Medical Assistant (Certified) Salary

Women comprise the majority of Certified Medical Assistants in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $14.69 per hour on average. Cash earnings for Certified Medical Assistants — which occasionally include more than $2K from bonuses and more than $9K from profit sharing — stretch from around $24K to approximately $40K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by the company and years of experience. Health benefits are not claimed by all — about a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and a majority have dental, too. Work is enjoyable for Certified Medical Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$21,790 - $44,540
$22K
$31K
$45K
MEDIAN: $31,146
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$11.64 - $18.70
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MEDIAN: $14.77
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$0$44K
Salary $21,790 - $44,540
Bonus $131.78 - $2,042
Profit Sharing $100.22 - $9,933
Commission $10,000
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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$24,303 - $40,002
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 22 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 395
Hourly Data $0$27
Hourly Rate $11.64 - $18.70
Hourly Tips $0.96
Overtime $15.41 - $27.95
Annual Data $0$40K
Bonus $131.78 - $2,042
Commission $10,000
Profit Sharing $100.22 - $9,933
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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$24,303 - $40,002
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 22 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 6,837

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 do not often transition into Physician Assistant roles. The role averages $84K 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 $25K and $7K, respectively.

Medical Assistant (Certified) Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Assistant (Certified)


Family Practice Clinic, WellStar Health System, Mercy Hospital, HCA Physician Services, and Providence Hospital are among the top companies that take on many Certified Medical Assistants. Employees at Providence Hospital enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $34K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $31K and higher ones not far away at only $47K. Catholic Medical Center, St Vincent Hospital Indianapolis, and Duke University also offer top salaries for Certified Medical Assistants. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $34K, $33K, and $32K, respectively.

Certified Medical Assistants will find the worst pay at Scott & White Hospital and Clinic, where the median salary crawls in at $26K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $28K, leaving little room for growth. Also approaching the lower end are Medical Associates at $28K, Family Practice Clinic at $29K, and Baptist Health at $29K.

Popular Skills for Medical Assistant (Certified)


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Wound Care, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics, and Procedures are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with Electronic Medical Records also know Phlebotomy and Scheduling.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Assistant (Certified)

Pay by Experience for a Medical Assistant (Certified) has a positive trend. An entry-level Medical Assistant (Certified) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 3,658 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Medical Assistant (Certified) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 2,052 salaries. An experienced Medical Assistant (Certified) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 1,537 salaries. A Medical Assistant (Certified) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 520 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $31,060

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

Surpassing the national average by 28 percent, Certified Medical Assistants in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Certified Medical Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Portland (+15 percent), Chicago (+12 percent), New York (+10 percent), and Spokane (+6 percent). Trailing the national average by 10 percent, Memphis is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Jacksonville and San Antonio also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

Medical Assistant (Certified) Reviews

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

Medical Assistant (Certified) in Pompano Beach:
Pros: Meeting new patients, the triage and different case situation. The vitamin infusions, Phlebotomy.
Cons: The paper work.

Medical Assistant (Certified) in Roseville:
"Semi restricted work environment."
Pros: Helping the patients, resolving issues for the patients, obtaining referrals and authorizations.
Cons: Not being allowed to move up or use all of my training.

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 Logansport:
Pros: I get to help others and educate them about their health.
Cons: Not all employees are happy to be at work.

Medical Assistant (Certified) in Greenwood:
"CMA."
Pros: Very wonderful staff and patients. Very fast paced and busy. No weekend work. Hours are very flexibile.
Cons: At times it can be very stressful due to not having enough staff for the enormous amount of patients we have.

Medical Assistant (Certified) in Los Angeles:
Pros: I enjoy administering vaccines, injections and performing blood work.
Cons: The pay rate is not fair. I'm getting paid the same wage as a medical assistant who does not have a certificate.

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. .

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Key Stats for Medical Assistant (Certified)

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1155 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Experience Affects Medical Assistant (Certified) Salaries

▲15%

▲7%

▲2%

National Average
$31,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Medical Assistant (Certified) Salaries

▲1%


▼0%

▼0%

National Average
$31,000


Phlebotomy
▼1%

Scheduling
▼1%



Customer Service
▼2%

Triage
▼2%

Family Practice
▼2%

Microsoft Office
▼2%

Office Administration
▼2%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1155 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
no benefits
None: 27%