Medical Assistant (Certified) Salary
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.Read More...
Certified medical assistants must have a high-school diploma or GED, as well as an associate's degree in medical assisting or equivalent training/job experience (usually two to five years), and certification by the American Association of Medical Assistants. Certified medical assistants also usually possess at least a year of experience in the field or a related profession. They must also have CPR certification and experience working within HIPAA and other patient privacy laws. Other traits a medical assistant must possess include attention to detail, computer competency, and good interpersonal communication skills.
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)
Certified Medical Assistants sometimes assume positions such as Physician Assistants. That role pays $84K per year on average. Certified Medical Assistants most often move into positions as Registered Nurses or Licensed Practical Nurses; those groups report median salaries that are $26K higher and $7K higher, respectively.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Assistant (Certified)
Dominating the field, Family Practice Clinic, HCA Physician Services, Mercy Hospital, WellStar Health System, and Providence Hospital are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Certified Medical Assistants. Those at Providence Medical Group can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $40K. Also paying near the top of the field are Catholic Medical Center at $34K, Providence Hospital at $34K, and St Vincent Hospital Indianapolis, where Certified Medical Assistants annually earn $33K.
WellStar Health System, Medical Associates and Family Practice Clinic are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $27K, $28K, and $29K.
Popular Skills for Medical Assistant (Certified)
Certified Medical Assistants seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Wound Care, Pediatrics, Obstetrics/Gynecology, and Procedures are correlated to pay that is above average. For most people, competency in Electronic Medical Records indicates knowledge of Phlebotomy and Scheduling.
Pay by Experience Level for Medical Assistant (Certified)
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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $29K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $31K. On average, Certified Medical Assistants make $33K following one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Certified Medical Assistant generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $36K.
Pay Difference by Location
For Certified Medical Assistants, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Certified Medical Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Portland (+17 percent), Chicago (+13 percent), New York (+11 percent), and Spokane (+8 percent). Memphis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 8 percent. Jacksonville and San Antonio are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 5 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively.
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