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Certified Registered Medication Aide Salary

Certified Registered Medication Aides in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $10.82 per hour for pay. Pay generally varies between $8.73 per hour and $13.73. The majority of Certified Registered Medication Aides claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly one-half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, just over two-fifths report medical coverage and approximately two in five claim dental coverage as well. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$18,365 - $37,594
(Median)
$18K
$30K
$38K
MEDIAN: $30,201
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$8.73 - $13.73
(Median)
$8
$11
$14
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$18,365 - $37,594  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $307.67  
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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$18,403 - $30,452  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 22
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.73 - $13.73  
   
Overtime
$4.44 - $20.35  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $307.67  
   
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).
)
$18,403 - $30,452  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 361

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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

  • 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 Registered Medication Aide


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While not commonly seen, Certified Registered Medication Aides who transition into a Registered Nurse position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Registered Nurses is $55K per year. When Certified Registered Medication Aides are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Licensed Practical Nurses or Licensed Vocational Nurses. Those roles pay an additional $14K and $17K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Certified Registered Medication Aide


Certified Registered Medication Aides who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Acute Care, Hospice, Geriatrics, and Elder Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 7 percent. Most people experienced in Elder Care also know Hospice and Acute Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Registered Medication Aide

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


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $22K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $25K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Certified Registered Medication Aides make a median salary of $26K. Certified Registered Medication Aides who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $25K.

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Experience Affects Certified Registered Medication Aide Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 13%


Late-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$23,000


Skills That Affect Certified Registered Medication Aide Salaries

Acute Care
up arrow 7%

Hospice
up arrow 5%

Geriatrics
up arrow 3%

Elder Care
up arrow 2%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 2%

National Average
$23,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 44% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 51%