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Medical Assistant (Certified) Salary

Certified Medical Assistants in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $13.62 per hour for pay. In the world of Certified Medical Assistants, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $1K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $5K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $22K and $38K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but years of experience and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Although just under a third lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and just over a half get dental coverage, too. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,969 - $40,924
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$21K
$30K
$41K
MEDIAN: $29,954
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$10.25 - $17.56
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$20,969 - $40,924  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $980  
Profit Sharing
$103.42 - $4,894  
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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$21,606 - $37,798  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 416
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.25 - $17.56  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.25  
Overtime
$8.41 - $25.82  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $980  
   
Commission
$509 - $1,474  
Profit Sharing
$103.42 - $4,894  
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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$21,606 - $37,798  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,429

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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 Certified Medical Assistants do not often become Physician Assistants, the job pays $82K per year on average. 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)


Employees of Internal Medicine Group can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $32K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $21K to $39K.

Popular Skills for Medical Assistant (Certified)


Certified Medical Assistants report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Obstetrics/Gynecology, Procedures, Wound Care, and Family Practice/Pediatrics are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know Electronic Medical Records are also skilled in Procedures and Scheduling.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Assistant (Certified)

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


Certified Medical Assistants do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $27K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $30K. On average, Certified Medical Assistants make $33K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $34K.

Pay Difference by Location


Certified Medical Assistants will find that Seattle offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 32 percent. Certified Medical Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Portland (+18 percent), Chicago (+16 percent), Atlanta (+8 percent), and Philadelphia (+7 percent). Falling short of the national average by 13 percent, the area with the worst salaries is San Antonio. Below-median salaries also turn up in Memphis and Orlando (10 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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%

Wound Care
up arrow 3%

Triage
up arrow 2%

Family Practice/Pediatrics
up arrow 2%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 1%

Scheduling
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Patient Education
up arrow 1%

Phlebotomy
0%

Family Practice
0%

Acute Care
0%

National Average
$29,000

Office Administration
up arrow 1%

Medical Records
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 833 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
46%
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: 30%