Hospital administrative assistants perform a variety of administrative and clerical duties, including greeting patients, scheduling appointments and meetings, assisting doctors with correspondence and billing tasks. Some hospital administrative assistants may also perform basic laboratory procedures and take medical histories, as well as collect samples for analysis. Hospital administrative assistants earn a salary ranging between $24,752 and $48,622 as of June, 2011, according to PayScale. However, salaries vary based on a number of factors. In addition to their salaries, hospital administrative assistants also commonly receive benefits and perks.
Salary by Experience
The salary range for hospital administrative assistants varies by years of experience. According to national salary data reported by Payscale, hospital administrative assistants just starting out with less than one year of experience earn a salary ranging between $20,609 and $40,207 a year, while those with one to four years of experience earn a salary ranging between $22,356 and $41,246. Hospital administrative assistants with 10 to 19 years of experience earn a salary ranging between $24,995 and $50,692.
Hourly Rate by Experience
Hospital administrative assistants have some of the highest hourly rates by employer type, with an hourly rate ranging between $10.93 and $20.63, according to PayScale as of June 2011. Hourly rates also vary by years of experience; administrative assistants just starting out with less than one year of experience earn an hourly rate ranging between $8.28 and $15.13. Those with one to four years or experience earn an hourly rate ranging between $9.36 and $16.96, while those with five to nine years of experience earn an hourly rate ranging between $10.16 and $19.15. Administrative assistants with 10 to 19 years of experience earn an hourly rate ranging between $10.87 and $20.21.
The geographical location of the hospital is also a varying factor for hospital administrative assistant salaries. Those employed in New York hospitals have a salary range of $25,666 to $53,373, the highest salaries by state reported by PayScale as of June 2011. New York City hospital administrative assistants have a salary range of $28,546 to $56,401 the highest reported salary by city. Those employed in the state of Florida have a salary range of $21,911 to $42,245, while those employed in Atlanta have a salary range of $24,577 to $44,568.
Hospital Benefits and Perks
Common benefits include a 401k retirement savings account, paid sick leave, life insurance and disability insurance. Perks for hospital administrative assistants may also include a median annual bonus of $498.21 and 2.3 weeks of paid vacation. Some hospitals may also reimburse administrative assistants for education, certification and tuition costs.
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