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 $13.32 per hour. Earnings sit near $10.07 per hour on the lower side but can approach $17.55 on the higher side. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by experience level and the specific company. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Certified Medical Assistants. Just under a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and half claim dental coverage as well.

$20,242 - $42,243

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$10.07 - $17.55

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$20,242 - $42,243  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $982  
Profit Sharing
$9.93 - $3,375  
Total Pay (?
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$21,053 - $37,832  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 255
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.07 - $17.55  
   
Overtime
$4.64 - $25.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$21,053 - $37,832  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,238
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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. The most common career progression for Certified Medical Assistants leads to becoming a Medical Assistant, where pay is typically $27K. However, many Certified Medical Assistants also opt to become Licensed Practical Nurses, a position that pays $37K on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)


Novant Health doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $33K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $36K and scope of pay is rather limited.

Popular Skills for Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)


Certified Medical Assistants seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Family Practice/Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Cardiology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. Those proficient in Electronic Medical Records are, more often than not, also skilled 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.


Certified Medical Assistants with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $27K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $30K. For Certified Medical Assistants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $32K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $34K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Certified Medical Assistants, Seattle offers exceptional salaries, 31 percent above the national average. Certified Medical Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+26 percent), Portland (+13 percent), Chicago (+12 percent), and Winston-Salem (+7 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Chattanooga is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Orlando and Charleston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (4 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


Internal Medicine
up arrow 4%

Pediatrics
up arrow 4%

Cardiology
up arrow 4%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 3%

Patient Education
up arrow 3%

Family Practice
up arrow 3%

Scheduling
up arrow 2%

Triage
up arrow 2%

Phlebotomy
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
up arrow 1%

National Average
$28,000

Office Administration
up arrow 1%

Medical Records
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 441 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 30%
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