Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Salary

Certified Medical Assistants in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $13.29 per hour for pay. The bottom of the pay range sits near $10.04 per hour, and the top verges on $17.52. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — years of experience and the particular employer are driving factors as well. For the most part, Certified Medical Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — just under a third — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and half have dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$20,139 - $41,884
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$20K
$30K
$42K
MEDIAN: $29,854
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$10.04 - $17.52
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$18
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$20,139 - $41,884  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $977  
Profit Sharing
$9.93 - $3,375  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,990 - $37,729  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 254
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.04 - $17.52  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.47 - $1.45  
Overtime
$4.96 - $25.91  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $977  
   
Profit Sharing
$9.93 - $3,375  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,990 - $37,729  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,264
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Job Description for Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)

Certified medical assistants (CMAs) have duties and responsibilities related to patient care in a clinic environment. The CMA maintains the inventory of supplies for examination and procedure rooms, assists in the organization of patient flow, and organizes the clinic environment to ensure patient safety. They are also responsible for cleaning all supplies. The CMA functions under direct supervision of the physician when determining competencies and performing clinical tasks during patient care. The CMA reports to the clinic manager or lead nurse, who is responsible for administrative supervision.

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Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Tasks

  • Prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician.
  • Interview and record patients' medical information and measure their vital signs, weight, and height.
  • Collect, prepare and log blood, tissue or other laboratory specimens.
  • Show patients to examination rooms and prepare them for the physician.
  • May assist with administrative duties including scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding for insurance purposes.

Common Career Paths for Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)


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For Certified Medical Assistants, progressing to a Registered Nurse role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Registered Nurse can earn $55K annually. A Certified Medical Assistant may also move into a role as a Medical Assistant or a Licensed Practical Nurse.

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Popular Skills for Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)


Certified Medical Assistants seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Family Practice/Pediatrics, Cardiology, Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 6 percent. Most people experienced in Electronic Medical Records also know Scheduling and Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Certified Medical Assistants, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $26K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $30K. For Certified Medical Assistants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $32K. As Certified Medical Assistants reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $34K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Certified Medical Assistants, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Certified Medical Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+26 percent), Portland (+14 percent), Chicago (+14 percent), and Winston-Salem (+7 percent). Chattanooga is the lowest-paying area, 12 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Orlando and Charleston (4 percent less).

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Experience Affects Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Salaries




National Average
$28,000


Skills That Affect Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Salaries


Patient Education
up arrow 4%

Internal Medicine
up arrow 4%

Pediatrics
up arrow 4%

Cardiology
up arrow 4%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 3%

Family Practice
up arrow 3%

Triage
up arrow 3%

Scheduling
up arrow 2%

Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
up arrow 2%

Phlebotomy
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
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Office Administration
0%

National Average
$28,000

Medical Records
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 442 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 30%
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