Our medical assistant salary data is gathered from the United States Department Of Labor and is guaranteed to be updated within 30 days of the most recent data release. The mean average annual medical assistant salary is calculated based on a 40 hour work week.
The average annual medical assistant salary in the US is $30550
The average hourly rate a medical assistant makes in the US is $14.69
In order to work as a medical assistant, at a minimum one must have a diploma, and be competent to work alongside licensed and trained medical professionals. Due to the fact that each state has their own rules, and each employer has different requirements, it may vary what is required, for each medical assistant, based on where they live, and where they eventually hope to find a job in the respective field that they would like to go in to.
To become a medical assistant, you do not need a college degree, but are required to earn at least a high school diploma. Working alongside health care professionals you are scheduling, meeting patients, taking vital signs, preparing lab samples, and so forth, so you do have to be competent in certain areas in order to work in this field. Many offices or even hospitals, are going to require you to become registered, meaning you will eventually be required to do training courses, in order to prepare for licensing and other exams that are administered, in order for you to become a registered medical assistant.
Several months of on the job training is required in the path to become a medical assistant; since no formal education is required, the on the job training is where you are going to learn the job. Learning terminology, how to administer certain tests, how to work with different doctors and medical professionals, are all a part of the ongoing training you are going to receive as a medical assistant. If you do not want to undergo months of training, a shorter route is to take necessary steps and exams, which allows you to become a registered medical assistant, in a much shorter period of time and rapidly increase your medical assistant salary.
You can either test online or do a paper exam, in order to do the registered medical assistant exam. It is going to cover different topics including medical law, terminology, ethics, sterilization, emergency procedure, and so forth; in order to pass, and become registered, you will have to pass with a 70 % or higher score on the exam. In passing, you are not only a registered medical assistant, you are also going to earn a higher medical assistant salary, and have the opportunity to work in different fields. You can choose where to work, in an office or hospital, which is going to affect your salary, as well as your duties.
This is going to vary when you work as a medical assistant. Of course the more you work, the higher your salary is going to be, as most medical assistants earn an hourly rate (unless they are supervisors). If you work in the hospital setting, you are working with a number of medical professionals, so your schedule is not going to be the normal 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday work week. As a medical assistant in a hospital, you can expect weekend and night hours, and pretty much be on call, whenever a medical professional needs you to come in. If you work for a smaller doctor office, the hours are a little more routine, but it can still vary and you may be on call for emergency situations. You can expect a more stringent schedule, but it is not really going to be the normal work week, that other professionals are used to. If you choose to work as a medical assistant, you should expect the unexpected, and your schedule should be pretty much open to come in at any time, for any task you are needed to take on for a doctor.
In the medical field, things are never cut and dry, and your schedule is never going to be the same from one week to the next; this is true as a medical assistant as well. Over time you can earn a higher medical assistant salary, and if you do what is required to become licensed and certified, you can set your schedule a little more, but it is never going to be exactly what you choose. So, if you like constant change, helping others, and working with several doctors, surgeons, and other professionals, a career in the field as a medical assistant might be one to consider.