Do Medical Assistants Make More Money Than Cna?

Both Medical assistants, sometimes called MAs, and certified nursing assistants, also called nursing aides or CNAs, work in the healthcare sector with patients, but their roles and responsibilities at work, and educational qualifications are quite different. Medical assistants perform a broader variety of non-medical tasks, including administrative tasks such as filing, answering phones. They also may do medical tasks such as taking histories or drawing blood. Salaries vary in both specialties depending on where you work, whether you're certified and how many years you've been at your place of employment. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary for a medical assistant is $14.00 per hour, or $28,860 per year, while the median annual salary for nursing aides is $12.00 per hour, or $24,010 per year. 

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