Medical Assistant (Certified) Salary

Women account for the majority of Certified Medical Assistants in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $14.57 per hour. Total cash compensation to Certified Medical Assistants approaches anywhere from $24K on the lower end to $40K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $2K from bonuses and upwards of $8K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by the company and experience level. Work is enjoyable for Certified Medical Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by a majority. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$22,714 - $44,345
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MEDIAN: $30,779
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$11.48 - $18.51
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$22,714 - $44,345  
   
Bonus
$103.30 - $1,986  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $8,243  
Commission
$300.00  
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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$24,016 - $39,632  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 385
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$11.48 - $18.51  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.14  
Overtime
$15.22 - $27.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$103.30 - $1,986  
   
Commission
$300.00  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $8,243  
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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$24,016 - $39,632  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 6,531

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Job Description for Medical Assistant (Certified)

Certified medical assistants most often work in a doctor's office, a nursing care center, or another medical facility such as a hospital, nursing home, or pharmacy. Their responsibilities include providing continuing patient care, working with doctors and nurses to meet the needs of patents, and performing administrative and clerical duties in an office environment. They greet and assist patients with paperwork, show patients to their exam rooms, and take patients' vitals and drawing blood. Their typical work week usually includes a full-time schedule during regular business hours, although they may be hired for night shifts.

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Medical Assistant (Certified) Tasks

  • 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.
  • Collect, prepare and log blood, tissue or other laboratory specimens.
  • Prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician.
  • Interview and record patients' medical information and measure their vital signs, weight, and height.

Common Career Paths for Medical Assistant (Certified)


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Certified Medical Assistants who advance into the role of a Physician Assistant are fairly uncommon. Physician Assistants on average earn $84K per year. A common career progression for a Certified Medical Assistant is to become a Registered Nurse or a Licensed Practical Nurse. Compared to Certified Medical Assistants, the first group earns $25K more on average, and the second group earns $7K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Assistant (Certified)


Family Practice Clinic, WellStar Health System, Mercy Hospital, HCA Physician Services, and Providence Hospital are all popular places to work. Although the highest salaries can be found at Providence Hospital where median pay is $34K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $31K and $47K. Certified Medical Assistants will also find cushy salaries at Catholic Medical Center (+$34K), St Vincent Hospital Indianapolis (+$33K), and Duke University (+$32K).

Employees at Scott & White Hospital and Clinic take home the smallest paychecks, and $26K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $24K and quickly nearing the top at only $28K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Medical Associates at $28K, Family Practice Clinic at $29K, and Baptist Health, where $29K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Medical Assistant (Certified)


Survey results imply that Certified Medical Assistants deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Wound Care, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics, and Procedures are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people skilled in Electronic Medical Records are similarly competent in Phlebotomy and Scheduling.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Assistant (Certified)

Pay by Experience for a Medical Assistant (Certified) has a positive trend. An entry-level Medical Assistant (Certified) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 3,658 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Medical Assistant (Certified) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 2,052 salaries. An experienced Medical Assistant (Certified) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 1,537 salaries. A Medical Assistant (Certified) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 520 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,669

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for Certified Medical Assistants, 29 percent above the national average. Certified Medical Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Portland (+15 percent), Chicago (+13 percent), New York (+11 percent), and Spokane (+7 percent). Falling short of the national average by 9 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Memphis. Below-median salaries also turn up in Jacksonville and San Antonio (7 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

Medical Assistant (Certified) Reviews

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

Medical Assistant (Certified) in Roseville:
"Semi restricted work environment."
Pros: Helping the patients, resolving issues for the patients, obtaining referrals and authorizations.
Cons: Not being allowed to move up or use all of my training.

Medical Assistant (Certified) in Roanoke:
"Working as medical assistant."
Pros: I can be a role model to others and help others and improve my patients quality of life.
Cons: I have beenvresponsible for waaay more than I should. I have been performing MY duties, my team lead's dutiesvwhile she was out for 3 months, and am now assisting withvtraining for my new teamblead. It is highly stressful and thua far I have jot been properly compensated.

Medical Assistant (Certified) in Raleigh:
"Medical Assisting."
Pros: I love the fact that I work in a facility , I see on a weekly basis that I am part of making a difference in the health of overweight patience. Not just to see the pounds melt off but also to see that blood pressures drop, cholesterol levels drop and diabetic patients sugar levels drop.
Cons: Some times my job can be stressful and demanding. I train new employees and although I take pride in that it sometimes slows me down. .

Medical Assistant (Certified) in Wilmington:
"Flexibility, perks, management is great, staff is awesome,"
Pros: Working with the patients. Helping the patients.
Cons: Nothing at all.

Medical Assistant (Certified) in Greensboro:
"Love the work."
Pros: I love the hours. I like being in the medical field and helping people. It is great experience if you want to keep moving forward in the health field.
Cons: It's a stressful and underpaid field.

Medical Assistant (Certified) in Grand Rapids:
"I Enjoy Helping People And Use My Administrative Skills."
Pros: Multi-tasking, doing administrative duties, giving injections, and phlebotomy.
Cons: Not having enough medical assistant staff to help cover all the duties that we do in the multi-specialty clinic.

Medical Assistant (Certified) in Tinley Park:
Pros: Hands on with the patients and working for my doctors.
Cons: Lack of fairness in what is done among all MA's, no following through to correct problems.

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Key Stats for Medical Assistant (Certified)

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 932 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Medical Assistant (Certified) Salaries

▲17%

▲9%

▲3%

National Average
$31,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Medical Assistant (Certified) Salaries

▲2%


▲1%

▲1%


Phlebotomy
▼0%

Scheduling
▼0%

Triage
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$31,000

Customer Service
▼1%

Family Practice
▼1%

Office Administration
▼1%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 932 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 26%
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