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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 $13.22 per hour. 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. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Although just under a third lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and close to one-half get dental coverage, too. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$20,194 - $41,430
(Median)
$20K
$30K
$41K
MEDIAN: $29,664
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$10.00 - $17.43
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$17
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$20,194 - $41,430  
   
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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$20,917 - $37,584  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 260
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.00 - $17.43  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.47 - $1.45  
Overtime
$5.85 - $25.94  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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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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$20,917 - $37,584  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,380

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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Registered Nurse. The average Registered Nurse brings home $55K per year. A Medical Assistant or a Licensed Practical Nurse is a typical transition from a Certified Medical Assistant role.

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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, Cardiology, Pediatrics, and Internal Medicine are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. Most people familiar with 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $26K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $30K. On average, Certified Medical Assistants make $32K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $34K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location


Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for Certified Medical Assistants, 34 percent above the national average. Certified Medical Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+26 percent), Chicago (+15 percent), Portland (+12 percent), and Phoenix (+11 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 11 percent south of the national average, can be found in Chattanooga. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are San Antonio (8 percent less) and Charleston (5 percent less).

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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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Family Practice
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Patient Education
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Internal Medicine
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Pediatrics
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Scheduling
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Triage
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Phlebotomy
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Microsoft Office
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Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
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Customer Service
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Office Administration
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National Average
$28,000

Medical Records
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 435 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 31%
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