Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Salary

Women account for the majority of Certified Medical Assistants in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $14.16 per hour. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and years of experience. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the greater part have medical insurance and a little more than half receive dental plans. The majority of Certified Medical Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$20,453 - $45,754
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MEDIAN: $30,852
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$10.88 - $18.14
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$20,453 - $45,754  
   
Bonus
$97.26 - $1,042  
Profit Sharing
$1,205  
Total Pay (?
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$22,698 - $38,662  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 170
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.88 - $18.14  
   
Overtime
$13.81 - $26.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$97.26 - $1,042  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,205  
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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$22,698 - $38,662  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,613
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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 progress into high-paying roles like Registered Nurse, where median compensation is $56K annually. More often than not, a Medical Assistant role is the next step for Certified Medical Assistants moving up in the field. Pay for Medical Assistants is usually $28K. Many Certified Medical Assistants choose to take on a Licensed Practical Nurse role instead, where salaries are typically $38K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Certified Medical Assistants include Novant Health, Family Practice Group, Mercy Hospital, Allina Hospitals and Clinics, and Baptist Health. Allina Hospitals and Clinics offers the largest salaries in town — $39K on average.

Popular Skills for Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)


Certified Medical Assistants seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Obstetrics/Gynecology, Triage, Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 4 percent. For most people, competency in Electronic Medical Records indicates knowledge of Phlebotomy 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.


Certified Medical Assistants with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $28K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $31K. Certified Medical Assistants see a median salary of $33K after reaching one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Certified Medical Assistant generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $35K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $29,811

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With a pay rate for Certified Medical Assistants that is 29 percent greater than the national average, Portland offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Certified Medical Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+26 percent), Minneapolis (+25 percent), Baltimore (+10 percent), and Fort Worth (+10 percent). In Greenville, salaries are 8 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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 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.

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Key Stats for Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 285 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

▲17%

▲10%

▲4%

National Average
$30,000

▼6%

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 285 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

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: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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