Medical Assistant (Certified) Salary

Certified Medical Assistants in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $13.94 per hour. Pay generally varies between $10.77 per hour and $17.88. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by geography and tenure. Most Certified Medical Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and just over a half receive dental plans. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$21,354 - $42,319
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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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There are some Certified Medical Assistants — though it's uncommon — that transition into Physician Assistants, where earnings are an average $83K annually. Certified Medical Assistants moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Registered Nurses or Licensed Practical Nurses. The median paychecks in those roles are $26K higher and $8K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Assistant (Certified)


Family Practice Clinic, Internal Medicine Group, Mercy Hospital, Novant Health, and Carolinas Healthcare Systems are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Certified Medical Assistants. Certified Medical Assistants seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, where the average salary comes to $43K. Other leaders in compensation levels are The Polyclinic at $38K, Texas Children's Hospital at $33K, and Catholic Medical Center, where Certified Medical Assistants annually earn $33K.

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Piedmont Healthcare ($25K), WellStar Health System ($26K), and Novant Health ($28K).

Popular Skills for Medical Assistant (Certified)


Certified Medical Assistants seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Obstetrics/Gynecology, Wound Care, Procedures, and Family Practice/Pediatrics are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people who know 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Certified Medical Assistants — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $28K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $31K. Certified Medical Assistants claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $33K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $35K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $29,437

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Surpassing the national average by 27 percent, Certified Medical Assistants in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. 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). With compensation 5 percent below the national average, Orlando is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Indianapolis and Austin also lean toward paying below-median salaries (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 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.

Medical Assistant (Certified) in Las Vegas:
Pros: Patient contact, office condition, fellow employees, professional atmosphere.
Cons: Stress level, pay, management, corporate culture.

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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)
up arrow 3%

Procedures
up arrow 2%

Wound Care
up arrow 2%

Triage
up arrow 1%

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
up arrow 1%

Office Administration
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
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Medical Records
up arrow 3%

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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