Entry-Level Certified Medical Assistants can expect to earn an average of $13.15 per hour. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Health benefits are not claimed by all — roughly a third lack any form of coverage — but more than half have medical insurance, and around half have dental, too. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$20,016 - $40,851
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$30K
$41K
MEDIAN: $29,820
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$10.22 - $16.61
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$20,016 - $40,851  
   
Bonus
$48.48 - $1,024  
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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$21,284 - $35,608  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 105
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.22 - $16.61  
   
Overtime
$12.09 - $25.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$48.48 - $1,024  
   
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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$21,284 - $35,608  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,531
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $27,735

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For Entry-Level Certified Medical Assistants, busy Minneapolis offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Certified Medical Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+21 percent), Portland (+18 percent), Charleston (+14 percent), and Durham (+12 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Chattanooga is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers pay around 8 percent less in Raleigh and 7 percent less in Greenville, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Skills That Affect Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Salaries

Family Practice/Pediatrics
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Patient Education
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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Customer Service
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Medical Records
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Office Administration
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Internal Medicine
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Pediatrics
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Phlebotomy
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Family Practice
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Triage
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Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
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Scheduling
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Cardiology
0%

National Average
$28,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 149 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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