Most Certified Medical Assistants in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $14.38 per hour. Total cash earnings of Certified Medical Assistants range from $24K on the low end to $39K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $2K and $8K, respectively. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and tenure are driving factors as well. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. Job satisfaction for Certified Medical Assistants is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$22,638 - $43,268
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MEDIAN: $30,634
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$22,638 - $43,268  
   
Bonus
$99.47 - $1,991  
Profit Sharing
$255.32 - $7,830  
Commission
$275.00  
Total Pay (?
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$23,602 - $38,992  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 385
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.27 - $18.28  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.14  
Overtime
$15.09 - $27.24  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$99.47 - $1,991  
   
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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$23,602 - $38,992  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 6,053
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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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There are some Certified Medical Assistants — though it's uncommon — that transition into Physician Assistants, where earnings are an average $84K annually. 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 $7K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Assistant (Certified)


Many Certified Medical Assistants can be found at Family Practice Clinic, Internal Medicine Group, Providence Hospital, HCA Physician Services, and Mercy Hospital, firms that are at the top of the field. For Certified Medical Assistants, comfortable salaries can be found at Providence Medical Group; in fact, median earnings sit around $40K, the highest in the area. Certified Medical Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks at Catholic Medical Center ($34K), Internal Medicine Group ($34K), and Providence Hospital ($33K).

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Scott & White Hospital and Clinic ($26K), WellStar Health System ($27K), and Baptist Health ($29K).

Popular Skills for Medical Assistant (Certified)


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Procedures, Pediatrics, Obstetrics/Gynecology, and Wound Care are correlated to pay that is above average. Those familiar with Electronic Medical Records also tend to know Phlebotomy 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $28K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $31K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Certified Medical Assistants make a median salary of $33K. 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: $30,264

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For those looking to make money, Certified Medical Assistants in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Certified Medical Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Portland (+17 percent), Chicago (+15 percent), Spokane (+9 percent), and Philadelphia (+7 percent). With compensation 6 percent below the national average, Memphis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Jacksonville (6 percent lower) and San Antonio (3 percent lower).

Medical Assistant (Certified) Reviews

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.

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Experience Affects Medical Assistant (Certified) Salaries




National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Medical Assistant (Certified) Salaries

Procedures
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Wound Care
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Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
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Pediatrics
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Scheduling
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Patient Education
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Family Practice/Pediatrics
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
0%

Phlebotomy
0%

Customer Service
0%

Triage
0%

Office Administration
0%

National Average
$30,000

Family Practice
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Medical Records
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 794 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%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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