Women account for the majority of Certified Medication Technicians in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $11.82 per hour. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — more than two-fifths lack coverage. On the flip side, approximately half have medical insurance and just over two-fifths receive dental plans. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

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MEDIAN: $25,434
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$9.55 - $15.05
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,754 - $39,594  
   
Bonus
$500  
Total Pay (?
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$19,927 - $32,388  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 17
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.55 - $15.05  
   
Overtime
$6.70 - $21.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$500  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$19,927 - $32,388  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 396
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Job Description for Certified Medication Technician (CMT)

Certified medication technicians (CMTs) work primarily in nursing homes, hospitals, and long-term health care facilities. Many states require CMTs to possess a certified nursing assistant (CNA) certification, which requires a high school diploma or equivalent, completion of a nursing assistant program, and taking the certification examination. In addition to CNA certification, certified medication technicians must complete additional training, a clinical examination, and a written test, and possess a current state license.

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Certified Medication Technician (CMT) Tasks

  • Monitor patients and report changes in condition or vital signs.
  • Follow written and/or oral instructions to administer medications and document dosages and times.
  • Assist nurses in providing care and medications.

Common Career Paths for Certified Medication Technician (CMT)


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Many Certified Medication Technicians move into a Licensed Practical Nurse role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $38K per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Certified Medication Technician (CMT)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Certified Medication Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $24K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $24K. Certified Medication Technicians bring in $26K after working for 10 to 20 years. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $28K.

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Experience Affects Certified Medication Technician (CMT) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$25,000

Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Certified Medication Technician (CMT) Salaries

insulin certified
up arrow 4%

CNA
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CPR
0%

National Average
$25,000

Elder Care
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Medical Terminology
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 51%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
medical benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 45%
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