Salary for Medical Assistant in Washington – WA
Medical assistant wages vary from state to state and even city to city within a state. A survey performed by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) revealed the national average salary for certified medical assistants is about $31,000. Washington medical assistant salary is right on target with providing a comparable wage to medical assistants within the state.
Below is a listing of approximate wages for certified medical assistants in the largest cities in Washington.
- Seattle 32,000
- Spokane 34,000
- Tacoma 30,000
- Bellevue 32,00
As a practicing medical assistant you must provide proof of your ability and recertify one time every 5 years. In order to be eligible to do so in Washington you must complete a set number of continuing education units (CEUs) or sit for the re certification exam.
In July 2009, Washington legislators passed a bill more clearly defining the ability a medical assistant has in administering medications to a patient. The laws are designed to protect the medical assistant and will further help medical assistants define the ever important scope-of-practice in their professional career. www.wssma.org/documents/Bill1414.pdf