Certified Registered Medication Aide Salary
Women comprise the majority of Certified Registered Medication Aides in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $12.10 per hour on average. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — over one-half — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by just under a half and dental plans are enjoyed by nearly one in three. For the most part, Certified Registered Medication Aides enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$14,838 - $29,892|
|Total Pay (||$20,272 - $32,664|
|Hourly Rate||$9.71 - $15.25|
|Overtime||$13.76 - $22.22|
|Total Pay (||$20,272 - $32,664|
Job Description for Certified Registered Medication Aide
A certified medication aide is a certified nursing assistant (CNA) that has completed additional classroom training to be certified to dispense medications to patients while working under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. Training is usually 4 months, and includes 140 hours of supervised clinical practice. A certified medication aide must hold a high school diploma or GED, in addition to state CNA certification. The ideal certified medication aide is very detail-oriented, organized, and self-motivated. Certified medication aides must be people-oriented, as they generally work with the geriatric population, in nursing homes, retirement communities, assisted-living facilities, and home health settings. The hours can vary, and include nights, weekends, and holidays. Generally work schedules are flexible, and can range from 4 to 12 hour days. Opportunities for overtime are plentiful. Working conditions are generally favorable. Work is indoors, but may require frequent standing and heavy lifting. Certified medication aides, as members of the healthcare field, are frequently in demand and are afforded an above-average salary based on experience.
Certified Registered Medication Aide Tasks
- Assist nurses in providing care and medications.
- Follow written and/or oral instructions to administer medications and document dosages and times.
- Monitor patients and report changes in condition or vital signs.
Common Career Paths for Certified Registered Medication Aide
Certified Registered Medication Aides may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Registered Nurse. The latter position pays an average of $56K annually. The most common career progression for Certified Registered Medication Aides leads to becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse, where average pay is $38K annually. However, many Certified Registered Medication Aides also opt to become Medication Aides. Typically, a Medication Aide brings home $24K.
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Popular Skills for Certified Registered Medication Aide
Survey results suggest that Certified Registered Medication Aides use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Acute Care, Hospice, Geriatrics, and Elder Care are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Medicine / Surgery. Those familiar with Geriatrics tend to be well versed in Hospice and Acute Care. Those educated in Elder Care tend to be well versed in Acute Care and Hospice.
Pay by Experience Level for Certified Registered Medication Aide
Pay by Experience for a Certified Registered Medication Aide has a positive trend. An entry-level Certified Registered Medication Aide with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 183 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Certified Registered Medication Aide with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 85 salaries. An experienced Certified Registered Medication Aide which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 67 salaries. A Certified Registered Medication Aide with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 24 salaries.
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