Certified Medical Assistants in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $14.11 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by the company and years of experience. While some workers in this profession — just under one in three — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and slightly more than half have dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Certified Medical Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction.

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$20,605 - $45,913  
   
Bonus
$96.35 - $1,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,205  
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$22,572 - $38,625  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 172
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$10.82 - $18.11  
   
Overtime
$13.44 - $26.54  
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$96.35 - $1,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,205  
Total Pay (?
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$22,572 - $38,625  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,637

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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 $56K annually. Going from Certified Medical Assistant to Medical Assistant is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Medical Assistants is $28K. Many others choose to work as Licensed Practical Nurses, where pay is typically $38K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)


Certified Medical Assistants fill the offices of leading firms Novant Health, Allina Hospitals and Clinics, Family Practice Group, Mercy Hospital, and Baptist Health. Certified Medical Assistants flock to Allina Hospitals and Clinics for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $38K lead the pack in compensation.

Popular Skills for Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)


Certified Medical Assistants seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Internal Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Family Practice/Pediatrics, and Triage are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. 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)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. 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. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Certified Medical Assistants with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $35K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $29,713

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With a pay rate for Certified Medical Assistants that is 27 percent greater than the national average, Seattle offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Certified Medical Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+24 percent), Portland (+23 percent), Baltimore (+10 percent), and Charleston (+9 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Greenville, 9 percent below the national average. Employers in Oklahoma City and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 percent lower and 1 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 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
95 %
Male
5 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 288 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Salaries




National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 288 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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