Medical Assistant (Certified) Salary

Women comprise the majority of Certified Medical Assistants in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $13.70 per hour on average. Cash earnings for Certified Medical Assistants — including $1K in bonuses and $4K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $22K to $38K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by career duration and the individual firm. Just under one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the greater part report medical coverage and just over a half claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Certified Medical Assistants. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,795 - $40,882
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$21K
$30K
$41K
MEDIAN: $29,801
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$10.37 - $17.64
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$20,795 - $40,882  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $970  
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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$21,917 - $37,868  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 423
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.37 - $17.64  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.23  
Overtime
$7.98 - $25.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $970  
   
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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$21,917 - $37,868  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,635
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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)


Known for taking on a considerable number of Certified Medical Assistants, Family Practice Clinic, Internal Medicine Group, Mercy Hospital, Piedmont Healthcare, and Carolinas Healthcare Systems are leading firms in the industry. 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 $22K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $38K.

Popular Skills for Medical Assistant (Certified)


Certified Medical Assistants seem to exploit a large range 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. 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $27K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $30K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $33K. Certified Medical Assistants who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $34K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Certified Medical Assistants, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Certified Medical Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Portland (+17 percent), Chicago (+16 percent), Philadelphia (+9 percent), and Baltimore (+7 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Memphis, 11 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in San Antonio (10 percent lower) and Orlando (8 percent lower).

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
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 845 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
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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