Women make up the vast majority of Certified Medical Assistants in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $14.45 per hour. In the world of Certified Medical Assistants, total cash compensation can vary between $24K and $39K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $2K and $8K, respectively. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and years of experience. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by more than half. For the most part, Certified Medical Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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MEDIAN: $30,707
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$22,921 - $44,025  
   
Bonus
$100.43 - $1,989  
Profit Sharing
$255.32 - $7,830  
Commission
$275.00  
Total Pay (?
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$23,771 - $39,016  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 394
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Hourly Rate
$11.34 - $18.27  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.96  
Overtime
$15.02 - $27.26  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$100.43 - $1,989  
   
Commission
$275.00  
Profit Sharing
$255.32 - $7,830  
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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$23,771 - $39,016  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 6,289

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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 sometimes assume positions such as Physician Assistants. That role pays $84K per year on average. 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 $7K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Assistant (Certified)


Dominating the field, Family Practice Clinic, HCA Physician Services, Mercy Hospital, WellStar Health System, and Providence Hospital are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Certified Medical Assistants. Those at Providence Medical Group can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $40K. Also paying near the top of the field are Catholic Medical Center at $34K, Providence Hospital at $34K, and St Vincent Hospital Indianapolis, where Certified Medical Assistants annually earn $33K.

WellStar Health System, Medical Associates and Family Practice Clinic are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $27K, $28K, and $29K.

Popular Skills for Medical Assistant (Certified)


Certified Medical Assistants seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Wound Care, Pediatrics, Obstetrics/Gynecology, and Procedures are correlated to pay that is above average. For most people, competency in Electronic Medical Records indicates knowledge of Phlebotomy and Scheduling.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Assistant (Certified)

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $29K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $31K. On average, Certified Medical Assistants make $33K following one to two decades on the job. 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: $30,402

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For Certified Medical Assistants, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Certified Medical Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Portland (+17 percent), Chicago (+13 percent), New York (+11 percent), and Spokane (+8 percent). Memphis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 8 percent. Jacksonville and San Antonio are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 5 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively.

Medical Assistant (Certified) Reviews

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

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.

Medical Assistant (Certified) in Las Vegas:
Pros: Patient contact, office condition, fellow employees, professional atmosphere.
Cons: Stress level, pay, management, corporate culture.

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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 838 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Medical Assistant (Certified) Salaries




National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Medical Assistant (Certified) Salaries







Phlebotomy
0%

Customer Service
0%

Scheduling
0%

Triage
0%

Family Practice
0%

Family Practice/Pediatrics
0%

Office Administration
0%

National Average
$30,000



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 838 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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