Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Certified Medical Assistants in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $13.56 per hour. Compensation ranges between $10.21 per hour and $17.70. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but the specific employer and years of experience are influential factors as well. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than a third lack any form of coverage — but the larger part have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Most Certified Medical Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction.

$20,531 - $42,369
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$21K
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MEDIAN: $29,868
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$10.21 - $17.70
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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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 (?
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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. A Medical Assistant role is the most common promotion for Certified Medical Assistants moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $28K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Certified Medical Assistants is a Licensed Practical Nurse position, where earnings are usually $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)


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining 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. For Certified Medical Assistants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $32K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $34K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $28,737

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For Certified Medical Assistants, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 35 percent greater than the national average. 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). Chattanooga ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 14 percent below the national average. Workers in Memphis and Indianapolis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (6 percent less and 3 percent less, 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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