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Are you looking for a job in the medical field that does not require a science background or years of specialized training? A career in medical office administration might be right for you. A variety of opportunities exist for those candidates who have top-notch office and organizational skills. A medical office manager salary typically ranges from $23,908 to $67,226.
As with any job in office administration, a medical office manager ensures that the office is running smoothly and efficiently. Depending on the size of the medical practice, the office administrator may supervise a secretary, receptionist or other staff members. In a very small practice, the administrator may be the sole employee in the office, handling a number of tasks associated with a medical office, including answering phones, scheduling appointments, collecting payments and keeping patient records organized.
Medical office assistants, also called medical administrative assistants, generally perform clerical tasks under the supervision of an administrator or manager.
There are no formal requirements for a position as a medical office administrator. It all depends on the practice. A large specialty practice may expect an office administrator to have a bachelor's degree in health administration or business. You may be able to land a job with an associate's degree if you have prior office management experience. In some cases, extensive experience may be a substitute for formal education.
Medical office administrators must have strong written and oral communications skills. They must be able to handle a variety of tasks under conditions that may be stressful. Meticulous attention to detail is essential. If you're bilingual, that can be a plus in some locations.
Medical Office Administration Jobs
Medical office administrators work in hospitals, medical centers, community health centers, clinics, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and private practices of all sizes. Typically, in small offices, administrators work full-time during regular business hours. Larger facilities may have extended hours. Hospitals and medical centers are open 24 hours per day, every day of the year, so working evenings, holidays or weekends may be required, depending on the requirements of the position.
Medical Office Administrator Salary and Job Outlook
Typically, medical office administrators earn a median annual salary of $50,267. Median pay means that half in the field earn more, while half earn less. Geographic location affects salary, as does years of experience. Experienced administrators earn an average of 38 percent over the national average starting salary of $35,000. Typically, late-career administrators earn 69 percent more than the national average starting salary. Those figures translate to $48,000 for experienced administrators and $59,150 for late-career administrators.
A medical administrative assistant salary or medical office assistant salary averages about $39,000 annually, or $13.15 per hour. As with managerial positions, geographic location, education and experience affects salaries and opportunities.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics tracks data for all civilian occupations. Although there is not a specific category for medical office administration, statistics are available for administrative services managers. Job growth for these occupations is projected to be 10 percent through 2026, faster than average when compared to all other jobs.
Denise Dayton is a a freelance writer who specializes in business, education and technology. She has written for eHow.com, Library Journal, The Searcher, Bureau of Education and Research, and corporate clients.