Medical Assistant (Certified) Salary

Most Certified Medical Assistants in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $13.94 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $10.77 per hour and $17.88. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and years of experience. While some workers in this profession — roughly a fourth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and a little over a half have dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$21,354 - $42,319
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$21K
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$42K
MEDIAN: $30,178
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$10.77 - $17.88
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$21,354 - $42,319  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $920  
Profit Sharing
$100.90 - $4,848  
Commission
$0.00 - $10,746  
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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$22,600 - $38,331  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 435
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.77 - $17.88  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.54  
Overtime
$9.97 - $26.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $920  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $10,746  
Profit Sharing
$100.90 - $4,848  
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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$22,600 - $38,331  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 6,378
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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

  • 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 Medical Assistant (Certified)


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Certified Medical Assistants sometimes assume positions such as Physician Assistants. That role pays $83K per year on average. Career advancement for the typical Certified Medical Assistant often leads to becoming a Registered Nurse or a Licensed Practical Nurse; median salaries in these positions are $26K higher and $8K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Assistant (Certified)


Certified Medical Assistants flock to Family Practice Clinic, Internal Medicine Group, Mercy Hospital, Novant Health, and Carolinas Healthcare Systems, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. The biggest paychecks can be found at Sutter Gould Medical Foundation — the median salary there is $43K. Soaring salaries can also be found at The Polyclinic, Texas Children's Hospital, and Catholic Medical Center, where earnings of $38K, $33K, or $33K are standard for Certified Medical Assistants.

Piedmont Healthcare, WellStar Health System, and Novant Health also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $25K, $26K, and $28K.

Popular Skills for Medical Assistant (Certified)


Survey results imply that Certified Medical Assistants deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Obstetrics/Gynecology, Wound Care, Procedures, and Family Practice/Pediatrics are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with Electronic Medical Records also know Procedures and Scheduling.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Assistant (Certified)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Certified Medical Assistants, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $28K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $31K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $33K in this role. Certified Medical Assistants with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $35K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $29,437

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With a pay rate for Certified Medical Assistants that is 27 percent greater than the national average, Seattle offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Certified Medical Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+18 percent), Portland (+17 percent), Chicago (+16 percent), and Philadelphia (+9 percent). Orlando is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 5 percent. Indianapolis and Austin are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 4 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively.

Medical Assistant (Certified) Reviews

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

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.

What is it like working as a Medical Assistant (Certified) at Spectrum Health?

Medical Assistant (Certified) in Grand Rapids:
"Medical assistant."
Pros: There are many locations and can transfer within the organization to other specialties and locations.
Cons: Everything is so standardized the providers aren't really allowed to practice with there own style.

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Experience Affects Medical Assistant (Certified) Salaries




National Average
$29,000


Skills That Affect Medical Assistant (Certified) Salaries

Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
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Procedures
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Wound Care
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Triage
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Patient Education
up arrow 1%

Family Practice/Pediatrics
up arrow 1%

Acute Care
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
0%

Phlebotomy
0%

Scheduling
0%

Customer Service
0%

National Average
$29,000

Family Practice
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Office Administration
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Microsoft Office
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Medical Records
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 940 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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