Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Salary

Most Certified Medical Assistants in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $13.56 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $10.21 per hour and $17.70. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and experience level are driving factors as well. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under one in three lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the greater part and dental coverage is claimed by a little more than half. The majority of Certified Medical Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$20,531 - $42,369
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MEDIAN: $29,868
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$10.21 - $17.70
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$20,531 - $42,369  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $975  
Profit Sharing
$5.86 - $3,271  
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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$21,384 - $38,005  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 227
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.21 - $17.70  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.48  
Overtime
$3.30 - $26.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $975  
   
Profit Sharing
$5.86 - $3,271  
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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$21,384 - $38,005  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,096
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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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Certified Medical Assistants may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Registered Nurse. The latter position pays an average of $55K annually. The most common promotion for Certified Medical Assistants is a Medical Assistant position, which usually brings in $28K a year. Another standard transition for Certified Medical Assistants seeking advancement is to assume a Licensed Practical Nurse role, where pay is often $37K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)


For Certified Medical Assistants, comfortable salaries can be found at Allina Hospitals and Clinics; in fact, median earnings sit around $37K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)


Certified Medical Assistants report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Family Practice/Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Patient Education, and Pediatrics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 6 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Medical Records. Most people skilled in Electronic Medical Records are similarly competent in 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $27K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $31K. Certified Medical Assistants claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $32K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $34K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $28,737

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Certified Medical Assistants that is 35 percent greater than the national average, Seattle offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Certified Medical Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+28 percent), Portland (+12 percent), Chicago (+11 percent), and Philadelphia (+11 percent). In Chattanooga, salaries are 14 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Memphis and Indianapolis (6 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Salaries




National Average
$29,000


Skills That Affect Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Salaries



Patient Education
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Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
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Pediatrics
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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Family Practice
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Triage
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Cardiology
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Phlebotomy
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Scheduling
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Customer Service
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National Average
$29,000

Office Administration
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Medical Records
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 438 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
medical benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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