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Medical Assistant (Certified) Salary

Most Certified Medical Assistants in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $13.63 per hour. In the world of Certified Medical Assistants, total cash compensation can vary between $22K and $38K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $1K and $4K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by years of experience and the specific company. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly less than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the greater part have medical insurance and over one-half receive dental plans. Job satisfaction for Certified Medical Assistants is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$20,844 - $40,950
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$21K
$30K
$41K
MEDIAN: $29,867
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$10.29 - $17.57
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$20,844 - $40,950  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $975  
Profit Sharing
$102.41 - $4,069  
Commission
$509 - $1,474  
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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$21,684 - $37,793  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 418
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.29 - $17.57  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.23  
Overtime
$7.97 - $25.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $975  
   
Commission
$509 - $1,474  
Profit Sharing
$102.41 - $4,069  
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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$21,684 - $37,793  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,487

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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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While not commonly seen, Certified Medical Assistants who transition into a Physician Assistant position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Physician Assistants is $82K per year. 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 $8K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Assistant (Certified)


The biggest paychecks can be found at Internal Medicine Group — the median salary there is $32K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $21K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $39K.

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, Procedures, Wound Care, and Family Practice/Pediatrics are correlated to pay that is above average. For most people, competency in Electronic Medical Records indicates knowledge of 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $27K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $30K. Certified Medical Assistants see a median salary of $33K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $34K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For Certified Medical Assistants, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 30 percent greater than the national average. Certified Medical Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Portland (+18 percent), Chicago (+16 percent), Philadelphia (+8 percent), and Atlanta (+7 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, San Antonio is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers pay around 10 percent less in Memphis and 8 percent less in Orlando, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Medical Assistant (Certified) Reviews

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

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.

Medical Assistant (Certified) in Chapel Hill:
"The Good, The Bad And The Ugly."
Pros: Working with patients and actually feeling like I have helped them.
Cons: We are over worked and under appreciated.

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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 4%

Procedures
up arrow 3%

Family Practice/Pediatrics
up arrow 2%

Wound Care
up arrow 2%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Triage
up arrow 1%

Patient Education
up arrow 1%

Phlebotomy
0%

Scheduling
0%

Family Practice
0%

Acute Care
0%

National Average
$29,000

Office Administration
up arrow 1%

Medical Records
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 836 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 29%
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