Women comprise the majority of Certified Medical Assistants in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $14.06 per hour on average. While the specific employer and tenure impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction for Certified Medical Assistants is high. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under a third lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and just over a half have dental, too. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$20,504 - $44,491
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$21K
$30K
$44K
MEDIAN: $30,394
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$10.78 - $18.04
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$11
$14
$18
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$20,504 - $44,491  
   
Bonus
$95.62 - $1,237  
Profit Sharing
$1,205  
Total Pay (?
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$22,488 - $38,391  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 174
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.78 - $18.04  
   
Overtime
$12.48 - $26.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$95.62 - $1,237  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,205  
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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$22,488 - $38,391  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,545
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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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At the upper end, Certified Medical Assistants who move into a Registered Nurse role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Registered Nurses is a much higher $56K per year. Going from Certified Medical Assistant to Medical Assistant is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Medical Assistants is $28K. Many others choose to work as Licensed Practical Nurses, where pay is typically $38K.

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Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Certified Medical Assistants include Novant Health, Allina Hospitals and Clinics, Family Practice Group, Mercy Hospital, and Baptist Health. Certified Medical Assistants seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Allina Hospitals and Clinics, where the average salary comes to $38K.

Popular Skills for Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)


Certified Medical Assistants seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Internal Medicine, Family Practice/Pediatrics, Obstetrics/Gynecology, and Triage are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. The majority of those who know Electronic Medical Records also know Phlebotomy 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $28K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $31K. For Certified Medical Assistants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $33K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $35K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $29,603

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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 (+24 percent), Portland (+20 percent), Baltimore (+10 percent), and Charleston (+8 percent). Trailing the national average by 16 percent, Chattanooga is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Greenville (11 percent lower) and Oklahoma City (7 percent lower).

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Reviews

What is it like working as a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)?

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) in Erie:
"The pay does not equal the work."
Pros: I enjoy my job very much and I work with great people. Its a great job.
Cons: The pay doesn't match the amount of work that I do. I know most people would say the same thing, but its so true. I have a lot of responsibility and I just don't feel my pay reflects that at all.

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) in Tuscaloosa:
"I love it.encouraging patients, listening to them."
Pros: Taking care of the patients, making them feel better. And letting them know they can talk to me about whatever is going on.And I do my best to help them.Listen, in courage the patient. Let them know they are Love.
Cons: Seeing the patients so down. And in pain. We talk and pray for better days.

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Experience Affects Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Salaries




National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Salaries


Family Practice/Pediatrics
up arrow 4%

Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
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Patient Education
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Triage
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Pediatrics
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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Phlebotomy
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Scheduling
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Customer Service
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Family Practice
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Medical Records
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Office Administration
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Cardiology
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National Average
$30,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 283 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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