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Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Salary (United States)

Certified Medical Assistants in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $13.05 per hour for pay. Total cash compensation for Certified Medical Assistants runs from $21K to $37K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $1K and profit sharing that can reach almost $3K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Work is enjoyable for Certified Medical Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although slightly less than a third lack health benefits of any kind, the greater part do enjoy medical insurance, and approximately half get dental coverage, too. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Salary (?
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$19,836 - $41,121
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MEDIAN: $29,517
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Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Salary (?
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$9.92 - $17.27
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$19,836 - $41,121  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $985  
Profit Sharing
$25.76 - $3,490  
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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$20,729 - $37,286  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 322
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.92 - $17.27  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.47 - $1.45  
Overtime
$6.05 - $26.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $985  
   
Profit Sharing
$25.76 - $3,490  
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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$20,729 - $37,286  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,715
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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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As Certified Medical Assistants transition into upper-level roles such as Registered Nurse, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Registered Nurses on average earn $55K per year. A Certified Medical Assistant often moves on to become a Medical Assistant or a Licensed Practical Nurse.

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Popular Skills for Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)

Certified Medical Assistants report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Cardiology, Pediatrics, Family Practice/Pediatrics, and Family Practice are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 7 percent. For most people, competency in Electronic Medical Records indicates knowledge of 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.
Certified Medical Assistants with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $26K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $30K. Certified Medical Assistants see a median salary of $32K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $34K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$28,000
Charleston
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Indianapolis
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Surpassing the national average by 34 percent, Certified Medical Assistants in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Certified Medical Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+24 percent), Chicago (+18 percent), Portland (+12 percent), and Atlanta (+7 percent). San Antonio is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Chattanooga and Indianapolis (9 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Salaries

National Average
$28,000

Skills That Affect Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Salaries

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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Patient Education
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Triage
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Internal Medicine
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Phlebotomy
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Scheduling
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Customer Service
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Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
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Microsoft Office
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Office Administration
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National Average
$28,000
Medical Records
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 412 votes.

Gender

Female
95%
female alumni
 
Male
5%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 31%