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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 $13.25 per hour for pay. Total cash compensation for Certified Medical Assistants runs from $21K to $38K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $1K and profit sharing that can reach almost $3K. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Just under one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and close to one-half claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction for Certified Medical Assistants is high.

$20,125 - $41,372
(Median)
$20K
$30K
$41K
MEDIAN: $29,636
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$10.02 - $17.45
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary 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$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$20,125 - $41,372  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $980  
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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$20,945 - $37,602  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 264
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.02 - $17.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.47 - $1.45  
Overtime
$5.81 - $25.99  
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 - $980  
   
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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$20,945 - $37,602  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,380
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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 progress into high-paying roles like Registered Nurse, where median compensation is $55K annually. It is not uncommon for a Certified Medical Assistant to continue on to become 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, Pediatrics, Cardiology, and Internal Medicine are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. Those familiar with Electronic Medical Records also tend to 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $26K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $30K. Certified Medical Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $32K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $34K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Certified Medical Assistants, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 33 percent above the national average. Certified Medical Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+26 percent), Chicago (+14 percent), Phoenix (+11 percent), and Portland (+10 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Chattanooga is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Charleston and Indianapolis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (5 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Salaries




National Average
$28,000


Skills That Affect Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Salaries


Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 4%

Family Practice
up arrow 4%

Patient Education
up arrow 4%

Internal Medicine
up arrow 4%

Pediatrics
up arrow 4%

Cardiology
up arrow 4%

Scheduling
up arrow 3%

Triage
up arrow 3%

Phlebotomy
up arrow 2%

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

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Office Administration
0%

National Average
$28,000

Medical Records
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 438 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
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 31%
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