Dermatologist assistant, also known as dermatology medical assistant, perform many of the administrative and other support tasks for dermatologists. These may include taking vital signs, performing initial examinations, preparing records and scheduling appointments. The mean dermatologist assistant salary stands at $29,730 in the United States and C$36,871 ($28,700 USD) in Canada. Dermatologist assistants earn on average £20,245 ($27,401 USD) in the United Kingdom, AU$53,598 ($40,362 USD) in Australia and NZD$44,964 ($31,563 USD) in New Zealand.
How Much Does a Dermatologist Assistant Salary Make?
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Dermatologist Assistant Salary Determinant Factors
Experience and location of work afford the best opportunities to enhance pay. Overall, the range between entry-level and the most experienced dermatologist assistants is narrow compared with other health care workers.
In many countries, the majority of dermatologists work in solo or group private practices. According to the Canadian Medical Association, nearly 83 percent of dermatologists in Canada in 2014 worked in a private office or clinic, with another 14 percent working in an “Academic Health Science Centre.” A miniscule three percent were employed in hospitals.
As a result, dermatologist assistants are paid based upon the decisions of the dermatologist or those in charge of the practice. In those countries which operate a nationally-run health care system, government agencies generally set the pay for dermatologist assistants.
1. How Much Does a Dermatologist Assistant Salary Make by Country?
Dermatologist Assistant Salary in US
According to PayScale, dermatology medical assistants in the United States have a mean hourly wage of $14.12. This translates to an annual salary, based upon full-time hours, of $29,730. PayScale puts the total annual pay between $21,332 and $57,194.
Dermatologist Assistant Salary in Canada
As reported by SalaryExpert, Canadian dermatologist assistants fetch on a meann basis an annual salary of C$36,871. A relatively small pay range starts at C$27,982 and reaches C$44,224.
Dermatologist Assistant Salary in UK
In the United Kingdom, a dermatologist assistant can expect a mean pay of £20,245, says SalaryExpert. Pay runs from £1,5364 to £24,282.
Dermatologist Assistant Salary in Australia
For dermatologist assistants in Australia, SalaryExpert places to mean pay at AU$53,598. Those earning on the lower end have an pay of AU$40,743. At the higher end of the spectrum, earnings run on average at AU$64,391.
Dermatologist Assistant Salary in New Zealand
In New Zealand, the mean pay for dermatologist assistants stands at NZD$44,964, with earnings running from NZD$34,152 to NZD$53,975.
2. How Much Does a Dermatologist Assistant Salary Make According to Experience?
SalaryExpert puts the entry level pay for dermatologist assistants in Canada at $27,982. Those who achieve at least eight years of experience can earn on average C$44,224.
Overall, Dermatology assistance in the United Kingdom with up to three years of experience can anticipate a mean salary of £15,364. For those in the senior level stage, rests at £24,282.
In Australia, the entry level pay on a mean basis stands at AU$40,743. That figure ascends to au$64,391 for those with senior level experience. For New Zealand’s dermatologist assistants, the pay for the respect of salary levels is NZD$34,152 and NZD$53,975.
3. How Much Does a Dermatologist Assistant Salary Make According to Work Environment?
Given the nature of dermatology as a principally office-based practice, dermatology practices generally can set their pay for the dermatology assistants. The ability of the practice to generate revenue will have an impact upon the pay of the assistance.
Locating in certain areas can afford higher than national average salary. For instance, in Calgary in Canada, the mean stands at C$40,235, well above the national mean. Similarly, pay for dermatologist assistants in Toronto rises above the national average, at C$39,599.
For those in Sydney, the mean pay is AU$57,059, going beyond Australia’s national average. Pay in Melbourne hovers near the national mean, at AU$54,545. Dermatologist assistants in Wellington, New Zealand average pay of NZD$45,061, slightly above the national mean in New Zealand. The figure stands at NZD$45,094 for those in Auckland, New Zealand.
In the United Kingdom, dermatology assistants who work under the National Health Service are classified as health care assistants. These workers generally earn on Band 2 at the outset. This results in salaries between £16,968 and £19,852. Further experience results in pay at the Band 4 level, or between £19,409 and £22,683. These figures do not vary significantly from the overall pay range as reported by SalaryExpert.
As most work in private offices, dermatologist assistants can normally expect to work on a traditional week day in day time basis. Those that work in hospitals may expect evenings or weekends.
While dermatologist assistants work full-time, options do arise for those seeking part-time work. According to Job Bank Canada, only 73 percent of medical administrative assistants work full-time, which is below the full-time rate of 81 percent for all medical administrative assistants in Canada.
O*NET reports that nearly three out of every ten medical assistants log under 40 hours per week, while just half of these workers have work weeks lasting 40 hours Nearly one in every five accumulates more than 40 hours per week.
Bonuses and Benefits
Generally, dermatologist assistants usually do not command significant bonuses, but may enjoy health benefits. Nearly six out of every ten dermatologist medical assistants in the United States reported to payscale having medical coverage. Nearly 40 percent received dental benefits, while the coverage rate for vision stands at 30 percent.
For dermatologist assistants in Canada, the mean bonus amounts to $542. Those in the United Kingdom collect on average £298 in bonuses. In Australia, the figure rests at AU$788, while dermatologist assistants collect bonuses on average of NZD$661 in New Zealand.
While there is overall a demand for the services of dermatologists due to cancer and other skin conditions that may impact physical appearance, the numbers of practicing dermatologists will often affect the availability of jobs for dermatologist assistants. The Canadian Medical Association reports in it survey that Canada had 592 ophthalmologist, representing 1.7 for every 100,000 residents in Canada.
Job Outlook Australia includes dermatologists within the field of other medical practitioners. Given that the overall category of other medical practitioners numbers only 12,500, it would seem that Australia would likewise have limited opportunities for dermatologist. Australia’s job service predicts a growth to 14,300 other medical practitioners by 2022, with 5,000 job openings occurring due to job growth and those leaving the field. According to the National Health Service, England had 538 consultants in dermatology in 2016.
Dermatologist assistants typically have a limited range of salaries, even with accumulation of experience. The city or region of work often impacts pay, but generally doesn’t result in a stark departure from the national averages. Prospects for finding dermatologist jobs will turn in part upon the number of available dermatologists practicing in a particular area.