The mean salary for chiropractic assistants in the United States is $26,154. For those in Canada, the figure registers at C$31,338 ($24,464 USD). On a mean basis, chiropractic assistants make £23,723 ($32,859 USD) in the United Kingdom, AU$47,409 ($37,201 USD) in Australia, and NZD$52,672 ($38,362 USD) in New Zealand. A breakdown of the factors that influence a chiropractic assistant salary is offered in this guide.
How Much Does an Chiropractic Assistant Make?
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Chiropractic Assistant Salary Determinant Factors
Chiropractic assistants will work with full chiropractors. Private practices and self-employed professionals predominate the employers of chiropractic assistants. The hours of operation, number of clients, rates set and revenues collected by chiropractors determines the resources available to pay the assistants. Part-timers describe substantial portions of the chiropractic profession. Even with full-time practitioners, chiropractic assistants hold many part-time positions and may make less or obtain fewer benefits than full-time counterparts. Experience plays a minor role in the pay of assistants.
1. How Much Does an Chiropractic Assistant Make by Country?
Chiropractic Assistant Salary in US
According to PayScale, a chiropractic assistant in the United States can anticipate making $26,154 on average. Salaries span an range of $19,135 to $37,788.
Chiropractic Assistant Salary in Canada
In Canada, the mean for chiropractic assistants registers at C$31,338. PayScale reports a pay range of C$21,008 to C$40,223.
Chiropractic Assistant Salary in UK
The mean salary stands at £23,723 for chiropractic assistants in the United Kingdom. Earnings run from £17,714 to £28,720.
Chiropractic Assistant Salary in Australia
Chiropractic assistants earn on a mean level AU$47,409 in Australia. At the lower level, pay sits at AU$38,520. Assistants in the upper reaches fetch as much as AU$55,835.
Chiropractic Assistant Salary in New Zealand
In New Zealand, the mean lies at NZD$52,672 for chiropractic assistants. Earings start at NZD$39,364 at ascend to NZD$63,819, says New Zealand.
2. How Much Does a Chiropractic Assistant Make According to Experience?
For chiropractic assistants in the United States, experience yields gradual and modest rises in salaries. The mean for those with five to ten years of experience is $28,000, only $3,000 more than the entry-level mean. Salaries rise to $30,000 at the ten to 20-year experience level. Chiropractic assistants with over 20 years in the occupation see on average a $1,000 increase in pay.
Chiropractic assistants in Canada start on average at C$30,000. At five to ten years, the mean pay rises to C$35,000. Assistants with ten to 20 years of experience see pay rise only to C$37,000, while those with more than 20 years in the field make C$40,000.
Entry-level chiropractic assistants in Australia have an average pay of AU$46,000. Those in the five to ten-year experience level make AU$49,000. Mean pay rises only to AU$50,000 with ten to 20 years in the occupation, then slips to AU$49,000 for those who have worked more than 20 years as assistants.
According to SalaryExpert, an entry-level chiropractic assistant in the United Kingdom gets on average 17,714. Upon attaining at least eight years in the field, the assistant can fetch on average 28,720. In New Zealand, salareis for chiropractic assistants with up to three years of experience stands at NZD$39,364. SalaryExpert places the senior-level average at NZD$63,819.
3. How Much Does a Chiropractic Assistant Make According to Work Environment?
Chiropractic assistants work primarily in chiropractor’s offices or with self-employed chiropractors. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 93 percent of chiropractors in the United States work in a private chiropractor practice, either in offices or as self-employed professionals. Job Bank Canada reports that nearly 93 percent of chiropractors in Canada are self-employed.
In the United Kingdom, most chiropractors are also self-employed. Few work under the auspices of the National Health Service. This means most chiropractor assistant salaries are set by private employers rather than the National Health Service’s “Agenda For Change,” which is based on position title, experience and seniority. With the predominance of private practices and self-employed practitioners, pay for chiropractic assistants will vary based on the size and policies of the practice.
Most chiropractic offices open on weekdays and at day times. Some may hold early evening or weekend hours for the convenience of patients.
Part-time positions are frequently available for chiropractic assistants. Some of this results from the part-time status of the chiropractors for whom they work. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says that a quarter of chiropractors in the United States work part-time. The full-time rate of 64 percent for chiropractors Canada rests below the 81 percent of full-time workers overall in the nation.
Chiropractic assistants can find either full-time or part-time positions, depending on the practice.
Bonuses and Benefits
With chiropractic assistants working mostly in private practices, opportunities exist for bonuses and similar compensation packages. As reported by PayScale, bonuses for those in the United States run between $155 and $2,454. Chiropratic assistants can receive as little as $51.52 and up to $7,757 from profit-sharing. Commissions average $2,700.
For chiropractic assistants in Canada, bonuses start at C$253 and climb to C$1,973. Earnings from profit-sharing programs average C$1,048. In the United Kingdom, the mean bonus is £384, while the figure reads NZD$853 for chiorpractic assistants in New Zealand.
Health benefits may not appear very abundant, suggests PayScale. In the United States, only 16 percent of chiropractic assistants had medical coverage as a benefit. Dental coverage went to six percent, while only four percent enjoyed vision care.
In Canada, the coverage rates for medical, dental and vision care as reported to PayScale are 17 percent, 12 percent and 12 percent respectively. Approximately 43 percent of chiopractic assistants in the United Kingdom receive employer-provided medical coverage.
For chiropractic assistants in Australia, medical coverage goes to only 22 percent. One percent enjoy dental coverage. In New Zealand, 29 percent receive medical benefits.
The job outlook for chiropractors affords a glimps into the hiring prospects for chiropractic assistants. As the presence and demand of chiropractors go, so should the need for and hiring of assistants for their practices.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of chiropractors should grow by 12 percent, or to an estimated 53,300 chiropracters, by 2026. The American Chiropractic Association reports that 40,000 assistants in the United States function in clinical and business management for practices.
Job Bank Canada projects that, by 2024, the country will have 6,400 “Optometrists, chiropractors and other health diagnosing and treating professionals” chasing 10,400 openings by 2024, creating a shortage.
According to Job Outlook Australia, chiropractors and osteopaths in the country numbered 5,700 in 2017. By 2022, that number should rise to 6,900. The New Zealand Government cites strong demand for their services as reason that hiring prospects for chiropractors are “good.”
With experience and knowledge, chiropractic assistants may advance to supervisory roles in office administration, such as office manager in a medical practice or other setting. Other assistants may become ultimately registered nurses.
The pay for chiropractic assistants generally resides among the lower end of health care occupations. Smaller or solo practices and part-time positions contribute to generally lower pay. Experience offers some, but not significant increases in pay. Demand for chiropractic assistants should prove solid as patients seek chiropractors to alleviate arthritis, stiff joints, neck and back pain and other conditions resulting from the spine.