Medical Scribe Salary

The average Medical Scribe in the United States earns approximately $12.03 per hour. While years of experience and the specific company impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. 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 77 percent. While some workers in this profession — nearly one-half — do not have any health coverage, around half do receive medical benefits and one-third have dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$18,486 - $44,082
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$44K
MEDIAN: $28,875
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$9.07 - $16.91
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$0$44K
Salary $18,486 - $44,082
Bonus $98.26 - $2,543
Profit Sharing $700
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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$18,889 - $36,592
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 54
Hourly Data $0$26
Hourly Rate $9.07 - $16.91
Overtime $13.95 - $26.75
Annual Data $0$36K
Bonus $98.26 - $2,543
Profit Sharing $700
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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$18,889 - $36,592
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,095

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 .

Common Career Paths for Medical Scribe


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Medical Scribe Job Listings

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 pretty varied skill set 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, 21 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Those educated in Medical Terminology tend to be well versed 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: $25,396

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

For those looking to make money, Medical Scribes in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 24 percent above the national average. Medical Scribes will also find cushy salaries in Charleston (+7 percent) and Portland (+5 percent). Compared to the national average, El Paso Medical Scribes have considerably lower salaries, 22 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. On the whole, employers pay 17 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Houston and Denver.

Medical Scribe Reviews

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

Medical Scribe in Provo:
"Rewarding, challenging and fun."
Pros: I've learned so much since I started this job, even more than expected. E enjoy that this job has many different aspects to keep things challenging, interesting and very rewarding. There is the documentation side, for example coding, that I'm continuing to learn so much about. There is the long term patient relationships that I just enjoy so much. I also really love watching the doctor I scribe for interact and care for our patients; he is a knowledgeable and compassionate individual who continues to amaze me with his skill sas a healer and a physician...a rare combination in my experience.
Cons: Not much to dislike except maybe the one thing that is challenging is sitting for long periods; I've found ways to circumvent that problem for the most part.

Medical Scribe in Houston:
"Very fast paced."
Pros: Helping the doctors that I'm scribing for. Making there days a little less hectic.
Cons: The hourly income is what I don't like most.

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
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 111 votes.
Less than 1 year
28%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
4%

Experience Affects Medical Scribe Salaries

▲28%

▲24%

▲24%

National Average
$25,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Medical Scribe Salaries

Medical Records
▲25%

Transcription
▲20%

Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding
▲13%




▲1%

National Average
$25,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 111 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
28%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 47%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
vision benefits
Vision: 28%
no benefits
None: 50%