Certification to Boost Pay

Medical assistant’s pay is influenced by the type of education, training, professional credentials and years of experience, as well as location and the type of medical practice where special technical and clinical skills are required. An increasing number of medical offices seek certified medical assistants and often also expect at least 1-2 years of experience. Wages will increase significantly for a fully qualified, accredited and certified medical assistant in a medical specialty office! Just read the medical assistant vacancies and wanted ads in your local newspaper, or explore job offers on job websites, such as Indeed.com or MonsterJobs.com and you will quickly learn what employers want. You often find: “Certified medical assistants only, non-certified medical assistants need not apply.”

Attractive benefits may include:

  • medical plans
  • dental & vision plans
  • life, disability and malpractice insurance
  • paid time off (PTO)
  • extended illness time (EIT)
  • flexible spending accounts
  • paid holidays and vacation
  • COBRA & Retiree Medical
  • tuition reimbursement
  • retirement plans
  • in-house company perks

Another important factor that affects wages and benefits is how well individuals present themselves during the interview and their ability to negotiate their pay during the hiring process. All this can make a big difference in the medical assistant’s pay and benefits.

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