The administrators at a medical office are often the first people you meet when you visit the doctor. Members of the administrative staff handle everything from answering phones and making appointments to dealing with record-keeping and billing. As a result, they play a vital role in office operations. How much they are paid depends in part upon their particular role in the administration of the office.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 811,330 people worked in doctors' offices in administrative positions as of May 2012. That made them the second-largest group of workers in physicians' offices, after only the doctors and other health-care providers themselves. These administrative workers earned an average annual wage of $32,930, equal to $15.83 an hour.
Most Common Workers
Receptionists were the most common type of administrative workers in doctors' offices, according to the BLS, with 189,370 employed as of May 2012. They earned an average of $27,810 a year, equal to $13.37 an hour. The second most common administration members were medical secretaries, who have special training in dealing with health records, with 183,620 of them earning an average of $31,970, or $15.37 an hour. The third most common type of administrators were billing clerks, with 95,020 averaging $34,150 a year, or $16.42 an hour.
The highest average salary among administrative workers belongs to those in supervisory roles. As of May 2012, these supervisors earned an average of $51,730 a year, or $24.87 an hour, according to the BLS. Executive secretaries, who often work directly with the doctors or other high-level employees, earned an average of $47,850, or $23.01 an hour, the second-highest salary. Assistants who focus on statistics earned the third-highest pay, averaging $44,170, or $21.24 an hour.
Overall job growth for administrative support workers is expected to reach 10 percent by 2020, close to the overall 14 percent estimate for all workers. But the BLS reports that those administrators working in the health-care sector, such as doctor's offices, have a better chance at growth. Medical secretaries, for instance, are estimated to have a 41 percent growth rate -- much faster than the overall average.
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