Salary for Medical Secretaries and Administrative Assistants

Also known as:  Dental Secretary, Hospital Secretary, Psychiatric Secretary

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Medical secretaries are professional men and women who perform numerous duties within a medical organization. This can include a doctor's office or a hospital. Legal Secretaries duties include answering telephones, filing paperwork, assisting with paperwork and patient correspondence and research. Those who work in medical secretary positions should be knowledgeable in the medical field, including understanding medical terminology. The position requires that a certification be obtained before working. This certificate is available from many colleges in less than one year of time. Average pay for the position varies according to the location in which employment is found.

A Medical Secretary and Administrative Assistant will most likely earn wages that can range from $27,000 to $54,600 depending on seniority. can get a salary of thirty-nine thousand dollars on an annual basis.

can obtain the highest salaries in District of Columbia, where they can receive an average salary rate of about $47,110. Employees with these job titles can obtain the highest salaries in Educational Services, where they earn an average job salary of $42,120.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 39.93 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Medical Secretaries and Administrative Assistants tend to make the most in the following industries:

Educational Services
$42,120
Finance and Insurance
$40,440
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$39,600
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$39,580
Manufacturing
$39,420
Health Care and Social Assistance
$39,110

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$33,550
Retail Trade
$35,690
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$37,560
Wholesale Trade
$37,750
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$39,060
Health Care and Social Assistance
$39,110