Medical Assistant (Certified) Salary

Certified Medical Assistants in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $13.69 per hour. Cash earnings for Certified Medical Assistants — which occasionally include more than $1K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing — stretch from around $22K to approximately $38K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by career length and the specific company. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and a little more than half receive dental plans. Most Certified Medical Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,813 - $40,862
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$21K
$30K
$41K
MEDIAN: $29,776
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$10.40 - $17.62
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$20,813 - $40,862  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $966  
Profit Sharing
$103.91 - $4,013  
Commission
$450.00 - $1,250  
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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$21,971 - $37,802  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 425
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.40 - $17.62  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.23  
Overtime
$7.93 - $25.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $966  
   
Commission
$450.00 - $1,250  
Profit Sharing
$103.91 - $4,013  
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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$21,971 - $37,802  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,648
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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 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)


Certified Medical Assistants fill the offices of leading firms Family Practice Clinic, Internal Medicine Group, Mercy Hospital, Piedmont Healthcare, and Carolinas Healthcare Systems. 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 $22K to $38K.

Popular Skills for Medical Assistant (Certified)


Survey takers working as Certified Medical Assistants report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Obstetrics/Gynecology, Procedures, Wound Care, and Family Practice/Pediatrics are correlated to pay that is above average. Those proficient in Electronic Medical Records are, more often than not, 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. 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. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $34K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 17 percent, Certified Medical Assistants in Portland receive some of the highest pay in the country. Certified Medical Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+16 percent), Philadelphia (+9 percent), Greensboro (+8 percent), and Atlanta (+7 percent). With compensation 11 percent below the national average, Memphis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Workers in San Antonio and Orlando earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 8 percent.

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%

Triage
up arrow 1%

Patient Education
up arrow 1%

Acute Care
up arrow 1%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
0%

Phlebotomy
0%

Scheduling
0%

Customer Service
0%

National Average
$29,000

Family Practice
up arrow 1%

Medical Records
up arrow 2%

Office Administration
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 848 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
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 28%
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