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Medical Assistant (Certified) Salary

Most Certified Medical Assistants in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $13.65 per hour. Total cash compensation to Certified Medical Assistants approaches anywhere from $22K on the lower end to $38K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $1K from bonuses and upwards of $4K from profit sharing. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — experience level and the individual firm are driving factors as well. Most Certified Medical Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. Although the greater part have medical coverage and just over a half have dental coverage, slightly less than a third claim no health benefits at all. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,761 - $40,922
(Median)
$21K
$30K
$41K
MEDIAN: $29,848
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$10.30 - $17.58
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$10
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$20,761 - $40,922  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $972  
Profit Sharing
$102.41 - $4,069  
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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$21,704 - $37,758  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 419
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.30 - $17.58  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.23  
Overtime
$7.77 - $25.80  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $972  
   
Commission
$450.00 - $1,250  
Profit Sharing
$102.41 - $4,069  
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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$21,704 - $37,758  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,547

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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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Certified Medical Assistants do not often transition into Physician Assistant roles. The role averages $82K per year. When Certified Medical Assistants are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Registered Nurses or Licensed Practical Nurses. Those roles pay an additional $26K and $8K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Assistant (Certified)


Family Practice Clinic, Internal Medicine Group, Piedmont Healthcare, Carolinas Healthcare Systems, and Mercy Hospital are all popular places to work. Carolinas Healthcare Systems offers the largest salaries in town — $29K on average.

Popular Skills for Medical Assistant (Certified)


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 skilled in Electronic Medical Records are similarly competent 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. 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 bring in $33K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $34K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Certified Medical Assistants, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 29 percent greater than the national average. Certified Medical Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Portland (+17 percent), Chicago (+16 percent), Philadelphia (+8 percent), and Atlanta (+7 percent). With compensation 12 percent below the national average, San Antonio is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Memphis and Orlando (10 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Triage
up arrow 1%

Patient Education
up arrow 1%

Acute Care
up arrow 1%

Phlebotomy
0%

Scheduling
0%

National Average
$29,000

Family Practice
up arrow 1%

Office Administration
up arrow 1%

Medical Records
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 839 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 29%
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