Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Salary

Women comprise the majority of Certified Medical Assistants in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $14.29 per hour on average. While geography and years of experience impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. While slightly less than a third report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and a majority have dental, as well. The majority of Certified Medical Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$20,688 - $43,566
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MEDIAN: $30,494
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$10.94 - $18.23
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$0$43K
Salary $20,688 - $43,566
Bonus $97.16 - $1,226
Profit Sharing $2,200
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$22,909 - $38,887
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 183
Hourly Data $0$27
Hourly Rate $10.94 - $18.23
Overtime $13.95 - $27.09
Annual Data $0$38K
Bonus $97.16 - $1,226
Profit Sharing $2,200
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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$22,909 - $38,887
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,737

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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

  • 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.
  • Collect, prepare and log blood, tissue or other laboratory specimens.
  • Prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician.
  • Interview and record patients' medical information and measure their vital signs, weight, and height.

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 $56K 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 $38K.

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)


Novant Health, Family Practice Group, Mercy Hospital, Allina Hospitals and Clinics, and Baptist Health are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Certified Medical Assistants. For Certified Medical Assistants, comfortable salaries can be found at Allina Hospitals and Clinics; in fact, median earnings sit around $39K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)


Survey takers working as Certified Medical Assistants report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Obstetrics/Gynecology, Triage, Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics are correlated to pay that is above average. Those proficient in Electronic Medical Records are, more often than not, also skilled in Phlebotomy and Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)

Pay by Experience for a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) has a positive trend. An entry-level Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 1,624 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 806 salaries. An experienced Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 639 salaries. A Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 210 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,029

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

For those looking to make money, Certified Medical Assistants in Portland enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. Certified Medical Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+25 percent), Minneapolis (+24 percent), Baltimore (+10 percent), and Fort Worth (+9 percent). The lowest-paying market is Greenville, which sits 9 percent below the national average. Employers in Oklahoma City and Charlotte also lean toward paying below-median salaries (9 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)?

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) in Erie:
"The pay does not equal the work."
Pros: I enjoy my job very much and I work with great people. Its a great job.
Cons: The pay doesn't match the amount of work that I do. I know most people would say the same thing, but its so true. I have a lot of responsibility and I just don't feel my pay reflects that at all.

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) in San Francisco:
"Sets standard for performance."
Pros: Going home after.
Cons: Smelly patients.

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) in Tuscaloosa:
"I love it.encouraging patients, listening to them."
Pros: Taking care of the patients, making them feel better. And letting them know they can talk to me about whatever is going on.And I do my best to help them.Listen, in courage the patient. Let them know they are Love.
Cons: Seeing the patients so down. And in pain. We talk and pray for better days.

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) in Atlanta:
"Should I settle?"
Pros: The hours and benefits are great for Atlanta.
Cons: The providers and the pay rate are something else to be desired.

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) in Charlottesville:
Pros: Learning is encouraged and knowledge is shared.
Cons:

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) in Richmond:
Pros: I do LPN, RN, and Lab Tech duties.
Cons:

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) in New York:
Pros: Taking care of others.
Cons: No benefits.

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Key Stats for Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 343 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Salaries

▲16%

▲9%

▲4%

National Average
$30,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Salaries

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Medical Records
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Office Administration
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National Average
$30,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 343 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
no benefits
None: 30%
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