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 $13.29 per hour on average. Overall cash earnings for Certified Medical Assistants stretch from $21K on the lower end to $38K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $1K from bonuses and $3K from profit sharing. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though experience level and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than half and dental coverage is claimed by around half. Most Certified Medical Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction.

$20,104 - $41,757
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$20K
$30K
$42K
MEDIAN: $29,788
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$10.04 - $17.51
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$20,104 - $41,757  
   
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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$20,980 - $37,715  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 250
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.04 - $17.51  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.47 - $1.45  
Overtime
$5.40 - $25.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$20,980 - $37,715  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,322
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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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For Certified Medical Assistants, progressing to a Registered Nurse role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Registered Nurse can earn $55K annually. Becoming a Medical Assistant or a Licensed Practical Nurse is often the next step for a Certified Medical Assistant.

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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 Family Practice/Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Cardiology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. Most people skilled in Electronic Medical Records are similarly competent in 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $26K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $30K. Certified Medical Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $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


For Certified Medical Assistants, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 33 percent above the national average. Certified Medical Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+27 percent), Chicago (+14 percent), Portland (+13 percent), and Winston-Salem (+6 percent). Falling short of the national average by 13 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Chattanooga. Orlando and Charleston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 4 percent less than the median.

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Experience Affects Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Salaries




National Average
$28,000


Skills That Affect Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Salaries


Patient Education
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Internal Medicine
up arrow 4%

Pediatrics
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Cardiology
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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Family Practice
up arrow 3%

Triage
up arrow 3%

Scheduling
up arrow 2%

Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
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Phlebotomy
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Customer Service
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$28,000

Office Administration
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Medical Records
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 443 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
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 30%
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