A Medical Assistant works in a physician’s office and performs administrative duties, which include appointment scheduling, maintenance of patients' medical records, billing, and coding for insurance requirements.
Clinical functions include taking and keeping records of vital signs and medical histories as well as preparing the patient for examination. Other duties include blood drawing and administration of medication, all under the supervision of the hiring physician. Most medical assistants receive on the job training.
National pay data for hourly rates range from $10.80 to $14.54, with total annual salaries of $22,866 to $31,252 including overtime pay and bonuses. Holders of this job have potential career advancement as Certified Medical Assistant, Registered Nurse, and Office Manager for Medical Offices.
US cities where the highest hourly rates for this job could be found are:
- San Francisco, CA - $14.78 to $20.20
- Everett, WA - $15.03 to $17.60
- Portland, Maine - $14.24 to $16.56
- Seattle, WA - $13.55 to $17.13
- Portland, OR - $13.67 to $17.23