Medical Assistant (Certified) Salary

Most Certified Medical Assistants in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $14.50 per hour. In the world of Certified Medical Assistants, overall income ranges from $24K near the bottom to $39K at the top; this can include more than $2K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by the company and experience level. While some workers in this profession — close to a fourth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and a majority have dental insurance. The majority of Certified Medical Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$22,613 - $43,569
$23K
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$44K
MEDIAN: $30,646
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$11.42 - $18.36
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$22,613 - $43,569  
   
Bonus
$101.65 - $2,008  
Profit Sharing
$253.42 - $7,891  
Commission
$275.00  
Total Pay (?
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$23,887 - $39,217  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 371
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Hourly Rate
$11.42 - $18.36  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.96  
Overtime
$15.15 - $27.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$101.65 - $2,008  
   
Commission
$275.00  
Profit Sharing
$253.42 - $7,891  
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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$23,887 - $39,217  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 6,196

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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

  • 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)


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Certified Medical Assistants do not often transition into Physician Assistant roles. The role averages $84K per year. Typical career progression for a Certified Medical Assistant involves becoming a Registered Nurse or a Licensed Practical Nurse, roles that pay $26K more and $7K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Assistant (Certified)


Family Practice Clinic, WellStar Health System, Mercy Hospital, HCA Physician Services, and Providence Hospital are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Certified Medical Assistants. Although salaries only range from $31K to just $47K, Providence Hospital still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $34K. Catholic Medical Center, St Vincent Hospital Indianapolis, and Duke University are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Certified Medical Assistants earning around $34K, $33K, or $32K at each firm, respectively.

Scott & White Hospital and Clinic offers the least pay with a median salary of $26K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $28K. Workers at Medical Associates, Family Practice Clinic, and Baptist Health also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $28K, $29K, and $29K respectively.

Popular Skills for Medical Assistant (Certified)


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Wound Care, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics, and Procedures are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with Electronic Medical Records also know Phlebotomy 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $29K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $32K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Certified Medical Assistants make a median salary of $33K. 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

National Average: $30,517

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Certified Medical Assistants, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. Certified Medical Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Portland (+16 percent), Chicago (+13 percent), New York (+11 percent), and Spokane (+7 percent). Memphis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 9 percent. Employers also pay below the national average in Jacksonville (7 percent lower) and San Antonio (2 percent lower).

Medical Assistant (Certified) Reviews

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

Medical Assistant (Certified) in Roseville:
"Semi restricted work environment."
Pros: Helping the patients, resolving issues for the patients, obtaining referrals and authorizations.
Cons: Not being allowed to move up or use all of my training.

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.

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.

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Key Stats for Medical Assistant (Certified)

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 842 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Medical Assistant (Certified) Salaries

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▲9%

▲4%

National Average
$31,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Medical Assistant (Certified) Salaries

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Phlebotomy
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Scheduling
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Customer Service
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Triage
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Family Practice
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Microsoft Office
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Office Administration
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National Average
$31,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 842 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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