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Medical Assistant Salary

Medical assistants in the United States are registered under the American Association of Medical Assistants. This organisation regulates and administers the medical assistant profession in the country. One role the organisation plays in its capacity as overseer is to monitor and compile medical assistant salary statistics. They do this once a year and at the end of it publish a report outlining some of the major issues that surround medical assistant salary ranges. In the CMA (AAMA) salary survey that was carried out in 2009, some of the following issues were highlighted.

In the survey compilation, over 9,000 electronic questionnaires were sent out to a similar number of AAMA members countrywide. More than 2,800 CMAs completed the survey. In the survey, annual gross salaries as well as hourly rates were evaluated. Of the full time employee respondents, over 90% were paid on an hourly basis while the rest were paid in annual salaries.

The median annual salary for a full time CMA (AAMA) in 2009 was pegged at $30,834 with an average hourly wage rate of $14.98, up $1.35 since 2004. It was also noted that there was a slight incremental difference with an increase in number of years of experience.

In addition to this, the survey also noted that salary ranges were also affected by geographical displacement. East North Central attracted the lowest salary of $27,903 while the Pacific region had the highest salary of $31,833. The practice location played another role in determining the salary range with those working in major metro–downtown earning slightly more than those working in the major metro–neighbourhood areas.

Specialisation is another factor that affects the medical assistant salary. Most of the respondents who sighted ‘other’ specialisations also had higher wages than those who had the usual practice roles. These specialities included surgical specialities and others such as anaesthesiology, dermatology, psychiatry and urology.

About 86% of the full time practitioners who responded receive benefits to augment their medical assistant salary. In as much as the statistics are somewhat similar to those of 2004, individual benefit rates have drastically increased. The most prevalent benefits include major medical cover, dental cover, vision cover, disability insurance, discount prescription, basic hospitalization, accidental health and professional liability. However, the percentage of those covered decreases in tandem with this list, from 75% to a paltry 21%. Nevertheless, there was still about 10-14% of respondents who had no benefits.

Training also plays a big part in the CMA (AAMA) salary earned by an individual. According to the survey, 60% of the respondents had a certificate or diploma in medical assisting, and 42% had an associate degree. Fourteen percent had on the job training, 6% had training in a related field, 1% had had gone through a high school medical assisting program and 6% had other qualifications. This shows that the survey results for the medical assistant salary are majorly indicative of the first two levels of qualifications.

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