Medical Assistant Jobs Guide

With a strong 23% increase in medical assistant jobs over the next decade according to bls.gov, CMA employment will be sought after and very desirable. The employment outlook is strong and the salary is very competitive as you can see below.

Did you Know Medical Assistant Jobs are in Demand?

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There have been multiple surveys done by healthcare providers and research firms like the Healthcare Intelligence Network that showed that (CMA) Certified Medical Assistants are critical parts of the functioning medical facility.

This made employers hire more medical assistants and set up their facilities using more CMAs than ever before! Also, the baby boomer generation is pushing the healthcare system to the max, and that will only keep the demand high for decades! Click on the tabs below for more great information about being a working medical assistant and how to go about finding medical assistant jobs.

Medical Assistant Job and Salary Outlook

As stated above, the growth is astounding! The salary is growing and is competitive! CMAprograms.org is very excited about the future of what we consider the jack-of-all-trades position in healthcare.

CMA Job Data

Certified Medical AssistantsData from www.bls.gov
2015 Median Annual Salary$30,590
2015 Median Hourly Wage$14.71
Entry-Level Education RequirementPostsecondary non-degree award
Total Employment in 2014591,300
Employment Change by 2024138,900
Percent Change in Employment23%

Skills That Make you More Employable

The more work experience and credentials you have as a medical assistant, the more you it will help separate you from the “pack” in this tough medical assistant jobs market. Below we list what have been considered by payscale.com as the biggest factors in deciding pay for medical assistants.

Skills That Make you a Better Job Candidate

Job SkillsAvg. Increase in Pay
Cardiology7%
Family Practice5%
Family Practice/Pediatrics5%
Pediatrics5%
Electronic Medical Records (EMR)4%
Patient Education4%
Triage4%
Internal Medicine4%
Scheduling3%
Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)3%
Phlebotomy2%
Customer Service2%
Office Administration1%
Microsoft Office1%

Big Cities That Pay Higher Than the National Average

Not unlike other positions, medical assistant jobs do pay more in bigger cities. We break out which ones pay above the national average on average below.

Cities That Pay Higher Salaries

City and Surrounding Area NameAvg. Hourly PayAvg. Yearly Salary
San Jose, CA$20.76$43,180
Santa Rosa, CA$20.46$42,560
San Francisco, CA$19.61$40,800
Oakland, CA$19.38$40,310
Santa Cruz, CA$19.37$40,300
Fairbanks, AK$19.32$40,180
Rochester, MN$19.12$39,780
Boston, MA$19.02$39,570
Anchorage, AK$18.58$38,640
Seattle WA$18.25$37,960

Resources for CMA Employment

Here are the links to the leading medical assistant job websites. We have made it easy for you by putting them all in the same place with the link going to the medical assistant page. No searching necessary! Good luck on getting medical assistant jobs!

Top Resources for Finding a CMA Job

Payscale.com
Glassdoor.com
Monster.com
Indeed.com
Simplyhired.com
Careerbuilder.com
BLS.gov

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