What Is the Average Remote Dermatologist Assistant Salary?

If you’re looking for a dermatologist assistant, you’re probably weighing all the factors that go into hiring, including the cost, against the benefits of having more helping hands running your dermatology practice. If you’re wondering “What is the average remote dermatologist assistant’s salary,” you’ll be surprised to learn that there is a wide salary range for dermatologist assistants, including one way to get the help you need without breaking the bank.  

How much do dermatology assistants get paid per hour? 

According to ZipRecruiter, the national average pay for a dermatologist assistant is $77 per hour. The range of 2022 salaries for dermatology assistants varies wildly, from $9.38 per hour on the low end to $192 per hour on the high end, with the majority of dermatology assistants being paid between $17 and $153 per hour for their work. 

Top-earning dermatology assistants can expect to bring home as much as $400,000 annually, while the average salary for a dermatologist assistant hovers just under $160,000 per year. 

Location affects dermatology assistants’ salary 

Where your dermatology practice is located is a major factor in what you are expected to pay the dermatologist assistants who work in your office. If your practice operates in a city with a higher cost of living, you can expect to pay more. The most expensive cities in the United States when it comes to dermatology assistant salaries are Atkinson, NE; Bridgehampton, NY; and Deer Park, CA. 

Lower-cost-of-living cities may lack high-quality candidates

Every person who puts time, money, and hard work into building a successful career wants to get the highest reward for their efforts. What we have seen in working with our clients is that the very best dermatologist assistants often move to where their pay is highest, leaving areas with a lower cost of living and smaller average salaries without the high-quality personnel doctors need to adequately staff their practices. This can leave dermatologists, family practitioners, specialists, and all types of medical practices scrambling to find high-quality staff.

More dermatologists are turning to remote staffing to find high-quality assistants 

Between struggling to find high-quality, well-trained dermatologist assistants and not wanting to stretch their budgets to the breaking point, more and more dermatology practices are turning to remote staffing to access the highly educated and experienced assistants they need to grow their practices and give their patients excellent care. 

The average salary for a remote dermatology assistant starts around $15 per hour, making remote staffing the obvious choice for dermatology practices that want to hire highly trained medical staff without paying exorbitant salaries. Especially for new and growing practices, remote dermatology assistants make it easier to take on new patients and expand their practices without the financial growing pains of paying for expensive staff — all for a small fraction of the national average dermatologist assistant salary. 

How would a remote dermatologist assistant work in my office? 

If your office is new to the concept of remote staffing, you may be wondering how a remote employee would fit into your workflow. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, medical practices all over the world have come to find out that remote employees can fit seamlessly into their operations. Here’s how: 

A remote employee is just like an in-house employee. The only difference is that remote employees work from an external location. Using specialized software, a remote dermatologist assistant can access your office’s computer network, online files, EMRs, and phones, allowing them to handle a number of tasks from anywhere in the world, including: 

  • Updating electronic health records 
  • Booking patient appointments 
  • Confirming patient appointments to reduce the number of no-shows 
  • Transcribing notes during patient appointments
  • Answering the phone and relaying messages 
  • Processing insurance claims 
  • Pre-authorizing medical procedures 
  • Responding to online inquiries from your website
  • Managing your practice’s social media presence 
  • And more! 

Remote dermatologist assistants’ salary offers more benefits than affordability 

When you hire an in-house employee for, say, $75 per hour, there’s a lot more capital that goes into that employee than just their wages. As the employer, you’ll be expected to pay for that employee’s benefits, workers’ compensation insurance, and part of their social security tax. This is in addition to the costs of providing that employee with a space in your office to work, office supplies, utilities for the space, paid days off, holiday pay, and more. The United States Small Business Administration states that an in-house employee’s actual cost is somewhere between 1.25 to 1.5 times their salary because of these extra costs. So, for example, if you hire an employee for a $35,000 salary, you will likely end up paying more like $45,000 to employ them. 

With a remote dermatologist assistant, however, all that employee’s costs are rolled into one simple-to-understand rate. For $15 an hour, all of the employee’s expenses are taken covered via the employment agency. And you won’t be expected to pay for benefits, paid time off, holidays, or sick days, either. 

Can’t find highly trained assistants in your area? Remote staffing can help 

It’s can be more difficult to find highly qualified and trained medical assistants in some locations. While cities that are home to universities and colleges often have a larger population of medical assistants to choose from, rural areas and smaller cities may be lacking the kind of professional medical employees dermatologists need to build their practices unless they offer extremely high salaries to draw potential candidates from other towns. That’s tough for any practice, but especially for new or smaller practices that can’t afford to dole out large salaries without seriously compromising their profitability. 

Remote dermatologist assistants solve the staffing problem by allowing doctors to tap into the best-of-the-best medical assistants from all over the world. Dermatology offices and medical practices that are located in underserved communities, low-income areas, and “healthcare deserts” where access to healthcare is hard to come by can now be served by medical assistants from other countries with impressive degrees and ample experience via the wonder of remote technology. 

Want to know more about how a remote dermatologist assistant could help your practice grow? 

Visit our website here and contact us today. MedVa has helped countless dermatology practices grow and thrive with remote assistants. We’d be happy to answer all your questions and show you how a remote dermatology assistant can work for you.

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