Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Salary

Certified Medical Assistants in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $14.31 per hour for pay. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and years of experience are driving factors as well. While some workers in this profession — just under a third — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$20,388 - $42,711
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MEDIAN: $30,623
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$10.96 - $18.33
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$0$42K
Salary $20,388 - $42,711
Bonus $48.72 - $1,216
Profit Sharing $2,000
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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$22,948 - $39,117
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 197
Hourly Data $0$27
Hourly Rate $10.96 - $18.33
Hourly Tips $15.00
Overtime $13.75 - $27.23
Annual Data $0$39K
Bonus $48.72 - $1,216
Profit Sharing $2,000
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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$22,948 - $39,117
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,915

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Job Description for Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)

Certified medical assistants (CMAs) have duties and responsibilities related to patient care in a clinic environment. The CMA maintains the inventory of supplies for examination and procedure rooms, assists in the organization of patient flow, and organizes the clinic environment to ensure patient safety. They are also responsible for cleaning all supplies. The CMA functions under direct supervision of the physician when determining competencies and performing clinical tasks during patient care. The CMA reports to the clinic manager or lead nurse, who is responsible for administrative supervision.

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Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) 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 Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)


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As Certified Medical Assistants transition into upper-level roles such as Registered Nurse, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Registered Nurses earn $56K on average per year. As Certified Medical Assistants progress in their field, many go on to become Medical Assistants. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $28K. Another common career choice for Certified Medical Assistants is to move into a Licensed Practical Nurse role — this promotion usually pays $38K.

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)


Many Certified Medical Assistants can be found at Novant Health, Family Practice Group, Mercy Hospital, Allina Hospitals and Clinics, and Baptist Health, firms that are at the top of the field. Those at Allina Hospitals and Clinics can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $39K.

Popular Skills for Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Obstetrics/Gynecology, Triage, Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people who know Electronic Medical Records also know Phlebotomy and Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)

Pay by Experience for a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) has a positive trend. An entry-level Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 1,624 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 806 salaries. An experienced Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 639 salaries. A Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 210 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,190

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Certified Medical Assistants that is 28 percent greater than the national average, Portland offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Certified Medical Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+25 percent), Minneapolis (+23 percent), Baltimore (+9 percent), and Fort Worth (+9 percent). With compensation 9 percent below the national average, Greenville 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 Oklahoma City and Charlotte (9 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Reviews

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

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) in Erie:
"The pay does not equal the work."
Pros: I enjoy my job very much and I work with great people. Its a great job.
Cons: The pay doesn't match the amount of work that I do. I know most people would say the same thing, but its so true. I have a lot of responsibility and I just don't feel my pay reflects that at all.

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) in San Francisco:
"Sets standard for performance."
Pros: Going home after.
Cons: Smelly patients.

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) in Tuscaloosa:
"I love it.encouraging patients, listening to them."
Pros: Taking care of the patients, making them feel better. And letting them know they can talk to me about whatever is going on.And I do my best to help them.Listen, in courage the patient. Let them know they are Love.
Cons: Seeing the patients so down. And in pain. We talk and pray for better days.

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) in Atlanta:
"Should I settle?"
Pros: The hours and benefits are great for Atlanta.
Cons: The providers and the pay rate are something else to be desired.

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) in Charlottesville:
Pros: Learning is encouraged and knowledge is shared.
Cons:

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) in Richmond:
Pros: I do LPN, RN, and Lab Tech duties.
Cons:

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) in New York:
Pros: Taking care of others.
Cons: No benefits.

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Key Stats for Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 402 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Salaries

▲15%

▲9%

▲3%

National Average
$30,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Salaries


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National Average
$30,000

Medical Records
▼1%

Office Administration
▼1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 402 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 30%
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