Medical Assistant (Certified) Salary

Most Certified Medical Assistants in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $13.71 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Certified Medical Assistants stretch from $22K on the lower end to $38K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $1K from bonuses and $4K from profit sharing. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — tenure and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by a little over a half. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,831 - $40,852

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$10.45 - $17.64

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$20,831 - $40,852  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $962  
Profit Sharing
$103.42 - $4,027  
Commission
$450.00 - $1,250  
Total Pay (?
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$22,049 - $37,836  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 426
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.45 - $17.64  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.20 - $2.23  
Overtime
$8.06 - $25.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $962  
   
Commission
$450.00 - $1,250  
Profit Sharing
$103.42 - $4,027  
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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$22,049 - $37,836  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,686
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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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It's not very common for Certified Medical Assistants to move on to become Physician Assistants. Average pay for a Physician Assistant is $82K annually. Certified Medical Assistants typically move into roles as Registered Nurses or Licensed Practical Nurses, and those positions pay $26K more and $8K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Assistant (Certified)


Certified Medical Assistants flock to Family Practice Clinic, Internal Medicine Group, Mercy Hospital, Piedmont Healthcare, and Carolinas Healthcare Systems, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Although Internal Medicine Group leads the field in pay with a median salary of $32K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $22K on the low end all the way up to $38K at the top. Other leaders in compensation levels are Mercy Hospital at $31K, Carolinas Healthcare Systems at $29K, and Emory Healthcare, where Certified Medical Assistants annually earn $29K.

Also approaching the lower end are Family Practice Clinic, Spectrum Health, and Emory Healthcare, each paying $29K.

Popular Skills for Medical Assistant (Certified)


Certified Medical Assistants seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Obstetrics/Gynecology, Procedures, Wound Care, 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.


Certified Medical Assistants with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $27K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $30K. Certified Medical Assistants see a median salary of $33K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $34K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Certified Medical Assistants in Chicago enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 17 percent above the national average. Certified Medical Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Portland (+16 percent), Philadelphia (+9 percent), Greensboro (+8 percent), and Atlanta (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is Memphis, which sits 12 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are San Antonio (7 percent less) and Jacksonville (6 percent less).

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

Procedures
up arrow 3%

Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
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 853 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: 69% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 28%
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