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Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Salary

Most Certified Medical Assistants in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $13.17 per hour. Total cash earnings of Certified Medical Assistants range from $21K on the low end to $37K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $1K and $3K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Certified Medical Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. Although slightly less than a third lack health benefits of any kind, the greater part do enjoy medical insurance, and close to one-half get dental coverage, too. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$20,221 - $41,386
(Median)
$20K
$30K
$41K
MEDIAN: $29,662
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$9.98 - $17.38
(Median)
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$13
$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
$20,221 - $41,386  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $982  
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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$20,870 - $37,465  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 263
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.98 - $17.38  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.47 - $1.45  
Overtime
$5.90 - $26.05  
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 - $982  
   
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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$20,870 - $37,465  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,411

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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 progress into high-paying roles like Registered Nurse, where median compensation is $55K annually. It is not uncommon for a Certified Medical Assistant to continue on to become a Medical Assistant or a Licensed Practical Nurse.

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Popular Skills for Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)


Survey results imply that Certified Medical Assistants deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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 many Certified Medical Assistants, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $26K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $30K. Certified Medical Assistants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $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, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Certified Medical Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+26 percent), Chicago (+15 percent), Portland (+13 percent), and Phoenix (+12 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Chattanooga, 10 percent below the national average.

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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
up arrow 4%

Patient Education
up arrow 4%

Internal Medicine
up arrow 4%

Scheduling
up arrow 3%

Triage
up arrow 3%

Phlebotomy
up arrow 2%

Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
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Office Administration
0%

National Average
$28,000

Medical Records
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 438 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: 30%