an appointment and ensure that any delays or waiting time to see the chiropractor is communicated in a positive and patient-friendly manner.
The chiropractic assistant also helps keep records updated of patient visits and must have that information organized in a manner that allows the chiropractor to easily access this data. In part because many chiropractic services are generally not covered by insurance companies, the assistant is expected to process payments for patients as necessary.
The educational requirements for the position are normally a high school diploma or equivalent. In larger chiropractic practices, the chiropractors may prefer to hire persons with previous office experience in the field. Chiropractic assistants normally work regular business hours, although some chiropractors do offer a few days where evening appointments are accepted as well. Assistants need strong organizational skills and an ability to spend much of their workday on their feet. A good familiarity with computers and some data entry is also preferred. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Chiropractic Assistant Tasks
- Perform electrical stimulation, ultrasound and hot and cold pack applications.
- Assist doctor performing chiropractic patient therapy and rehabilitation techniques.
- Supervise patient during procedures, informing doctor of any changes or issues.
Common Career Paths for Chiropractic Assistant
At the upper end, Chiropractic Assistants who move into a Chiropractor role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Chiropractors is a much higher $60K per year. Becoming an Office Manager of a Medical Office is, more often than not, the most common role that Chiropractic Assistants move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $37K. Another frequent advance is for Chiropractic Assistants to assume a Chiropractic Therapy Assistant role; in this role, workers often earn $25K.
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Popular Skills for Chiropractic Assistant
Chiropractic Assistants report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Customer Relations, Billing, Insurance, and Office Administration are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Chiropractic Techniques and Rehabilitation. Those educated in Customer Service tend to be well versed in Office Administration and Insurance.
Pay by Experience Level for Chiropractic Assistant
Pay by Experience for a Chiropractic Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Chiropractic Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 846 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Chiropractic Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 214 salaries. An experienced Chiropractic Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 123 salaries. A Chiropractic Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 28 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
For Chiropractic Assistants, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 22 percent greater than the national average. Chiropractic Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+19 percent), Austin (+18 percent), Raleigh (+16 percent), and Portland (+11 percent). Trailing the national average by 9 percent, Cincinnati is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Atlanta (8 percent lower) and Las Vegas (5 percent lower).
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